Disney has unveiled its latest plans for a major Epcot overhaul — it’s a transformation that will likely take a decade to complete.
The theme park behemoth this week showcased the latest additions coming to Epcot in the future and took pains to include new details on rides, new restaurants and essentially a revamping of the entire park.
Part of that multi year Epcot overhaul is the re-naming of some of Epcot’s main guest areas areas:
World Celebration: The entrance area including Spaceship Earth, which will get new scenes “reflecting the universal nature of the human experience,” according to the Disney Parks Blog.
The area also will include Dreamer’s Point, with gardens, a wishing tree and an interactive fountain, as well as a new statue of Walt Disney. In addition, a new multilevel pavilion in this area will provide floor event space, a secondary floor with indoor space and a rooftop viewing area of the park.
World Discovery: This area takes over Future World East. Joining attractions like Test Track and Mission: Space will be “Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind” — a story coaster attraction that will include a reverse launch.
Next to Mission: Space will be a new space-themed restaurant dubbed “Space 220.” It will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, which oversees other restaurants around the resort.
The new Play! pavilion also will be found here where guests can enter a digital metropolis and interact with real and virtual Disney characters including Edna Mode from The Incredibles, Wreck-It Ralph and Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby.
World Nature: This is the new Future World West, the area with The Land and The Seas with Nemo & Friends. This will be home to the recently announced “Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana” attraction that will serve as a trail where guests can see the natural wonders of Polynesia and learn about the importance of water and interact with some characters from the Disney film, Moana. Also, a new film is on the way to the Land Pavilion titled “Awesome Planet,” which will show the diversity and dynamic stories of the planet, beginning in January.
World Showcase: This iconic area of Epcot will keep its name, but add some new attractions — most notably, one themed after Mary Poppins.
The yet-to-be-named attraction will be located at the United Kingdom pavilion and will welcome guests to Cherry Tree Lane. the home of the Banks family where an all new adventure will be waiting. (Bad British accents ‘n’all!) The timeline was not however revealed.
The China and Canada pavilions will welcome new films, “Wondrous China” and “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360,” respectively.
The French pavilion will host a new Beauty and the Beast-themed sing-along attraction opening in January 2020; a new restaurant called La Creperie de Paris; and the the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure ride in summer 2020. We can’t wait to see ‘Little Chef’ !
All these new additions in the works will be viewable by guests at a new mini-attraction called “Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience,” which will be located at the Odyssey Events Pavilion at Epcot starting Oct. 1st this year.
The announcements came atThe Walt Disney Co.’s D23 Expo 2019 in California this week, an annual show where the company shares many upcoming additions and projects across it’s multiple media platforms.
Also announced was the name of the new totally immersive Star Wars-themed hotel coming to Orlando: Galactic Starcruiser.