At The D23 Expo Bob Chapek shared an update and details about the new Epcot Transformation! Epcot will stay true to its original vision but will bring Disney storytelling to life with the magic of possibility. The park will also be unified as four unique neighborhoods that each celebrate an aspect of what makes Epcot special.
The four “neighborhoods” will be titled as different worlds. There will be World Showcase, World Nature, World Celebration, and World Discovery. These new neighborhoods will exist where other sections have always been but rethemed and reimagined to be more unified.
The World Showcase has long been a staple cornerstone of Epcot, and we’re happy that it is here to stay! The United Kingdom Pavilion will even welcome the first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane, an entirely new neighborhood within the pavilion area.
Although many of us will miss Illuminations, the new nighttime spectacular HarmonioUS looks very promising! This will be the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park! The show will celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people the world over.
In summer 2020, the France pavilion will offer even more for guests to discover, including the much-anticipated attraction Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, as well as a delicious new restaurant called La Crêperie de Paris. The restaurant will have quick service as well as table service!
The France pavilion will also welcome an all-new “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in January 2020, that will join the classic Impressions de France film!
“Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” will debut in January 2020 in the Canada pavilion with a much-needed update of new scenes and a new story. Seriously, the Disney Fashionista herself is Canadian and she let out a squeal of delight with this announcement!
Guests can experience a spectacular journey across china in “Wondrous China” at the China Pavilion. This was filmed and will be presented in a completely seamless 360-degree digital format.
The iconic Spaceship Earth will remain a voyage through time as the journey transforms with new scenes reflecting the universal nature of the human experience. A new guide and all-new narration will focus on the storytelling that brings people together.
A new pavilion will be the home base for Epcot’s signature festivals. It will provide a stunning view of World Showcase and an ideal spot to witness the park’s nighttime spectacular. This beautiful, three-level structure will have one of the most remarkable designs at any Disney park and will fast become a new icon for Epcot.
World Celebration will also feature breathtaking views at Dreamers Point, lush gardens, a wishing tree, an interactive new fountain and a statue celebrating the legacy of the original dreamer, Walt Disney.
Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana” will be a lush exploration trail where guests can meet and play with magical, living water.
The Land pavilion’s new film “Awesome Planet,” which showcases the spectacular beauty, diversity, and dynamic story of the planet, will begin welcoming guests in January 2020.
Guests will ride on a daring adventure featuring the first reverse launch into space on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. This thrilling, family-friendly attraction will feature a never-before-seen storytelling coaster that rotates to focus on the action, wherever it may be.
An expansion of the Mission: SPACE pavilion, the new restaurant Space 220 will open this winter as an out-of-this-world culinary experience with the celestial panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up.
PLAY! pavilion will open in time for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World. In this interactive metropolis, guests will discover a city bursting with games, activities, and experiences that connect them with friends, family, and beloved Disney characters like never before.
The new Epcot Transformation will be a reimagining of epic proportions! Although as fans we can sometimes be resistant to change, it looks like they have chosen an amazing direction to go in with Epcot, and I feel it will be incredible!
What are your thoughts on all of the new changes coming to Epcot?
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