There’s a whole lot of change happening at the Walt Disney World Resort and Epcot is getting some major transformations. Let’s take a look at every new attraction and experience coming to Epcot by the year 2021.
A Brand New Entrance
Epcot’s original entrance will not welcome guests with “new pathways, sweeping green spaces, and a newly reimagined fountain.” Disney also shared they will be doing a huge redevelopment between Spaceship Earth and the World Showcase Promenade, but we do not have more details to share yet.
The New Attractions
One of the most anticipated new attractions coming to Epcot in the next few years is “Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure,” in Epcot’s France pavilion in the World Showcase. The ride will be similar to the “Ratatouille” attraction in Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris.
The next attraction being added to Epcot’s Future World, is a “Guardians of the Galaxy” themed indoor roller coaster! This attraction will be one of the largest indoor roller coasters ever and is taking the former location of Ellen’s Energy Adventure. The attraction does not have a formal name yet, but it is among the first of a Marvel-themed attraction on Walt Disney World property.
Both of these are expected to open by/in 2021.
The New Entertainment
Epcot’s IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show is ending in 2019, but two brand new fireworks shows are coming in the next few years to replace it. The first is a limited-time fireworks show called “Epcot Forever,” which will debut later in 2019 as a celebration of the class Epcot theme park. After, in 2020, a new unnamed fireworks spectacular will premiere at Epcot. It will feature amazing floating set pieces on World Showcase Lagoon with custom built LED panels, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers, and choreographed moving fountains.
There are a few new films debuting in Epcot’s Future World and World Showcase as well. In the France pavilion, a new “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along will be rotated with the current “Impressions de France” film. Don Hahn, who produced both the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films is creating the new film for the France pavilion. Although Disney has not revealed many details yet, new films will be premiering at Epcot’s Canada and China pavilions within the next year-ish.
Inside The Land pavilion, Disney recently announced a brand-new “Awesome Planet” film coming soon. The film will be “an on-screen exploration of the realm we call home” and will feature “the spectacular beauty, diversity and dynamic story of our earth with all the grandeur guests have come to expect.
The New Restaurants
In the Japan pavilion, a new table-service restaurant is already being constructed. The new restaurant will be operated by Mitsukoshi, who also operates the other restaurants and retail locations in the Japan pavilion.
New in the France pavilion, will be a new crêperie, near the new “Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure” attraction. The crêperie will be both a table-service and quick-servicing dining location with a menu inspired by the Brittany region of France and serve savory crêpes (galettes) and sweet crêpe. The crêperie is set to open in time for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.
Last, for the moment at least, is a new space-themed restaurant coming to Epcot’s Future World. It will be located adjacent to Mission: SPACE. The experience in the new restaurant will offer guests a unique feel as if they are dining among the stars. The name of the restaurant has not been revealed yet.
The New Experience
Disney announced a new “innovative city” is being built that will be “bursting with interactive experiences, your favorite Disney characters, hands-on activities and engaging entertainment,” called Play Pavilion. It is going to be a completely reimagined “Wonders of Life Pavilion,” which closed in Epcot back in 2007.
To learn more about all of Epcot’s transformations, visit the Experience Center at the Odyssey Events Pavilion, and interact with exhibits that will show the theme park’s newest projects.
All photo credit is thanks to Disney.
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