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Historic Transformation of
Epcot Underway at Walt Disney World Resort
Guests will be able to visualize the exciting plans for Epcot when
doors open Oct. 1, 2019, for Walt Disney Imagineering presents the
Epcot Experience. They will discover engaging and interactive
exhibits that showcase the relentless innovation, energy, and
excitement driving the park’s future. (Disney)
First Mary Poppins
attraction in a Disney park joins sweeping lineup of new experiences
where the real is made fantastic in a celebration of curiosity,
hands-on wonder and the magic of possibility
Walt Disney once said Epcot “would always be in a
state of becoming” – it is a place that changes with the times. Over
the next several years, the Walt Disney World Resort theme park will
live up to that promise in a whole new way as it continues the
biggest transformation of any Disney park in history, bringing the
next generation of immersive storytelling to life through a plethora
of new attractions and experiences.
Epcot will be unified with four neighborhoods that each speak to
important aspects of the world and its people: World Showcase, World
Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery. These neighborhoods
will be filled with new experiences rooted in authenticity and
innovation that take guests to new destinations, where the real is
made fantastic in a celebration of curiosity, hands-on wonder and
the magic of possibility.
- World Showcase will continue to be a
celebration of culture, cuisine, architecture and traditions –
infused with new magic.
- The United Kingdom pavilion will welcome the
first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins. Guests will step in
time down Cherry Tree Lane past Admiral Boom’s house, then enter
Number 17, home of the Banks family, where their adventure will
- In 2020, following the limited-time run of
“Epcot Forever,” the new “HarmonioUS”will debut as the largest
nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park. It will
celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people the world
over, carrying them away harmoniously on a stream of familiar
Disney tunes reinterpreted by a diverse group of artists from
around the globe. “HarmonioUS” will feature massive floating set
pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains,
lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and more.
- In summer 2020, the France pavilion will
offer even more for guests to discover, including the
much-anticipated attraction Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, where
guests will shrink to the size of Chef Remy and race through
Gusteau’s restaurant on a wild adventure. Summer 2020 will also
see the debut of a delicious new restaurant in the France
pavilion, La Crêperie de Paris, offering both table- and
quick-service options featuring a menu from celebrity chef
- Also in the France pavilion, the classic
Impressions de France film will be joined by the new “Beauty and
the Beast Sing-Along,” debuting in January 2020 and directed by
Don Hahn, producer of both the animated and live-action versions
of this tale as old as time.
- “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision
360”will debut in January 2020 in the Canada pavilion with new
scenes and a new story.
- In the China pavilion, “Wondrous China” will
take guests on a spectacular journey across the country, filmed
and presented in a completely seamless 360-degree digital
Epcot’s United Kingdom pavilion will welcome the first attraction
inspired by Mary Poppins. Guests will step in time down Cherry Tree
Lane past Admiral Boom’s house, then enter Number 17, home of the
Banks family, where their adventure will begin. (Disney)
- World Celebration will offer new experiences
that connect guests to one another and the world around them.
- The iconic Spaceship Earth will remain a
voyage through time as the journey transforms to reflect the
power of storytelling to unite the human experience. New
narration and an entirely new musical score will focus on the
moments and ideas that define the story of humanity. Guests will
follow a magical “story light” that brings the entire experience
to life in dynamic ways, giving each scene energy and beauty
that ties the entire journey together.
- A new pavilion will be the perfect place for
live events, and the home base for Epcot’s signature festivals.
It will provide a stunning elevated view of the entire park and
an ideal spot to witness Epcot’s nighttime spectacular. This
beautiful three-level structure will have one of the most
remarkable architectural designs at any Disney park, featuring a
plaza level, a middle expo level, and a park that sits in the
sky on the top level.
- Epcot’s entrance plaza will be transformed
with new experiences that connect guests with the world around
them, welcoming them with a reimagined fountain, new pathways
and sweeping green spaces that beautify the entryway. The design
will pay homage to the origins of Epcot.
- As guests exit Spaceship Earth, they will
discover a breathtaking new view of World Showcase from Dreamers
Point. World Celebration will also feature a new statue
celebrating the legacy of the original dreamer, Walt Disney,
plus beautiful natural environments and global design elements
filled with Disney magic and surprises, including a wishing tree
in an enchanted forest and a story fountain celebrating the
power and music of iconic Disney storytelling.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be the first
“other-world” showcase pavilion at Epcot. The attraction will
feature a new storytelling coaster that rotates to focus guests on
the action, and will include the first reverse launch on a Disney
- World Nature is dedicated to understanding
and preserving the beauty, awe and balance of the natural world.
It will include The Land and The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana” will be
the first experience inspired by the hit Walt Disney Animation
Studios film. This lush exploration trail will invite guests to
meet and play with magical, living water. The water will have a
life of its own – just like Moana’s friend, the ocean – and
guests will learn about the importance of the natural water
- The Land pavilion’s new film, “Awesome
Planet,” which showcases the beauty, diversity and dynamic story
of the planet, will begin welcoming guests in January 2020.
The new Space 220 restaurant at Epcot will be 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.
Opening this winter, Space 220 will be operated by the Patina Group.
- In World Discovery, stories about science,
technology and intergalactic adventure come to life.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will
be the first “other-world” showcase pavilion at Epcot. The
adventure starts in the “Galaxarium,” a planetarium-like
exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the
formation of Earth’s galaxy and Xandar. Guests will be invited
to learn more about the treasures Xandar has to share – until
the moment when the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and
adventures across the cosmos ensue. The attraction will feature
a new innovation from Walt Disney Imagineering – a storytelling
coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus guests on the action,
including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.
- An expansion of the Mission: SPACE pavilion,
the new restaurant Space 220 will be a culinary experience
featuring the celestial panorama of a space station, including
daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up. Guests
will board a special elevator for a journey to a space station
that is home to an incredible dining experience. Along the way,
viewports will give guests real-time perspective as they travel
high above the planet. Once they arrive, guests will enjoy
fantastic meals and drinks while taking in views that are truly
out of this world. Opening this winter, Space 220 will be
operated by the Patina Restaurant Group.
- ThePLAY! pavilion will open in time for the
50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. In this digital
metropolis, guests will discover an interactive city bursting
with games, activities and experiences that connect them with
friends, family and beloved Disney characters – both real and
virtual – like never before. As part of this new pavilion,
guests will have the chance to help legendary fashion icon Edna
Mode on her quest to rid the world of uninspired style, or make
a splash competing in a water-balloon fight hosted by Huey,
Dewey, Louie and Webby.
Guests will be able to visualize these exciting plans
for Epcot when doors open Oct. 1, 2019, for Walt Disney Imagineering
presents the Epcot Experience in the Odyssey Events Pavilion. They
will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that showcase the
relentless innovation, energy and excitement driving the park’s
future throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.
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