The future is now! As you may have seen around Epcot recently, change is coming to the experimental prototype community of tomorrow. We are excited to announce that even more is coming! As part of an unprecedented move, Epcot is going to get a brand new pavilion!
Underneath the dome of the former Wonders of Life, the play pavilion will come to life! This new space will celebrate the fun of play, with interactive experiences, Disney characters, and engaging entertainment. The play pavilion will be a wonderful area for families to go together when it opens just in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary in 2021.
“This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we’ve ever created and is completely unique to Epcot,” said Zach Riddley, portfolio executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Built on the power of play, it introduces an immersive and interactive ‘city’ where you can explore, create, and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is an experience worthy of our bold vision for Epcot – and another signature element of our transformation.”
We are excited to announce that the entrance to our favorite futuristic park is also getting a new look! As you can see in the concept art below, the Leave a Legacy photos will be leaving the main courtyard. These photos will be moving to a dedicated space just outside of the park’s entrance, allowing even more people to stop and appreciate them.
Epcot’s main plaza will be redesigned, as an homage to the original look in 1982. With sweeping greenery and an all-new fountain, what is not to love? The additional significant redevelopment will begin between Spaceship Earth attraction and the World Showcase Promenade. More details about the transformation of this area will be announced at a later date.
And if you’re as excited as we are about these upcoming projects, you’ll soon be able to look into the future with us at a new Experience Center coming to Epcot later this year. The Experience Center will be located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion and feature interactive exhibits to help visualize park projects throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.
Here are some of the other exciting Epcot experiences that are coming:
- Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster in Future World
- Epcot Forever, a 2019 limited-time nighttime experience over World Showcase Lagoon set to classic Epcot tunes, followed by an all-new nighttime spectacular debuting in 2020
- Space-themed table-service restaurant adjacent to Mission: SPACE
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction in the France pavilion, patterned after the number-one family attraction at Disneyland Paris
- Circle-Vision 360 film for the China pavilion and updated O Canada! 360-degree show
- Beauty and the Beast” sing-along in the France pavilion, showing in addition to the pavilion’s current film, Impressions de France