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All The Epcot Changes Happening In The Near Future

There have been many announcements lately regarding the multiple Epcot changes happening very soon at the park — and some just in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021.  So to help you keep up with all of the upcoming transformations, I’ve created a handy-dandy list that will allow you to keep the updates in order.

1. ‘IllumiNations: Reflections Of Earth’ Says Goodbye

At the end of summer 2019, Sept. 30 to be exact, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will officially come to a close once and for all, so you better watch it as many times as possible — and take advantage of the IllumiNations dining package.

2. Limited-Time Experience ‘Epcot Forever’

On Oct. 1, a new limited-time show will premiere following in the footsteps of IllumiNations. The experience is called Epcot Forever and will be set to classic Epcot tunes. As previously described by Disney, “The show begins with a spark of imagination that quickly grows into an epic spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and choreographed, special effects kites.” You can see a photo of the kites below.

3. New Nighttime Spectacular

A new nighttime spectacular (photo below), IllumiNations’ permanent replacement show, is set to debut sometime in 2020. This particular show is said to “celebrate how Disney music can inspire people from around the world, featuring massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers.”

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4. ‘Ratatouille’ Attraction

A new Ratatouille attraction is coming to the France Pavilion and is called Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.  The attraction will make riders feel as if they are the same size as Remy as they look for safety across the kitchen of Gusteau’s restaurant.

5. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Ride

A Guardians of the Galaxy-inspired ride is coming to Future World and will be located where Ellen’s Energy Adventure once resided. As Disney Parks Blog reported in November 2018, the attraction “will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters,” meaning the coaster “will be housed inside a building so large that the volume of four Spaceship Earth attractions could fit inside it!” The ride will open in time for Disney World’s milestone 50th anniversary.

6. A New Main Entrance

Epcot’s main park entrance will eventually look very different, because it will soon undergo a major transformation. There will be new pathways, greenery, and a fountain. The new design has been described as a way to “pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements.” With the redesign, this means the Leave a Legacy photos will be removed and relocated to right outside the entrance.

Photo of concept art for Epcot's new main entrance
Image: Courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

7. Space-Themed Restaurant In Future World

Between Mission: SPACE and Test Track, a currently unnamed space-themed restaurant will be built and is said to be an “out-of-this world experience” offering some amazing views as if you’re actually in space. The table-service restaurant is set to open in 2019. As for the menu, it will include “internationally-inspired cuisine, more than 1,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines, and a wide selection of craft beer.”

8. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Sing-Along

In what is truly amazing news, a Beauty and the Beast sing-along is coming to the France Pavilion! It’s being created by Don Hahn, the producer of the animated and live action BATB films. The sing-along will rotate with Impressions de France, a film that’s long been part of the pavilion’s history.

9. A Play-Themed Pavilion

A play-inspired pavilion dedicated to “playful fun,” while also featuring an “innovative city,”  will be housed under the dome of the former Wonders of Life pavilion. From interactive experiences, to meeting beloved Disney characters, to hands-on activities, to entertainment, the pavilion sounds like it will be quite the unique experience. The pavilion will also open in time for WDW’s 50th anniversary.

Photo of concept art for Epcot's Play pavilion
Image: Courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

10. Spaceship Earth & World Showcase Promenade 

There will even be a redevelopment at an unknown date on the area between Spaceship Earth and the World Showcase Promenade. Regarding this particular area, the play pavilion, and the new main entrance, a new Experience Center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion is coming later this year and will feature interactive exhibits to help guests visualize the future additions.

11.  O Canada! 360-Degree Update

The O Canada! 360-degree show in the Canada Pavilion is being updated, but further details have yet to be announced.

12. New Signature Dining Restaurant In Japan

Another Signature Dining experience is coming to the Japan Pavilion. According to the Disney Food Blog, the restaurant was previously described as being “inspired by the natural beauty of Japan.” As reported last year, Disney Park Blog revealed the following about the future table service establishment: “The setting will draw from both nature and takumi, which means ‘artisan’ in Japanese, and the relationship between Japanese craftsmanship and the natural world will be evident throughout the space.” The new restaurant is called Takumi-Tei and will open in summer 2019.

13. France’s New Crêperie 

A new crêperie is coming to the France Pavilion and will be located in an all-new location near Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction. The restaurant will offer table service dining, in addition to a quick-service stop for those in need of either sweet or savory crepes. The new dining location will feature dishes from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse, who is also known for Chefs de France and Monsieur Paul, both located in the France Pavilion.

Photo of Creperie at Epcot's France Pavilion
Image: Courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

14. The Land Pavilion’s Film

A film called Awesome Planet will soon find a home at The Land pavilion. According to Disney Parks blog, the film “showcases the spectacular beauty, diversity and dynamic story of our earth with all the grandeur guests have come to expect” and will feature “spectacular nature photography, immersive in-theater effects, and space sequences.”

15. New Barbecue Restaurant At The American Adventure Pavilion

The Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue is coming to the pavilion later this year and will replace the Liberty Inn, which closes on July 8. The fast-casual dining location is described as a “modern barbecue smokehouse, with all the accompanying sights, sounds, smells and flavors you love – including a large smoker preparing fine food every day right on the pavilion’s promenade.” Regal Eagle will also have a newly designed patio.

What change are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments!

*This post will continuously be updated if or when any new announcements are made.


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