Everything We Know About The Reimagining Of Epcot

Yesterday Disney announced even more exciting news about the updates planed for Epcot, including new green space at the entrance and an entirely new pavilion to take over in the old Wonders of Life pavilion. Do I have your attention? Here's what we know so far about the exciting new restaurants, attractions, and improvements coming to Walt Disney World's Epcot Theme Park!

Everything We Know About The Reimagining Of EpcotEverything We Know About The Reimagining Of Epcot

Changes are coming to Epcot's main entrance, where guests will be able to stroll through new garden pathways and enjoy a reimagined fountain. Leave A Legacy photos will move into a beautiful setting just outside the park's gateway.

Fans have long called for redevelopment of the Festival Center with a new themed pavilion, and it looks like those dreams have been answered. The Play Pavilion will open in 2021, and be unique to the Epcot experience. Visit your favorite Disney characters, hands-on activities and engaging entertainment. Powered by play, the new pavilion will house an interactive city that will be bursting with, your favorite Disney characters, hands-on activities and engaging entertainment. Guests will be able to explore, create, and interact in this first-of-its-kind world.

Play Pavilion City Concept ArtPlay Pavilion City Concept Art

A brand new Guardians Of The Galaxy ride is moving in at the space formerly known as the Universe of Energy. The attraction will include one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world and feature a brand-new ride system. Each individual ride vehicle will be programmed to direct your eye to the story happening around you. This attraction will open in time for the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary in 2021.

Located next to Future World's Mission: SPACE attraction, a new dining experience will inviting guests to travel high above the earth in an atmosphere never before experienced. The working name for this restaurant and lounge is "Space 220." The unique eatery is expected to seat over 350 guests, and offer sweeping views of outer space from a 250-foot-long digital screen.

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. These epic spectacles will include of fireworks, stirring music, lighting, lasers, and choreographed kites.

Guardians Of The Galaxy ExteriorGuardians Of The Galaxy Exterior
Guardians Of The Galaxy Ride CabsGuardians Of The Galaxy Ride Cabs

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure is currently under construction in the France pavilion. This family friendly ride is patterned after the number-one family attraction at Disneyland Paris. A the 4-D attraction guests will shrink to Remy's size and scurry for safety in a dazzling chase across the kitchen of Gusteau's legendary Parisian restaurant. The sights, sounds and smells of France will entice guests to line up when the ride opens in 2021.

"Beauty and the Beast" sing-along in the France pavilion, showing in addition to the pavilion's current film, Impressions de France. The sing-along has been created by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action "Beauty and the Beast" films, and is sure to be a toe tapping good time.

France isn't the only Epcot film that's getting an update. The Circle-Vision 360 films for the China pavilion and O Canada! 360-degree show are getting updated using brand new digital technology and filming techniques with a next-generation digital camera system to create a seamless Circle-Vision show.

Remy's Ratatouille AdventureRemy's Ratatouille Adventure

Finally, a new Signature Dining experience inspired by the natural beauty of Japan is currently being built. The restaurant will be operated by Mitsukoshi USA and reflect nature's relationship to Japanese craftsmanship, in an artisan setting. No news on the opening date of this, but I'm sure looking forward to it.

Later this year the doors of the Odyssey Events Pavilion will open to share all the latest with guests. There will be engaging and interactive exhibits that "showcase the relentless innovation, energy and excitement driving the future of the park all throughout this unprecedented period of transformation."

Are you excited about the reimagining of the Epcot Theme Park? What do you look forward to most?

JeffC wrote on Mon, 02/25/2019 - 03:20:

I'm excited about this, esp the Guardians ride. And finally breathe some new life into some of those underutilized areas!

To be honest we might think about just avoiding Epcot until they are done. Sacrilege I know, but there's not a ton we go there for anymore so with all the construction I don't think we would miss it until the unveiling.

wdwizbest wrote on Tue, 02/26/2019 - 20:28:

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Epcot has been in need of some serious love for awhile. I would like to see a return to a more educational approach to science and the future, but I doubt that will happen. So I'll have to be satisfied with any improvements at this point.

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 00:01:

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I feel the same way, I liked the old educational model, but at least something is being done.

Bob Y wrote on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 00:49:

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The wording is, "Epcot Forever, a 2019 limited-time nighttime experience over World Showcase Lagoon set to classic Epcot tunes..."

There are NO classic Epcot tunes, but there are a number of classic EPCOT Center tunes. How about EPCOT Center Forever?

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