Epcot’s Transformation: What We Know So Far From the D23 Expo!

Epcot is undergoing a MAJOR transformation!

Concept Art ©Disney Parks Blog

The multi year changes include revamping the main entrance, reimagining several dining and shopping locations, adding an all new PLAY pavilion, opening the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster, and bringing a Space themed restaurant to life!

Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction Construction

Disney already promised to bring us lots of news about the transformation at this year’s D23 Expo, but we wanted to share some new concept art and what we know so far!

MOANA ATTRACTION

Concept Art ©Disney Parks Blog

Everyone’s favorite sea-faring Chieftess is getting her own all-new attraction! “Journey of Water” has just been announced, and Disney Parks Blog shared concept art that features the Heart of Te’Fiti Spiral. We hope to learn more about Moana’s new attraction at later panels throughout the expo!

WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING PRESENTS THE EPCOT EXPERIENCE

Concept Art ©Disney Parks Blog

Starting this October, guests can visit the Odyssey Center for a closer look at Epcot’s transformation at an exhibit officially titled “Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience.”

This new exhibit promises to be like nothing that’s ever been in a Disney park — providing a hands-on look at the changes and innovation coming to Epcot.

They Odyssey Center is located near the entrance to World Showcase, in between Test Track and the Mexico Pavilion.

EPCOT D23 DISPLAY

(Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Inside the Disney Parks Pavilion at the D23 Expo, attendees can find this giant model of Epcot. It’s stylized, so it’s not an accurate layout of the park, but it’s fun to look at and attempt to decipher new things on their way!

Click to Enlarge (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Also on display are these awesome posters for Epcot locations and attractions — you can even spot some for attractions of the past!

Notice the missing poster with the sign that says “Revealing Sunday”? What could it be!? A new attraction?! A new restaurant?! A new country pavilion in World Showcase?! There’s lots of speculation, but we will just have to (not so) patiently wait until Sunday’s Disney Parks, Experiences and Products presentation! (Find out how you can livestream it here!)

Click to Enlarge (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

New Epcot merchandise is also on display, featuring a first look at the new logos for the various pavilions around the park. We expect to see these new designs on just about anything you can think of! But honestly, we’re mostly excited about that amazing metallic Mickey ear hat.

Current Icons for the Imagination!, The Land, and The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilions ©Disney

So that wraps up everything we’ve learned so far. We cannot wait to see what other news and announcements come from the D23 expo! Stay tuned to find out!

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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2 Replies to “Epcot’s Transformation: What We Know So Far From the D23 Expo!”

  1. Regarding the “Revealing Sunday” poster, the rumor has already been confirmed that it’s going to be the official announcement of a Brazil pavilion for World Showcase.