Sneak Peek: Upcoming Changes to Epcot to be Announced at D23 Expo in August

The last D23 Expo in 2017 was jam-packed with announcements about changes to Disney parks, including the addition of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure rides in Epcot to name just two of them.


This week, we got a sneak peek at some of the announcements to come at this year’s D23 Expo regarding Epcot.

Epcot’s Park Core to be Reimagined

Work is already underway with the reimagination of the park entrance, which includes the removal of the “Leave a Legacy” walls to make way for a more open, green entry experience.

Epcot Leave a Legacy Walls Removal In Progress

At the D23 Expo we will learn more about changes that will come on the opposite side of Spaceship Earth at the park’s core. All that has been announced is there will be new areas around the attraction. Details on the updates will be announced at the D23 Expo.

New Icons for Epcot’s Pavilions

The Epcot pavilions have had icons or logos used as symbols on maps, merchandise, and more. New icons will be revealed at the D23 Expo as the Play Pavilion joins The Land, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, and Imagination! pavilions.

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

Hints of More to Come

The D23 Expo preview closed with some hints of more announcements to come at the Expo. The preview promises news on experiences that are unique to Epcot including the updated films coming to Future World and World Showcase, as well as some new dining options being added to Epcot‘s already robust list of restaurants and dining options.

Like previous announcements, the preview is quick to acknowledge Epcot is one of Walt’s final projects and home to many vacation memories for thousands of families. As Disney looks to the future of the park and making it more family, more relevant, and more timeless they are still preserving what makes the park a special place for many.

This year’s D23 Expo takes place August 23-25, 2019 in Anaheim, CA. A limited number of tickets are still available. Visit the D23 website to learn more about the D23 Expo and purchase your tickets.

What do you think of the previewed announcements? Are you attending this year’s D23 Expo? Let us know in the comments.

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2 Replies to “Sneak Peek: Upcoming Changes to Epcot to be Announced at D23 Expo in August”

  1. Walt Disney World needs to make spme changes that will make things fun for those who don’t want to stand in line for or can’t tolerate thrill rides. I would love to see more countries in the world showcase. There are many countries/cultures that are not represented. If it is to be a ‘world’ showcase then I think the plan for Epcot should be to add more countries over time. India, Israel, African countries, Eastern Europe, Russia, South America are just a few examples.How about Antarctica. Think of the possibilities there. Politics should be totally left out of it. And if the movies are going to be updated, keep the old ones and show them periodically. They are well made and entertaining. And add a theatre to Soarin and show the old ride in the additional theatre. Get rid of the Imagination ride and add something there. There are lots of things Disney could do in addition to sprucing up the entrance and adding more restaurants.

  2. I like that Disney is changing things up a bit. The problem is are they going to keep raising the price on everything to cover it? We were there a couple weeks ago and due to the constant price increases on everything, that was probably our last visit there.