Epcot’s Transformation — What’s Happening, When?

With all of the construction walls up around Epcot and the flurry of announcements before, during, and after the D23 Expo it may to hard to remember what is going on there! We have put together a list of all of the changes that are underway, or planned, as part of Epcot’s transformation.

Epcot World Celebration Concept Art ©Disney

Get ready — the list is long!

Epcot Forever

Nighttime Spectacular
October 1, 2019

IllumiNations is retiring on September 30th. The following evening a new nighttime spectacular, Epcot Forever, debuts as an interim show before IllumiNations’ permanent replacement debuts in 2020 (more on that later).

Epcot Forever Concept Art ©Disney

Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience

Preview Center
October 1, 2019

Even the Imagineers know there is a lot to keep track of during this transformation! The Odyssey Pavilion will open on October 1, 2019, as a preview center with exhibits that will give guests a peek at the Epcot to come.

Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience Concept Art ©Disney

Space 220

Restaurant Opening
Winter 2019

Space 220 will open as a space-themed restaurant between Mission: Space and Test Track this winter. When you enter you will “travel” to a space station that includes views of earth from 220 miles away as you enjoy your meal.

Space 220 Concept Art ©Disney

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue

Restaurant Opening
2019

The American Adventure pavilion’s Liberty Inn closed in July. This will be replaced with the Regal Eagle Smokehouse. The only timeline Disney has announced is “later this year”. Concept art has not been released. Learn more about the Regal Eagle Smokehouse here.

Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360

Film Debut
January, 2020

Oh, Canada closed this year, and will be replaced by a new film, Canada Far and Wide in January, 2020. Disney promises the film will include a new story and new scenes.

Canada Far and Wide Poster ©Disney

Awesome Planet

Film Debut
January, 2020

The Land pavilion will welcome Awesome Planet this January. This new film will feature nature photography, immersive in-theater effects, and space sequences created by Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic. Learn more about Awesome Planet here.

Awesome Planter coming to Epcot ©Disney

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

Show Debut
January, 2020

The new Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along will alternate showings with the France pavilion’s Impressions de France. The new film is directed by Don Hahn, who produced both the animated and live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along ©Disney

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Attraction/Ride
Summer 2020

Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille makes a trans-Atlantic trek to open its kitchen doors in the France pavilion next summer! Shrink down to the size of a rat, and get ready for adventure as you race around the kitchen!

Artist Rendering of France Pavilion with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure ©Disney

La Creperie de Paris

Restaurant Opening
Summer 2020

A brand new creperie will open in the France pavilion next summer.  La Creperie de Paris will feature a menu inspired by the Brittany region of France. The new location will offer table service dining as well as a quick-service stop for guests craving sweet or savory crepes. Learn more about La Creperie here.

New Creperie coming to France Pavilion Concept Art ©Disney

Wondrous China

Film Debut
2020

The China pavilion will debut a new, completely seamless 360-degree digital format film in 2020 — a month or season for the debut has not been announced.

Wondrous China Poster ©Disney

HarmonioUS

Nighttime Spectacular
2020

HarmonioUS will replace Epcot Forever in 2020 (an exact date or season has not been announced). HarmonioUS promises to be Disney’s largest nighttime spectacular ever. The show will include Disney music reinterpreted by artists from around the world to illustrate how music inspires people everywhere. There will be floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers, and more.

HarmonioUS Concept Art ©Disney

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Attraction/Ride
2021

The Guardians will arrive in time for Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021. The new attraction is being dubbed a “storytelling coaster” that has seats that rotate 360 degrees to focus riders’ attention on the story. This new coaster will also include the first reverse launch for a Disney ride. Learn more about the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride vehicles here!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Concept Art ©Disney

PLAY! Pavilion

Pavilion Opening
2021

The PLAY! pavilion will also open in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. The pavilion will be a digital metropolis full of games and experiences that see you interacting with Disney characters — both virtually and in real life.  Learn more about the PLAY! pavilion here.

Play Pavilion Concept Art ©Disney

Openings, Additions, and More

The following items have been announced but do not have an opening date or season associated with them yet.

Introduction of Epcot’s New Neighborhoods

Say goodbye to Future World and hello to World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery. Learn more about Epcot’s neighborhoods here.

NEW Epcot Map ©Disney

Mary Poppins Attraction

Get ready to visit Cherry Tree Lane for a new Mary Poppins attraction coming to the UK pavilion!  Learn more about Epcot’s Mary Poppins attraction here.

Mary Poppins Attraction Poster

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, Attraction

Journey of Water will be an exploration trail where you will  meet and play with magical, living water. The water will have a life of its own – just like Moana’s friend, the ocean – and you’ll learn about the importance of the natural water cycle. Learn more about Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, here.

Moana Concept Art ©Disney

New Festival Center

A new, three-level pavilion will open in World Celebration and serve as a home for live events and as the Festival Center for Epcot’s festivals. Being three-levels it will offer new views of the Park as well as a great view of the nighttime spectaculars. The pavilion will include a plaza level, and expo level, and a Park on the top level.

Epcot World Celebration Concept Art ©Disney

New Entrance Plaza

Epcot’s new entrance will include new paths, a new fountain, and green spaces. The design will pay homage to the origins of Epcot. Learn more about Epcot’s new entrance here.

Epcot Entrance Concept Art ©Disney

Dreamers Point

Dreamers Point be located behind Spaceship Earth. This will include a new statue of Walt Disney, as well as a wishing tree in an enchanted forest with a fountain.

Dreamers Point Concept Art ©Disney

Update to Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth will still take us on a trip through time but with new narration, new music, and a new focus on the moments and ideas that define our story. The attraction will follow a magical “story light” that brings the attraction to life in  new ways and ties each scene to the entire human journey.

What do you think of all of the changes to Epcot? Let us know in the comments!

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for AllEars.net since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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5 Replies to “Epcot’s Transformation — What’s Happening, When?”

  1. So excited for changes. Only concern is change to Spaceship Earth. We love the current story although it does need update to current

  2. Can’t wait for the new changes to be finished. Don’t think I would want to go there during all of the construction. Sounds very exciting. I can’t afford week long vacations to WDW any longer with all of the rising prices but a day trip to Epcot will be in my future when it’s done and I go down to get my Harry Potter fix. It’s sad that Disney has become a side trip to my Universal visits, but Universal can be covered in 2 days and the food and extras are far less expensive.