Walt Disney World’s EPCOT is poised to transform, one step at a time. Since the announcement in 2019 that EPCOT would receive a massive reimagining in its beloved Future World, attractions, dining, and retail locations have closed, been demo’d, been rebuilt, begun to rise from the dust, fallen off the radar, and (finally!) opened!
Here we’ve assembled a list of all of the changes that are underway, open, scrapped, or planned as part of EPCOT’s multi-year transformation.
New Entrance Plaza
EPCOT’s new entrance includes new paths, a new fountain, and green spaces. The design pay homage to the origins of EPCOT.
Prix Fixe Table Service Restaurant
Opened September 20, 2021
Space 220 is a space-themed restaurant in the Mission: SPACE pavilion. When you enter the restaurant, you “travel” to a space station that includes views of earth from 220 miles up as you enjoy your meal.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
Opening October 1, 2021
Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille makes a trans-Atlantic trek to open its kitchen doors in the France pavilion in World Showcase! Shrink down to the size of a rat, and get ready for adventure as you race around the kitchen! Check out our FIRST LOOK at Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure here!
La Creperie de Paris
Opening October 1, 2021
A brand new creperie will open in the France this fall. La Creperie de Paris features 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. Check out our FIRST LOOK at La Creperie de Paris here!
Starting October 1, 2021
Harmonious begins blasting off over World Showcase Lagoon on October 1, 2021! 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.
The Guardians is expected to arrive sometime in late-2021 or 2022. 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!
The PLAY! pavilion was expected to open in time for Disney World’s 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021, but an opening date has yet to be announced. The pavilion will be a digital metropolis full of games and experiences that allow guests to interact with Disney characters — both virtually and in real life. Learn more about the PLAY! pavilion here.
Opened September 15, 2021
Creations Shop is a reimagined gift shop — EPCOT’s largest gift shop — in the former location of Mouse Gear (now closed) in Innoventions East. The shop is creative, of course, with colorful murals of Mickey Mouse lining the walls.
Opened September 15, 2021
The original Club Cool closed in 2019 when EPCOT began its massive transformation, and it reopened in Innoventions East (adjacent to Creations Shop) in September 2021. This bright and funky space features floor tiles imbedded with recycled Coca-Cola bottles, plus lots of glass and natural light!
EPCOT’s New Neighborhoods
Renaming October 1, 2021
Say goodbye to Future World and hello to World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery — three new neighborhoods joining World Showcase! Learn more about EPCOT’s neighborhoods here. The recognition of the new neighborhoods will begin October 1.
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.
Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana
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.
New Festival Center
May Be Postponed Indefinitely
A new, three-level pavilion will open in World Celebration to serve as a home for live events and as the Festival Center for EPCOT’s four annual festivals. Being three levels tall, 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, an expo level, and a Park on the top level.
Dreamers Point will be located behind Spaceship Earth. This is described by Disney as a new statue of Walt Disney as well as a wishing tree in an enchanted forest with a fountain.
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 the human 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. Spaceship Earth was set to close on May 26, 2020, but the reimagining was postponed indefinitely in summer 2020.
Several EPCOT staples have been closed, will be closing, or will be relocated as part of the transformation. These include:
- Innoventions: closed September 8, 2019
- Original Club Cool: closed September 8, 2019
- Fountain View Cafe: closed December 3, 2019
- EPCOT Character Spot: Characters have been relocated around the park.
- Mouse Gear: Closed September 15, 2021
- Electric Umbrella: closed February 16, 2020
- Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure: closed February 16, 2020
- Pin Traders: closed February 16, 2020
What do you think of all of the changes to EPCOT? Let us know in the comments!
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