Walt Disney World has so many new things on the horizon, it is almost dizzying. Ever since D23 Expo 2017, we knew there were lots of changes in store Epcot before the grand 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.
Well get ready Carrot Crew because today Disney officially announced some of those changes for Epcot, and they look amazing!
First we have the new entrance plaza just inside the gates at Epcot. Disney Parks Blog describes the new entrance with the following description:
“…the plaza will welcome guests with new pathways, sweeping green spaces and a newly reimagined fountain. This new design will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements.”© Disney Parks Blog (2019)
For those of you with a ‘Leave A Legacy’ photo on the current rock formations that adorn the entrance plaza, you need not worry. Disney addressed this in the announcement and advised they would be moved just outside the entrance gates of Epcot into a beautiful new setting.
The new artist concept really brings a level of greenery and natural beauty that seemed to be always missing from the entrance to Epcot. We can only imagine how they would re-work, re-theme, and decorate these areas for the ever popular and expanding festivals that happen annually at Epcot. Plus the re-worked fountain to pay homage to the original entrance of Epcot was also a nice touch. (see picture below for original entrance they were referring to)
They also hinted to the changes to the area between the iconic Spaceship Earth and the World Showcase, and advised more details would be coming soon. If you remember, this was the area we already saw brief artist concept for during the 2017 D23 Expo.
Much like the Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure Park, a place where guests can go to get in-depth looks at upcoming projects at the Disneyland Resort, Epcot will also implement a similar area called the ‘Experience Center’ located in the Odyssey Events Pavillion. Disney said the feature “interactive exhibits” that will help visiting park guests to “visualize park projects throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.”
However this new entrance plaza was definitely not the only new thing in this major announcement, because Disney also shared details on an entirely new pavilion for Epcot. Yes, you read that right. Epcot is finally getting an entirely new Pavilion that will resurrect part of its past. We aren’t sure if the new pavilion is called the “Play Pavilion,” but was touted as the first-of-its-kind play pavilion being built under the dome of the previously known as Wonders of Life Pavilion.
Disney Parks Blog shared the following about what we can expect from the new pavilion:
This new space will be devoted to playful fun and feature an innovative city that’ll come to life under the dome of the un-named pavilion previously known as Wonders of Life. The pavilion’s city will be bursting with interactive experiences, your favorite Disney characters, hands-on activities and engaging entertainment when it opens just in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort!© Disney Parks Blog (2019)
“This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we’ve ever created and is completely unique to Epcot,” said Zach Riddley, portfolio executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Built on the power of play, it introduces an immersive and interactive ‘city’ where you can explore, create, and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is an experience worthy of our bold vision for Epcot – and another signature element of our transformation.”
A futuristic, interactive domed-city sounds extremely innovative, and exactly what you’d expect in Future World at Epcot. What an interesting way to retain the original vision of the theme park, while also integrating intellectual property, characters and stories guests are craving from Disney theme parks. I don’t know about you, but it definitely gives vibes of the ‘Oh My Disney’ city that lived on the Internet in Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet.
We can’t wait to see what Disney announces next for Epcot’s unprecedented time of change, and more importantly we can wait to see it all in person. What are you most excited about?