Walt Disney World’s Epcot Is Getting a Major Makeover–Here’s a Sneak Peek

published Feb 24, 2019
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If you have ever overlooked Epcot when traveling to Walt Disney World, you’re going to think twice on your next trip. While many might love Epcot for “traveling the world” and getting to experience different cultures, it might not be considered the most exciting part of Disney World by some people. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios all have gotten incredible new attractions over the years and now it is Epcot’s turn.

Walt Disney World Resort issued a press release, explaining their plans to give Epcot a big makeover. The plans include a new pavilion, a new entrance, and a new experience center, among other exciting changes. The new pavilion will include first-of-their-kind experiences that are devoted to playful fun. It will invite guests into an innovative and interactive city that is bursting with games and hands-on activities. Park visitors will get to interact with their favorite Disney characters in the energetic metropolis, which will be unlike anything ever seen at Epcot before. It is currently slated to open by Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary, which is October 2021.

In the press release, George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort said:

“Epcot has always been, and always will be, an optimistic celebration of the real world that is brought to life through the magic of Disney. The exciting plans we have on the horizon will honor Epcot’s rich legacy of creativity and innovation while continuing to exceed the expectations of our guests for decades to come.”

While portfolio executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, Zach Riddley, added:

“This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we’ve ever created and is completely unique to Epcot,” “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 new pavilion isn’t all that is happening at Epcot. On top of that, the main entrance is going to get new pathways, sweeping green spaces, and a newly reimagined fountain. It is going to pay homage to the original park entrance while including fresh takes on classic elements. The significant redevelopment will take place at the entrance and between Spaceship Earth and the World Showcase Promenade. Guests will also get a chance to see the visuals for these exciting plans later this year when doors open on a new Experience Center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion. Concept art has been shared on social media of what the new entrance and pavilion will look like.

There are other projects already underway at the park, as part of the Epcot evolution. A “Guardians of the Galaxy”-themed attraction is slated to open at the park. It is going to be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world and will feature a brand-new ride system. That is also expected to open around the 50th anniversary celebration in 2021. On top of that, the France pavilion is getting a “Ratatouille” adventure and a “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along attraction.

If you travel to Epcot in just two years, it will look completely different than it does today. Hopefully, Disney World keeps on having discounts on hotels and tickets like their Sun & Fun Room Offer so fans can visit!