The D23 Expo this past weekend in Anaheim was jam packed with new and exciting information regarding the massive overhaul currently taking place at Epcot, as WDW’s 50th anniversary in 2021 quickly approaches.
Here is an overview of all of the updated information and brand new announcements that were made over the weekend:
There will be four sections (“neighborhoods”) that make up Epcot. The neighborhood surrounding Spaceship Earth will be known as World Celebration. The area surrounding Test Track and Mission: Space will become known as World Discovery. World Nature will be the name of the neighborhood which contains The Land and The Seas pavilions. World Showcase will keep its current name.
The limited time fireworks show, which will be replacing “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” on October 1st, 2019 will be called “Epcot Forever”. While this isn’t new news, what is new is the announcement of the name of the permanent show, which will begin in 2020. The new show will be called, “HarmonioUS“. The announcement stated that this will be “the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park”.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and La Crêperie de Paris will both be opening in the France pavilion in the summer of 2020. “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” will also be making its debut in January of 2020.
New 360 degree movies will be coming to the Canada and China pavilions in 2020. The new movie in Canada will be called “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360”, and the new movie in China will be called, ““Wondrous China”.
The UK pavilion will be reimagined and transformed into Cherry Tree Lane. As part of this transformation, for the first time ever in any Disney park, a Mary Poppins attraction will be added to the UK pavilion.
In the World Celebration neighborhood, Spaceship Earth will remain, but will be receiving an update. New narration and new music will be added to this journey through history. The focus of the journey will be on the power of storytelling.
Upon exiting Spaceship Earth, guests will be able to enjoy a brand new statue of Walt Disney, a reimagined fountain, new pathways, and enhanced greenery to add to the beauty of the area. This area will also include a brand new pavilion in which guests can enjoy numerous live events.
World Nature will be the home to the brand new Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana” attraction. A new film, called “Awesome Planet”, will debut in The Land pavilion in January 2020, as well.
Space 220, the brand new restaurant that will be added to Mission: Space will give guests an experience unlike any other. While dining, you can enjoy views of Earth from 220 miles above the planet.
The PLAY! pavilion will host several experiences, games, and activities that allow guests to interact with Disney characters in a way they haven’t experienced before. Both real and virtual experiences will be a part of this new pavilion, which will open in time for WDW’s 50th anniversary in 2021.
On October 1st, 2019, Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience will open in the Odyssey Events Pavilion, giving guests the opportunity to visualize all of the changes that will be coming to Epcot as this transformation takes place over the next couple of years.
Announcements and updates for Epcot were plentiful at D23 this year, and we are excited to see what the future holds for this ever-evolving park. If these announcements aren’t enough to get you excited about planning a WDW trip, check out our post about what makes WDW a special vacation destination unlike any other.
Are you looking forward to the “new” Epcot? What are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the comments.
XOXO, Halie and Danny