Earlier today Walt Disney World announced three new concepts along with some concept art that will be included in the multi-year transformation of Epcot. This transformation was originally announced at the D23 Expo in 2017.
From Disney’s announcement –
The ongoing evolution of Epcot includes plans for a play pavilion that’ll be unlike anything you’ve ever seen at the park. 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!
“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.”
Walt Disney World also announced changes to the entrance of Epcot. As you can see above the plaza will welcome guests with new pathways, sweeping green spaces and a newly reimagined fountain. From the announcement and the concept art this new design will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements.
In case you were wondering, Disney announced that the Leave A Legacy photos will be moving into a beautiful setting just outside the park’s gateway. Disney also mentioned that significant redevelopment will also begin between Spaceship Earth attraction and the World Showcase Promenade. Details will be announced at a later date….my guess is that we’ll probably hear something about this at the D23 Expo in August.
Guests will soon be able to look what’s coming at a new Experience Center coming to Epcot later this year. The Experience Center will be located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion and feature interactive exhibits to help visualize park projects throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.
Many of us have been wondering whether the transformation of Epcot was still going to happen since we haven’t seen or heard anything…even concept art since the project was announced in July of 2017 at the D23 Expo.
I for one, and from what I’ve seen and read I’m not the only one, am very excited about this exciting announcement.