The next few years is going to mean big changes for Epcot. Beginning this fall, Epcot will be unveiling a new night show and in the years to come, there will several new rides, attractions and dining experiences.
The plan is that Epcot will be unified with four neighborhoods: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery. Each area will be filled with brand new experiences that focus on different aspects of the world and its inhabitants.
Epcot New Attractions: What’s Coming in 2020 & Beyond
“IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” is being replaced with a brand new night show at Epcot. Beginning October 1st, guests will be able to see “Epcot Forever,” a new nighttime spectacular on the World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot.
The limited-time show will be a celebration of the past, present and future of Epcot, built around the magical soundtrack guests have come to know and love at the park.
The new night show at Epcot will feature fireworks, lighting, lasers and special effects accompanied by music.
According to Alan Bruun, show director for Disney Parks Live Entertainment, guests “are going to hear music they know and love but in a whole new way.”
Epcot Forever won’t last long. It is due to be replaced in 2020 as part of Epcot’s major overhaul.
“HarmonioUS” will begin in 2020 and will be the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park. The focus of this night show will be how the music of Disney inspires people the world over. It will feature massive floats, LED lights, fountains, pyrotechnics, lasers and more.
One of the first things guest will begin to see with updates coming to Epcot is going to be the main entrance. The plaza will welcome guests with new pathways, more green spaces and a new fountain.
Spaceship Earth will stay the same in that guest will be taken on a voyage through time. What will change is the narration and musical score.
Upon exiting Spaceship Earth, guests will see a new view of World Showcase from Dreamers Point. There will be a new statue celebrating the legacy of Walt Disney, plus natural space filled with Disney magic and surprises.
We have been waiting to see how Disney would bring Moana into the Disney World parks for years! Finally, we know that there are plans in the works to bring a Moana inspired attraction to Epcot!
Journey of Water will be an interactive area where “guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.” This looks like the perfect place for a Moana meet & greet!
The Land pavilion will get a new film, “Awesome Planet,” which showcases the beautiful and unique diversity of the planet.
The World Discovery area features new ways to experience science, technology and space travel.
One of the most anticipated new Epcot attractions is “Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. The attraction will feature a storytelling roller coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus guests on the action. Guests will also get to experience the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.
Adjacent to Mission: SPACE pavilion is the new restaurant Space 220. In this one of a kind dining experience, guests will dine in a space station that provides both day and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up.
The PLAY! pavilion will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. This area will be built to look like an interactive city. You will find all sorts of games, activities and experiences. For example, guests can help legendary fashion icon Edna Mode on her quest to rid the world of uninspired style.
The United Kingdom pavilion will welcome the first Disney attraction inspired by Mary Poppins. Guests will step in time down Cherry Tree Lane past Admiral Boom’s house, then enter Number 17, home of the Banks family, where their adventure will begin.
Another new Epcot attraction coming in 2020 is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, where guests will shrink to the size of Chef Remy and race through Gusteau’s restaurant on a wild adventure. This should be just like the ride in Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park.
Taking the place of “Impressions de France” in the France Pavilion will be a “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along.
Guests will have another food option in the France pavilion: Crêperie which will offer both table-service and quick-service options.
There will be three NEW film experiences at Epcot: “Awesome Planet” film in The Land, “Wondrous China” a Circle-Vision 360 film for the China pavilion and an updated “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” show
There will be a new Signature Dining experience inspired by the natural beauty of Japan.
There are so many new things coming to Walt Disney World and we can’t wait to experience them all.
The Epcot Experience
Want to get a sneak peak at all the Epcot new attractions? You can now enjoy The Epcot Experience located inside the Odyssey Events Pavilion (between Test Track and the Mexico pavilion). It gives you an in-depth look at how Epcot will be transformed!
360-Degree Film Presentation
- Enjoy a 360-degree film celebrating the past, present and future of Epcot. You will see everything form the opening of Epcot in 1982 to today and beyond.
- You will find a three-dimensional model of Epcot in the center of the room that will appear to change with the time frame of the film. The space uses 30 projectors to bring this to life.
Dimensional Photo Opportunities
Epcot is providing new photo experiences for guests. There are four dimensional photo locations that allow guests to appear to be standing atop the iconic Spaceship Earth geosphere, shrunk to the size of Remy from Disney and Pixar’s “Ratatouille,” among others.
Display Cases Showcasing Special Items
Memorabilia lines the walls of the Epcot Experience. Find items like park maps from opening day, pin sets, and concept art.
New Epcot Merchandise
Starting October 1st, guests will be able to get Epcot merchandise featuring the NEW Epcot logo! These are some of the items you will find:
- Short- and long-sleeve shirts
- Baseball cap
- Tote bag
- Water bottle
- Mickey Mouse ear hat