Big changes – about a BILLION dollars worth – are coming to Epcot in time for Disney World’s 50th Golden Anniversary Celebration in Summer 2021.
In 2020, Epcot’s grand plaza is being totally redesigned and re-landscaped with a new large fountain being added to the back in front of Spaceship Earth.
The Leave A Legacy photos will be moving to a new setting just outside the park’s gateway.
We’re most excited about the new Ratatouille ride coming to the Epcot France pavilion in summer 2020. It’s a very popular ride at Disneyland Paris.
Epcot, which opened in 1982, has been showing its age.
Over the next 2 years, Epcot will be getting a lot of Imagineering love.
“We want to keep it true to the original vision, while making it more timeless, more relevant, more family, and more Disney,” said Disney spokesperson.
Ratatouille Ride attraction: France
Coming to the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, the new ride will be based on the popular Disneyland Paris attraction. That 4D ride shrinks visitors down to the size of Remy, the gourmet chef who happens to be a rat, and sends them on an adventure using sophisticated trackless vehicles. Read more: New Ratatouille Attraction
Guardians of the Galaxy attraction
A new attraction based on the popular Marvel franchise is taking over Ellen’s Energy Adventure in the former Universe of Energy pavilion. While it sounds more “family” (and potentially a whole lot of fun), the connection to the park’s vision seems tenuous. What are the Guardians doing in Epcot and not Hollywood Studios?
New mission for Mission: Space
In addition to sending passengers on a mission to Mars (which will be getting new media), the Epcot attraction will offer a toned-down experience that will take guests on an orbital adventure above Earth. Younger kids will be able to blast off on the revamped ride which will reopen later this summer 2019.
Next to Mission: Space, Epcot will be adding a table-service restaurant that will transport diners to a space station high above Earth. It promises to have great views of Earth.
New film for the China Pavilion
A new in-the-round movie about China will be presented at Epcot’s pavilion. It will use a new digital “Circle-Vision 360” film and projection system that will replace the circular theater’s multiple screens with one seamless screen and image.
We haven’t heard anything about a new IMAX film for France, but as the current film was filmed in the late 1970s, we imagine that will be updated too. Same with the Canada film. The technology has changed so much in 40 years….not to mention the clothes and cars!
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