New EPCOT Park Entrance & First-of-its-Kind Play Pavilion Unveiled

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Disney this morning unveiled our first detailed look at some of the big changes coming to EPCOT with news of a first-of-its-kind play pavilion and an all-new park entrance. The newly imagined pavilion will be devoted to playful fun and feature an innovative city that’ll come to life under the dome of the 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, all opening just in time for the 50th anniversary of the 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.”

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The new pavilion isn’t the only big change announced this morning, we’re finally getting our first peek how EPCOT will welcome guests with new pathways, sweeping green spaces and a newly reimagined fountain. This new design will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements. As part of the new entry experience, Leave A Legacy photos will be moving into a beautiful setting just outside the park’s gateway. Additional significant redevelopment will begin between Spaceship Earth attraction and the World Showcase Promenade. More details about the transformation of this area will be announced at a later date.

You’ll soon be able to look into the reimaged future of EPCOT with 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.

Some of the other already announced changes coming to EPCOT…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster in Future World
  • Epcot Forever, a 2019 limited-time nighttime experience over World Showcase Lagoon set to classic Epcot tunes, followed by an all-new nighttime spectacular debuting in 2020
  • Space-themed table-service restaurant adjacent to Mission: SPACE
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction in the France pavilion, patterned after the number-one family attraction at Disneyland Paris
  • Circle-Vision 360 film for the China pavilion and updated O Canada! 360-degree show
  • Signature Dining experience inspired by the natural beauty of Japan
  • Beauty and the Beast” sing-along in the France pavilion, showing in addition to the pavilion’s current film, Impressions de France