Changes Coming to Epcot at Walt Disney World as Part of Upcoming Transformation

We have previously announced a lot of big things in store for Epcot in the coming years!  There are new attractions, a new fireworks show, transformations to the entrance and Future World area and more.  We expect more to be announced for the future of the park in the coming months, but in the meantime we have learned of a few closures and changes in order to accommodate the development and work that is taking place.  We have a rundown of some of the recently announced changes below.

Closure of Electric Umbrella:  The quick service dining location in the Future World area has been confirmed to close this winter with the last listed date of operating hours as Saturday, November 23rd, 2019.  Walt Disney World released a statement, “As part of the exciting transformation of Epcot, Electric Umbrella is scheduled to close this winter. New dining options will be available in the future, featuring a variety of food and beverage selections.”  We don’t know yet what will go in its place.

Closure of Fountain View Location:  The current Fountain View location is expected to close on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019.  Here is a look at the official statement from Walt Disney World, “As part of the ongoing transformation of Epcot, Fountain View featuring Starbucks will relocate to a temporary location in late Fall.”  We don’t have the details on where that location will be yet.

Closure of Character Spot (Temporarily):  The popular character meet and greet area in Future World is set to temporarily close with new character exeperience locations announced starting September 8th, 2019.  The official statement from Walt Disney World reads, “During the exciting transformation of Epcot, Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot will temporarily close — beginning on September 8, 2019. Enjoy meeting some of your favorite Disney Characters at other locations throughout Epcot!”

  • Here is a rundown of the new locations for character meet and greets which will open at some point after the closure:
    • Minnie Mouse:  World Showcase Gazebo.
    • Daisy Duck: The American Adventure
    • Mickey Mouse: Innoventions West (temporarily – will move to Imagination! Pavilion)
    • Goofy: Innoventions West (temporarily – will have another new location)
    • In the near future, Mickey Mouse will move to an all-new location in the Imagination! Pavilion.
    • Joy: TBD
    • Winnie the Pooh: United Kingdom Pavilion

What do you all think about these recent announcements for Epcot?

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About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!