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EPCOT Unveils New ‘Encanto’ Attraction, Major Updates

EPCOT World Celebration Gardens
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There’s so much happening at EPCOT in Walt Disney World Resort that it’s hard to keep up sometimes.

In the last few years, Disney has been working to completely renew and update the park. EPCOT is now divided into four distinct neighborhoods: World Celebration, World Nature, World Discovery, and World Showcase. Each of the neighborhoods celebrate Walt Disney’s vision for the community that he originally designed, but they’re also each different in their approach and what guests will enjoy while immersed in those areas of the theme park.

international flower and garden festival

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EPCOT has built two new rides in the last half-decade in Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (in France) and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (in World Discovery). In addition, the Disney World park just opened Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, which is a walk-through attraction celebrating the life cycle of water.

In addition to the attractions you can experience throughout the year, EPCOT is currently in the phase of its International Flower & Garden Festival. With the festival now in full swing, an Encanto attraction has officially reopened.

The Encanto attraction at EPCOT

Encanto (2021) is a heartwarming animated film from Disney that has captured the imagination of audiences worldwide with its rich storytelling and enchanting visuals. Set in Colombia, the film follows the Madrigal family, who live in a magical house in the mountains. Each member of the family possesses a unique magical gift, except for Mirabel, the protagonist. When the magic surrounding the house begins to fade, Mirabel embarks on a journey to save her family and their extraordinary home. Filled with themes of family, self-discovery, and the power of love, Encanto has resonated with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

If you visit EPCOT during the International Flower & Garden Festival, you should keep your eyes on Spaceship Earth for a special segment dedicated to Encanto. The light show is synched to the song “What Else Can I Do?,” which is performed by Isabella and Mirabel in the hit Disney movie.

casita

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This is the only time of the year that the Encanto attraction is up and running, so make sure to take some extra time to enjoy seeing that display while you can. But, there’s so much more.

In recent years, there have been rumors circulating about Disney World potentially adding an attraction inspired by Encanto to its parks, particularly in EPCOT. However, despite the speculation, no such attraction has materialized thus far. Nonetheless, the film’s popularity and the potential for immersive experiences based on its magical world make it a strong candidate for future park expansions.

Encanto Family

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Recently, there have been intriguing teases from Disney suggesting that Encanto could find a home alongside other beloved franchises like Indiana Jones at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Speculation has arisen that it could serve as a replacement for Dinoland, U.S.A., a section of the park that many Disney park fans feel could benefit from a refresh or overhaul. The vibrant and culturally rich setting of Encanto would fit well within the thematic landscape of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which celebrates the wonders of nature and the diversity of the world’s cultures.

Introducing an Encanto-themed attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom would offer visitors the opportunity to step into the magical world of the Madrigal family, immersing themselves in the sights, sounds, and enchantment of Colombia. For now, though, we’ll have to see what happens with the major retheme set for Walt Disney World Resort.

What can you enjoy at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival?

The EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, held annually at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, is a vibrant celebration of the beauty of nature combined with the magic of Disney.

Since its inception in 1994, the festival has evolved into a cherished springtime tradition, delighting visitors with stunning displays of colorful blooms, intricately designed gardens, and topiaries shaped like beloved Disney characters. Spanning over several weeks, typically from early March to late May, the festival offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in a wonderland of horticultural wonders while enjoying the attractions and entertainment that EPCOT has to offer.

One of the festival’s highlights is the elaborate topiary displays scattered throughout the Disney World park. These meticulously crafted living sculptures depict iconic Disney characters, from Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, adding an extra layer of enchantment to the park’s landscape.

flower and garden festival at epcot topiaries

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Additionally, guests can explore themed gardens showcasing innovative landscaping techniques, sustainable practices, and educational exhibits on topics such as conservation and gardening. Interactive workshops and demonstrations led by gardening experts provide valuable insights for both novice and experienced gardeners, making the festival an enriching experience for visitors of all ages.

Beyond the botanical wonders, the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival offers a feast for the senses with its diverse culinary offerings. Outdoor kitchens serving up delectable dishes inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients allow guests to indulge in flavorful bites as they stroll through the park. From farm-to-table delights to refreshing beverages infused with floral flavors, the festival’s culinary creations tantalize taste buds and complement the vibrant atmosphere. Live entertainment, including concerts featuring renowned artists during the Garden Rocks Concert Series, adds to the festive ambiance, ensuring that every visit to the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival is a memorable and magical experience for Disney enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

three caballeros

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The Garden Rocks Concert Series is subject to change without notice, but you can view the entire concert schedule on Disney’s official website. Some of the bands set to take the stage during the concert series include Rick Springfield, The Pointer Sisters, A Flock of Seagulls, Plain White T’s, Simple Plan, The Spinners, Sister Hazel, Lit, and Casting Crowns.

What topiaries are available at EPCOT currently?

  • Disney Film, Wish (Asha, Valentino and Star) – NEW!
    Main Entrance
  • Figment, Flower Topiaries and Flower Towers
    World Celebration – World Celebration Plaza
  • Huey, Dewey and Louie
    World Discovery – Near Test Track Presented by Chevrolet
  • Donald Duck
    World Celebration – Near Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
  • Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy – NEW!
    World Discovery – Near Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  • Buzz Lightyear
    World Discovery – Near Mission: SPACE
  • Woody, Bo Peep and Her Sheep
    World Nature – Between Imagination! and The Land Pavilion
  • Simba and Friends (Rafiki, Simba, Mufasa and Sarabi)
    World Nature – Near The Land Pavilion
  • Pumbaa and Timon
    World Nature – Near The Land Pavilion
  • Goofy
    Walkway Between Imagination! and World Showcase
  • Bambi and Friends
    World Showcase – Near Refreshment Port
  • Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip, Dale and Pluto
    Bridge to World Showcase
  • Encanto (Mirabel, Antonio, Isabela and Luisa)
    World Showcase – Between Disney Traders and Port of Entry
  • Coco (Miguel and Dante) – NEW!
    World Showcase – Mexico Pavilion
  • Anna and Elsa
    World Showcase – Norway Pavilion
  • Troll
    World Showcase – Norway Pavilion
  • Pandas
    World Showcase – China Pavilion
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    World Showcase – Germany Pavilion
  • Lady and the Tramp
    World Showcase – Italy Pavilion
  • Tiana
    World Showcase – The American Adventure Pavilion
  • Dragon
    World Showcase – Japan Pavilion Near Torii Gate
  • Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy
    World Showcase – Between France and Morocco Pavilions
  • Beauty and the Beast
    World Showcase – France Pavilion
  • Lumiere and Cogsworth
    World Showcase – France Pavilion
  • Butterfly
    World Showcase – International Gateway
  • Winnie the Pooh and Friends (Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger)
    World Showcase – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Tinker Bell’s Fairy House Garden
    World Showcase – United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Tick Tock Croc
    World Showcase – Between United Kingdom and Canada Pavilions
  • Geese
    World Showcase – Canada Pavilion

What does Disney have planned next for EPCOT?

With Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, now open, many fans have wondered what might be next for EPCOT.

remy's ratatouille adventure

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First, there are still areas of construction that are being renewed. Disney World just reopened the newly-done area right behind Spaceship Earth, which now features syncing lights and a statue of Walt Disney. There are still construction walls up in certain areas around the park, but not major projects have been announced.

Disney just replaced EPCOT Forever with Luminous: The Symphony of Us. The new nighttime spectacular takes place each night at 9:00 p.m. Here’s what Disney has to say about the attraction:

“Delight in a dramatic show designed to bring us all together. Marvel at a dazzling pageant of fireworks, fountains, music and lights set to an original composition. New music, along with evocative selections from the Disney songbook, come together to remind us that we are more alike than we are different.”

Test Track Exterior

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In addition, Disney has announced that Test Track will soon be updated and reimagined with inspiration from the original World of Motion.

“Imagineers along with teams from Chevrolet are reaching back into history for inspiration – from the original World of Motion – and bringing that spirit of optimism to the next iteration of the Test Track attraction!  More to come in the future,” Disney shared.

As far as other updates coming to EPCOT, nothing has been announced. There are rumors that another pavilion could be built in World Showcase and this could come with a new attraction, but space is something that Disney would have to deal with and there are no confirmations from the company at this time.

What do you think of the major additions happening at EPCOT?

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.

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