Big changes are coming to Epcot—some of the biggest changes we’ve seen in a Disney park in years. Most of these big changes are happening in the Future World section of the park. In fact, this section is changing so much that it will no longer be referred to as Future World. Instead, the area that was once Future World will become three different lands: World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery. Each of these lands will offer its own special brand of “edutainment”, blending learning and fun in true Epcot style. Here’s what we can expect to see happen in these lands in the coming years.
1. What’s Going Away
Let’s first focus on what we will be saying goodbye to in order to make way for the new. Removal of most of these things has already begun, and while we are sad to see some of them go, we’re also excited for what will take their place.
- The Fountain of Nations: The large fountain that was once located in the middle of Future World, just behind Spaceship Earth, is now being removed. This is a bit sad, considering that the fountain contained water from every nation represented in the World Showcase, and we will definitely miss the awesome choreographed water shows put on by the fountain.
- Innoventions East: Innoventions West has been out of use for a while now, and it seems Innoventions East is following suit. The building has been closed since early September, and with it went Colortopia and Nanooze Break, both attractions that lived inside the Innoventions building.
- Electric Umbrella: Finally, we will also be saying goodbye to the Electric Umbrella sometime this winter. This eatery was a pretty typical counter-service joint, and there are plenty of other great fast food places in the park. Therefore, we aren’t too concerned about seeing this one go.
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2. Upcoming Updates
While many things in Future World are closing entirely, there are some things that will be closing only temporarily for updates and/or relocation. The most important of these updates is happening over at Spaceship Earth.
- Spaceship Earth: That’s right, Spaceship Earth will be closed for a stint. However, the plans that are in place for this ride are well worth the wait. After all, this ride has needed an update for quite some time. At the end of the construction period, Spaceship Earth will be fully updated to include new scenes, new narration, and more.
- Other temporary (some may be permanent) closures include the following attractions, shops, and eateries:
- Mouse Gear
- Club Cool
- Fountain View featuring Starbucks
- Character Spot
- Pin Central
- Heritage Manor
- Art of Disney
3. What’s Staying
With so much closing permanently, you may be wondering what you can expect to be open during the next several months. Fortunately, there are still plenty of attractions up and running, and all of our favorites will be sticking around.
- The Land: The Land building and everything inside will remain open. This includes Living with the Land, Sunshine Seasons, Garden Grill, and Soarin’ Around the World.
- The Seas: The Seas will also remain untouched. Therefore, you will still be able to ride the Finding Nemo dark ride, chat with Crush the Turtle, and check out the incredible undersea creatures.
- Imagination Pavilion: Also located in the new World Nature section of the park, the Imagination Pavilion is currently slated to remain about the same. We will still be able to watch Pixar shorts, ride Journey into Imagination with Figment, and play in the room at the exit of the ride.
- Test Track: You can breathe a sigh of relief, because Test Track isn’t going anywhere. This Epcot favorite will remain open throughout the construction.
- Mission: SPACE: Finally, you can also expect Mission: SPACE to remain open and unchanged during this park overhaul. This is great news for the aspiring young astronauts out there.
4. New Additions
Finally, there is the matter of what we can expect to be added to the park during this huge overhaul. Fortunately, there is a lot of awesome stuff coming our way. Read on to learn all about the cool attractions we should see in the coming months and years.
- Journey of Water: A super cool, nature-filled attraction based on the movie Moana, Journey of Water will encourage visitors to play with the magical water living within the attraction and reconnect with nature.
- Awesome Planet: This gorgeous film is slated to open in The Land pavilion in January of 2020. It will showcase the beauty and power of earth using awe-inspiring cinematography and in-theater effects.
- Play! Pavilion: This pavilion is the perfect addition to World Discovery for younger children or those who don’t enjoy the thrill rides that will dominate this section of the park. It will feature interactive games as well as shows and meet-and-greets.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind: Speaking of the thrill rides in World Discovery, a new Guardians of the Galaxy ride will be opening in this section sometime in 2021. This ride will be pretty exciting and perfect for the superhero fans in your family.
- Space 220: Ever wanted to visit space? Space 220 is about as close as you’re going to get in a theme park. This new restaurant will be themed to look as though you’re dining in a space station. Look out your window to see a beautiful collection planets and stars as you enjoy delicious food and drink.
- Festival Center: Finally, there is the new festival center. The plans for this building are pretty cool and include an entire three stories of fun. While this building doesn’t have an official name yet, we do know it will take the place of the current festival center, which plays host to many special festival activities.
Change can be hard to accept, but in the words of Walt Disney, “Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.”