The D23 Disney Expo had no shortage of exciting announcements and park surprises last month, with many of the revelations featuring around the huge Epcot transformation, set to take place over the next few years.
Let’s have a look at just what was announced for the Park:
The first revelation was that there will be four neighbourhoods in the newly transformed Park: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery. These are aiming to speak to the vital aspect of the world around us, and will spark curiosity and wonder in guests.
World Showcase New Attractions
We then got an insight into just what exciting additions will feature for each individual area, starting with World Showcase. The UK Pavilion will be getting its first attraction when a new Mary Poppins-themed attraction opens. This experience will start on Cherry Tree Lane, eventually focusing on the Banks household, where the family-fun adventure will start.
In 2020, the fireworks show ‘Epcot Forever’ will close to make way for HarmoniUS. This will be the largest ever pyrotechnics display created for a Disney Park, anywhere in the world! The brand new show will celebrate how Disney music unites people from around the world, and will be accompanied by custom-built LED panels, lasers, choreographed moving fountains and huge floating set pieces.
Also opening in 2020 is the hotly-awaited Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, opening in the France Pavilion at Epcot. Shrink down to the size of Remy as you race through Gusteau’s Restaurant - causing havoc, of course!
Sticking with the France Pavilion, a brand new restaurant will shortly be opening, in summer 2020 as well. La Creperie de Paris will be serving both table and quick service sweet treats. And that’s not all - a new "Beauty and the Beast" sing-along by Dan Hahn will having its debut in January 2020, also in the France Pavilion.
Two more new 360-degree experiences are also opening in the World Showcase area of Epcot, in the Canada Pavilion and the China Pavilion. Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 will debut in January 2020, while Wondrous China will take guests on a mystical journey across the journey.
The remaining three neighbourhoods which were formerly known as Future World will now be divided into three areas, one of them being World Celebration. This area will be home to the iconic Spaceship Earth, which will be updated with brand new narration and musical score. Once guests leave Spaceship Earth, they will discover a beautiful new view over World Showcase from Dreamers Point.
A new pavilion will provide a home for Epcot’s much-loved festivals, such as Food and Wine and Flower and Garden. This is a three-tier structure which will be the perfect place to witness Epcot’s latest nighttime spectacular.
Another new land, this area will include the existing The Land and the Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilions and will be joined by two new attractions and experiences. Get ready for Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana”, which will teach guests about the importance of the water cycle via a fun and exciting exploration trail - also Disney’s first Moana attraction! Meanwhile, a brand new film called Awesome Planet will celebrate the diversity of our planet, debuting in January 2020.
Finally, World Discovery will be where science, technology and adventure come to life in the form of incredible stories. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, will be the very first “other-world” showcase pavilion at Epcot. This will feature Disney’s first story-telling coaster and also be the first time an attraction at Disney has featured a reverse launch.
Mission: Space is also expanding, adding a new restaurant called Space 220. This will have day and nighttime views of our planet from 220 miles up as you enjoy out-of-this-world dining… This is set to open this coming winter, so keep your eyes peeled for dining reservations.
And last, but by no means least, a brand new PLAY! Pavilion will open in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary. In this new interactive space, guests will be able to connect with other guests from all over the world through games, activities, and experiences. Meet Disney Characters in both real-life, and virtually!
Phew. Now THAT was an update.
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