Walt Disney World’s Epcot is undergoing a transformation over the next couple of years with new attractions and some major updates. Here’s what you may find in it’s future.
Walt Disney World turns 50 in 2021. That will be celebrated all over the property, but when it all started, it was Magic Kingdom and two nearby resorts-the Contemporary Resort Hotel and Polynesian Village. It wasn’t until 1982 that a second theme park was opened, “EPCOT Center”. In 2022, Epcot celebrates its 40th anniversary. The park is receiving some small updates, some big changes and some fun new rides.
Each year, Disney holds a convention named D23. This year, it was held virtually, allowing guests to watch online. During this year’s event, many of the rumored changes to Epcot were addressed. Some rumors, though, were not, so they might not be happening right away. One of those is the overhaul to Spaceship Earth. It would take up to a couple of years to do what had been planned. Another is a ‘Mary Poppins’ attraction at the United Kingdom pavilion, but that, too, has been left out of their latest plans.
Many changes are already taking place and can be seen when visiting the park. Some changes include the removal of the ‘Leave a Legacy’ monoliths from the front of the park, plus new colors and graphics all over the park can already be seen.
New rides coming to Epcot
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure: At the France pavilion, a new trackless ride gives a rat’s-eye view as Remy wanders around or is chased through Gusteau’s kitchen. You can see a sneak preview of it below. The attraction will open sometime in 2021.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind: Coming either in late 2021 or perhaps early 2022 is an indoor roller coaster. The ride features high-def screens and special effects that haven’t been seen just yet. Some test runs of the track have, however, been released. Here’s a little look at how the cars will operate on the track.
More new attractions include restaurants and fireworks!
Also coming to Epcot in 2021 is a new space-themed restaurant, Space 220. The themed restaurant gives guests the feel of dining among the stars with a panoramic view from a space station. Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it?
Fireworks fans, look out. When they do begin the fireworks show again, it will no longer be “Illuminations”. The new show is named “Harmonious”. This show will feature barges in the lagoon that, during the day will be fountains, but at night, they’ll be launching sights for a massive fireworks display along with lights, lasers and giant two-sided LED screens.
[Source: Orlando Weekly]