Whether you’ve been to Disney’s Epcot theme park before or you’re hoping to get there one day, make sure you plan a trip sometime in 2021, Disney’s 50th anniversary.
The Disney company just released concept art displaying some aspects of the major facelift they will receive – not only a whole new entrance plaza but also some new attractions as well!
In this artist rendering, a new entrance plaza in development at Epcot will greet guests with new pathways, sweeping green spaces and a reimagined fountain. This design will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements. (Disney)
They plan to move the “Leave A Legacy” promotion, large monolithic slabs with photos of guests, from its current spot in the entrance plaza to a place outside the gate.
They’ll be replacing it with beautifully designed paths through grassy areas and a fountain paying homage to Epcot’s original entrance in 1982. The concept art of this area is shown below.
A New Play Area
In addition, they’ll be replacing the Wonders of Life pavilion with a new attraction – a yet-to-be-named play area with an interactive city containing games and more.
“This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we’ve ever created and is completely unique to Epcot,” said Zach Riddley, Disney Imagineer, in a news release.
“Built on the power of play, it introduces an immersive and interactive ‘city’ where you can explore, create and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is an experience worthy of our bold vision for Epcot – and another signature element of our transformation.”
In this artist rendering, a new play pavilion in development at Epcot will include first-of-their-kind experiences devoted to playful fun, inviting guests into an innovative city bursting with interactive experiences and hands-on activities.
Friends and family will interact with favorite Disney characters in an energetic metropolis unlike anything ever seen before at Epcot. The as-yet-unnamed space will debut to guests in time for the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary. (Disney)
The president of Walt Disney World looks forward to their advances with anticipation. “Epcot is beloved for its focus on imagination, innovation, fun, food, and family. It’s a timeless place where the real is made fantastic through the magic of Disney.
It has a very bright future ahead and the best part is that we’ve only just begun to dream,” he noted in a news release.
The extensive makeover also includes a “Ratatouille” ride in the France pavilion of the park’s World Showcase as well as a “Guardians of the Galaxy” ride taking over the Universe of Energy pavilion.
Disney has promised a preview center soon displaying their plans in the Odyssey Events Pavilion within the park.