D23’s Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Panel just finished, and they announced some ground breaking changes to EPCOT. This massive overhaul will occur over five years and finish up in 2021, in time to WDW’s 50th Anniversary. These are those announcements:
RATATOUILLE RIDE IN FRANCE
A clone of the Ratatouille ride at EPCOT is coming to the France Pavilion. The ride will open before 2021. This was leaked before D23, but it has been confirmed now.
NEW FILM FOR CHINA
Disney’s very first seamless CircleVision 360 show will debut in the China Pavilion.
Leave a Legacy will be ripped down for a new entrance. Not a lot was revealed.
New EPCOT rendering:
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY RIDE
A Guardians of the Galaxy ride is replacing Ellen’s Energy Adventure. The building will remain, but will be repainted and rethemed. Ellen’s Energy Adventure will close August 13th, 2017, and the new ride will open before 2021.
NEW MISSION: SPACE SHOW
A new show will debut at Mission: SPACE, which instead of taking us to Mars, will take us into the Earth’s orbit. This show won’t replace the current show, but will serve as an addition to it.
NEW SPACE THEMED RESTAURANT
A new Space themed restaurant will open. The building will be next to Mission: SPACE
THE DISNEY SKYLINER
The skyway Gondola was announced, connecting the Caribbean Beach, Pop Century/Art of Animation, and the new DVC Riviera Resort to Hollywood Studios and Epcot.
THE DEATH OF INNOVENTIONS
Innovenetions will be ripped down to create the new Epcot entrance. This was not officially announced, but this concept art shows an Epcot without Innoventions.
Goodbye MouseGear, Club Cool, and Starbucks.
Various Other Changes
More changes are coming to Epcot, including some new futuristic buildings whihc may house Club Cool or MouseGear. You can see some of these new buildings in the concept art shown. The lake within World Showcase will also be expanded. Now the monorail travels over the lake.
WHAT WASN’T ANNOUNCED
-A new World Showcase Pavilion is not coming to Epcot as previously thought. And if it is, it won’t be in the first phase.
-The Imagination Pavilion will not be converted into an Inside Out themed Ride
-No new nighttime show (YES!!!)
-No announced changes to The Land, the Seas, Test Track, or Spaceship Earth
-Wonders of Life still remains (in all of its’ semi abandoned glory)
Not a lot of info was given regarding these changes, but this is what we know at this point.