What’s New and Coming to Epcot?

The Epcot Experience Sign (Photo David Roark)

The Epcot Experience Gives a Sneak Peek into the Future of Epcot

One of the biggest transformations in Disney Parks history is now under way

It’s no secret that Epcot has long needed a grand makeover of some sort.

The original theming — which hasn’t changed much since 1982 — has never really come together quite as neatly as Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park. While the Imagineers did an admirable job of bringing to life Walt Disney’s vision for Epcot, it has been a little disconnected from a guest experience.

Now, with new groundbreaking attractions, stunning landscapes and fresh entertainment shows on the horizon, things are about to change at Epcot and it’s all for the better as far as I am concerned.

Inside the 360-degree display area of the Epcot Experience (Photo David Roark)

Inside the 360-degree display area of the Epcot Experience (Photo David Roark)

Get a Sneak Peek and See For Yourself What’s Coming to Epcot

With the Epcot Experience now open inside the park, you don’t have to imagine how this will all turn. You can get a sneak peak into the bright future of Epcot by visiting Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience. This is an engaging and immersive new showcase highlighting the many changes on the way for Walt Disney World’s second oldest theme park.

Where to Find the Epcot Experience

The Epcot Experience provides the first in-depth look at the park’s transformation, blending cutting-edge technology and fun with personal guest moments that come together to create an environment that honors everything that you love about Epcot. The Epcot Experience is located inside the Odyssey Events Pavilion, which is the unassuming indoor expo building on the water between Test Track and the Mexico pavilion (you may have used this for the restrooms, if nothing else). You may also have been here for displays during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, for example.

The Epcot Experience (Photo David Roark)

The Epcot Experience. (Photo David Roark)

Here’s what you’ll find inside the Epcot Experience.

Enter into a multi-faceted celebration of the past, present and future of the park:

360-Degree Film Presentation

There is a large, circular, darkened room where you will be surrounded by a seamless, 360-degree, floor-to-ceiling screen showing a continuous 12-minute film celebrating the past, present and future of Epcot.

This presentation shows archival footage going back to well before Epcot opened in 1982, taking you on a journey to the present day and looking into the future. The show features new pavilion icons that will integrate into the park and previews experiences that are currently in development, including:

  • The PLAY! pavilion;
  • A new vision for Spaceship Earth;
  • New attractions based on popular films;
  • The park’s new nighttime spectacular, “HarmonioUS” and
  • in the center of the room, a three-dimensional artfully designed model of Epcot that appears to continuously change in time with the film, as projection-mapping technology highlights different areas of the park in special ways. Now that’s some real Disney magic.

Altogether, the space uses 30 projectors to bring the experience to life and will take you and your family on a journey into the ambitious next chapter in Epcot’s legacy.

Photo opp at Epcot Experience. (Photo David Roark)

Photo opp at Epcot Experience. (Photo David Roark)

Dimensional Photo Opportunities

Disney has really been ramping up its game where photo opportunities are concerned and that trend continues inside the Epcot Experience.

You can have your picture taken inside four dimensional photo locations specially designed for the Epcot Experience. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook finds will find a whole new set of images perfect for sharing on social media. These photo ops, for example, will have you standing atop Spaceship Earth or shrunk to the size of Remy from Disney and Pixar’s “Ratatouille,” plus a couple of other fun settings.

Space 220 Restaurant is coming to Epcot.

Space 220 Restaurant is coming to Epcot.

Display Cases Showcasing Special Items

Throughout the Epcot Experience, display cases feature artifacts, memorabilia and other fascinating items showcasing the past, present and future of Epcot.

Items include:

  • An Epcot park map and medallion from opening day, October 1, 1982, plus a commemorative opening day park ticket;
  • Epcot pin sets from 1982 and present day;
  • Models and concept art for future Epcot experiences.

The Epcot Experience also features attraction posters from throughout the park’s history, plus experiences still on the horizon. Grab-and-go food and drinks are available inside, as well, along with a few tables and seating.

New Epcot Merchandise

The new Epcot logo unveiled at the D23 Expo in August adorns a wide array of new merchandise available inside the park. You can proudly show your love for Epcot with any of these newly-branded items:

  • Short- and long-sleeve shirts
  • Baseball cap
  • Hoodie
  • Tote bag
  • Journal
  • Water bottle
  • Mickey Mouse ear hat

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