Epcot, one of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort, is undergoing a significant transformation. With several new additions planned, the park is set to provide an even more immersive and engaging experience for visitors.
Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort is undergoing a major transformation with new additions including a reorganization into four neighborhoods: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery. New attractions include Space 220, a unique dining experience, Creations Shop, a redesigned flagship store, Club Cool, an updated Coca-Cola sampling experience, DuckTales World Showcase Adventure, an interactive treasure hunt, and Luminous, The Symphony of Us, a new nighttime show. There’s also a redesigned entrance plaza, a new CommuniCore Plaza, and a new Pavilion for live events.
Major Changes at Epcot
Epcot is being reorganized into four neighborhoods: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery. Each neighborhood focuses on a different aspect of our world, presenting guests with an array of experiences.
World Showcase continues to celebrate the culture, cuisine, architecture, and traditions of 11 countries. World Celebration, on the other hand, emphasizes the shared accomplishments and innovations that unite humanity. World Nature explores the world’s natural wonders, while World Discovery highlights scientific achievements and technological advancements.
The entrance plaza is being redesigned with new pathways and more green spaces. The reimagined fountain pays homage to the original park design while creating a welcoming environment for guests.
New Attractions and Experiences
The transformations at Epcot bring with them several new attractions and experiences. These include:
This new dining experience, which opened in mid-September 2021, offers guests a unique journey into space, complete with panoramic views of the galaxy.
Replacing MouseGear, Epcot’s flagship store now features a sleek design with large glass walls and a mural of Mickey Mouse. Here, guests can find unique merchandise that reflects the park’s forward-thinking spirit.
Club Cool has been updated and reopened, offering guests a chance to sample Coca-Cola products from around the world.
DuckTales World Showcase Adventure
This interactive experience, which opened on December 16, 2022, invites guests to join Scrooge McDuck, Donald, nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Launchpad and Webby in search of priceless treasure.
Luminous, The Symphony of Us
A new nighttime show debuting on December 5, 2023, Luminous, The Symphony of Us features state-of-the-art lighting, cascading fountains, laser-light shows, and fireworks set to music.
This new area boasts an enchanted garden, planter, and festival area, as well as an outdoor stage, demonstration kitchen, and character meet & greet.
A three-level structure will serve as a venue for live events and the home base for Epcot’s signature festivals. It offers an elevated view of the entire park and an ideal spot to witness Epcot’s nighttime spectacular.
Managing Crowd Levels
With the new additions, Disney anticipates an increase in crowd levels. To manage this, they have implemented strategies such as using MagicBands and sensors to monitor crowd distribution, deploying characters and opening additional spaces when necessary, and utilizing the Disney Operational Command Center to identify congestion and deploy preventative actions. Disney also provides crowd calendars to help guests plan their visits during less crowded times.
The updates and additions to Epcot are part of Disney’s ongoing efforts to enhance the guest experience and create a more immersive, engaging, and innovative park. From new attractions and dining experiences to reorganized neighborhoods and redesigned spaces, there is something for everyone in the transformed Epcot.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the operational hours of Epcot?
Epcot generally opens at 9:00 AM and closes at 9:00 PM. However, the hours may vary depending on the season and special events. It is always recommended to check the official Disney website for the most accurate information.
Do I need a special ticket to access the new attractions in Epcot?
No, all new attractions and experiences are included in the regular Epcot admission ticket. However, some dining experiences like Space 220 may require reservations.
What is the Disney Operational Command Center mentioned in the blog?
The Disney Operational Command Center is a hub where Disney staff monitor park operations, including crowd levels, ride performance, and guest flow. They use this information to adjust operations as needed to enhance the guest experience.
Can I bring my own food and drinks into Epcot?
Yes, guests are allowed to bring food items into the park, including snacks and foods that do not require heating. However, alcoholic beverages and glass containers are not permitted.
How can I get to Epcot from other parts of Walt Disney World Resort?
Epcot is easily accessible from other parts of Walt Disney World Resort via the complimentary Disney transportation system, which includes buses, monorails, and the Disney Skyliner.