Although we Disney fans love to complain about the stagnant state of the Florida parks, Disney is always tweaking and changing the park’s dining, attraction and entertainment mixes. They also make larger changes, but less frequently, of course.
Here are some announced upcoming changes coming to EPCOT along with some rumors of possible projects:
Frozen is coming to World Showcase
Not only is a Frozen themed boat ride taking over the Norway pavilion, but a new meet and greet location will be coming to the previously vacant land between the Norway pavilion and Mexico. Learn more about that project here.
New sponsored exhibit for Innoventions
Glidden Paint has been announced as a new sponsor of an exhibit called Colortopia. While they didn’t announce which side this would be on, my guess is West. The East side is completely shut down right now, while Innoventions West does have a couple operating exhibits.
New Future World Marketplaces for Food and Wine
For the first time Food booths from the Food and Wine Festival will be located in Future World. Technically they have offered food at the Odyssey building before, but why quibble, it’s food and wine, just have a drink.
Third theater for Soarin’ and possible new film
Construction is currently underway on a third theater for Soarin’ in The Land Pavilion. It will, hopefully, provide some much needed relief for an attraction that always has a very long standby queue.
The big question is will the long rumored new film debut with the new theater? We recently learned that Shanghai Disneyland will have a new film “Soarin Over the Horizon” which will focus on famous landmarks around the world. Expect to get a tweaked version of that film for EPCOT. We shold hear more about this at D23 Expo.
Below are some recently rumored changes coming to EPCOT
The success of Inside Out has lead to some very recent rumors that Disney would rush an attraction into the parks to capitalize on its popularity.
It seems like a perfect fit for the former Cranium Command attraction inside the Wonder of Life pavilion. However, given how Disney uses that venue for events and the very low capacity of that attraction, there is another possibility – the Imagination pavilion.
Whether that would be a total makeover of the ‘Journey Into Imagination with Figment’ ride or just a new movie for the Magic Eye Theater remains to be seen.
Word is that the laser light and firework show that caps each night at EPCOT will be getting a makeover. It’s been a very long time since the last serious makeover of this show. They’re still playing the exit music from the Millennial Celebration 15 years ago. Alas, the Disney Imagineers who would be involved in this project recently denied it is coming, so don’t get your hopes up. Good news, the current show, while old is still very good.
A new Country?
Sadly, as much as I want to give credence to rumors that a new country is coming, I just don’t see it happening. The one that was sort of ‘unofficially’ announced last year is Puerto Rico, but given the state of their economy (think Greece), I don’t see that happening.
What other changes would you like to see happen at EPCOT?