While fans may complain about the slow pace of change at Walt Disney World, that’s not the case with the EPCOT transformation. We’re back less than a month later with another look at the changes in Future World and other parks of the park and there’s been a lot of progress.
In France, work continues on the new buildings and on new facades for existing buildings and the project races to meet a Summer 2020 opening date for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
The new international gateway looks good and a lot busier now that the Disney Skyliner is open. Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy have been spotted lately just inside the gates for photo opportunities with guests.
On the other side of those trees at the International Gateway sits the UK pavilion garden and the future home of Mary Poppins. No visible work in the area yet, but we expect some walls to go up soon.
The new restrooms on the pathway from World Showcase to the Imagination pavilion are open and they have a special fountain where you can fill up your reusable water bottle. What a great idea.
Continuing ahead you’ll see work on the West side of Future World as the former home of Club Cool has been demolished to the ground with the former Innoventions WEST next on the list.
Replacing part of that space will be the new Moana ‘Journey of Water’ exhibit. In the meantime a new walk-way will help direct traffic from the core of Future World to the East and West pavilions to allow demolition and remodel of the former Communicore buildings and Spaceship Earth.
Finally we can see some work happening on the roof of the queue for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster. It looks like they may be putting solar panels back up there.
Not pictured, but covered in the video at top is the new Starbucks location.
We also recently covered the new temporary home to MouseGear and new meet and greet areas for Mickey Mouse and Joy from Pixar’s Inside Out.
The Festival of the Arts kicks off January 17th at EPCOT. Three new movie based attractions start that day. Awesome Planet, Sing-along with Beauty and the Beast, and a new film in Canada.