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Epcot updates: what’s still coming (and what isn’t)

Since late 2016, Disney has been talking about a collection of projects that would be part of the major transformation of Epcot that we’re seeing right now.

And these weren’t just little projects, either.

Nope. Many of them were large-scale projects that, if completed, would dramatically transform entire sections of the park.

But in the years since that initial announcement, some of the projects that were announced have suddenly been scaled back or, even worse, quietly eliminated altogether.

And, we recently got even more news on the fate of the projects still left in World Celebration.

Here’s what we know as of right now:

New Neighborhoods of Epcot

If you haven’t been to Epcot in a while, you might want to hold on tight to your hat because gone forever is “Future World”.

Ok, yes, maybe we are being a *tad* bit dramatic. It isn’t “gone” gone. Physically (and we like to also think spiritually) it is still there. It’s just no longer called Future World.

Instead, the old Future World has been subdivided and re-branded into 3 new “neighborhoods”, bringing the total number of lands at Epcot to 4:

Now that we are several years into the Epcot overhaul, things aren’t exactly as we expected.

The good news is, no longer will we have to struggle with remembering which side is Innoventions East and which one is Innoventions West.

The bad news is that the changes we will see in the new Epcot neighborhoods will not be as extensive as originally presented.

Epcot Artist Rendering

Now, before you get too worried, you should know that each neighborhood will still see varying levels of enhancements.

However, as we mentioned above, some projects that were originally released—even some highly anticipated projects — no longer appear to be happening.

Want to see what is currently open? Check out the Epcot Map below:

Download the PDF

Epcot Park Map
Epcot Park Map

In most cases, Disney hasn’t come out and said, “we cut this project.” So, to figure out what is still happening, we are left to weed through clues Disney has left for us.

More on that below.

World Celebration (will be completed in by late 2023)




  • Creations Shop NEW! (open)
  • Gateway Gifts (open)
  • Pin Traders – Camera Center (new location now open)
world celebration epcot updates map

World Celebration covers the area around the front of the park, including everything around Spaceship Earth all the way back to almost the World Showcase Lagoon.

Disney has said that this new neighborhood will offer “experiences that connect us to one another in the world.”

But don’t get *too* excited yet because while some projects will still happen, there are a few prominent ones that likely will not.

World Celebration Gardens (under construction)

What it is: A re-imagined hub space near where the old Fountains of Nations once was

One thing that Epcot definitely needed was green stuff, especially in the old Future World area.

epcot entrance rendering

Thankfully, from the recently released artwork, it looks like the new gardens planned for World Celebration will help with that.

According to Disney:

World Celebration will offer a beautiful hub divided into several different gardens, with a central planter based on the five-ring EPCOT logo. Filled with ample seating and shade, you’ll be invited to connect with one another and the nature around you in this lush new area. Each of these gardens will have their own identities, and they’ll change along with the festivals throughout the year.

World Celebration gardens

Are we still a little salty at the removal of the Fountain of Nations? Yes. But are we willing to trade the fountain for some shady places to sit? Absolutely. The Fountain of Nations is dead to us now. Bring on the shade!

Now, one thing we are *definitely* excited about is the return of the illuminated paving designs. From recent reports, it appears these new lighting packages will have updated technology that will make the pavement sparkle better than ever. Swoon!

And one place that we will get to see these new lights in action will be around the planter in this new garden area. When lit up, the rings on the ground will join with the planter to create the Epcot logo.

Those lights are just a small piece of the over 12,000 individually controllable light fixtures that will blanket the entire land.

And speaking of lights, the image below is an artist rendering of you might be able to see during the Festival of the Holidays. For this element, light “becomes a unifying element of global holiday celebrations.”

We aren’t sure exactly what that means, but it sure does look pretty, and we hope that whatever eventually is built resembles it!

epcot world celebration garden

The gardens will also be the spot where we can expect to see topiaries, large-scale decor, and other artistic elements that mark the changing of the festivals. These always make for fun photo ops, and we can only imagine that seeing them in new surroundings will be amazing.

CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza (under construction)

What it is: CommuniCore Hall is a multi-use facility and CommuniCore Plaza is an outdoor event space

We now know what is replacing that proposed (and now scrapped) gorgeous 3-tiered festival center that Disney presented back in 2019: CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza.

CommuniCore Plaza

Although it isn’t as grand as what was originally proposed, the new CommuniCore Hall area will serve to provide a much-needed indoor space for festival activities, something that has been missing.

communicore hall

CommuniCore Plaza, on the other hand, will be compiled of 2 stages designed to accommodate both small and large-scale concerts.

Please allow us some space, however, as we mourn what could have been. Sigh.

Mickey & Friends (under construction)

What it is: character meet & greet location

mickey and friends communicore hall

Located next to CommuniCore Hall, “Mickey & Friends will be the replacement for the former Character Spot.

Disney hasn’t released much information on it yet, but we anticipate you’ll be able to meet characters like Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy.

Figment Meet & Greet (opening 2023)

What it is: character meet & greet

We don’t have many details on this, but it was announced at D23 Expo in September 2022 that a meet and greet featuring Figment would be coming to Epcot in late 2023.

The new meet and greet will be located inside the Imagination! pavilion.

Dreamers Point (under construction)

What it is: Statue of Walt Disney

As shared at D23 Expo in 2019 and further confirmed at the D23 Expo in September 2022, the construction for Dreamers Point is still on.

walt the dreamer

Once finished, at Dreamers Point you will find a statue of Walt Disney celebrating the legacy of the “original dreamer.”

At the time of the announcement, Disney also revealed the addition of a wishing tree in an enchanted forest and a “story fountain” celebrating the power and music of iconic Disney storytelling.

Read more on the Disney Parks Blog.

New park entrance (completed in 2022)

What it is: A complete overhaul of the park entrance

Most people who visited Epcot in the 90’s and 2000’s may not know that the space between the entrance and Spaceship Earth looked a lot different from it does now.

Originally, that space was a lot less “concrete” and a lot more “green.”

New Epcot entrance

That’s why the announcement that the main entrance into Epcot would be getting a makeover reminiscent of the original design was so very exciting to hear.

Old-school Epcot fans were excited to see the use of the Epcot logo in several prominent locations, as well as the introduction of pavilion logos that now adorn the flags that surround the area.

Epcot pavilion logo flags

And, to top it all off, Spaceship Earth is now decked out with bright lights known as the Points of Light and the monorail beams are decked out with their own brightly colored lights, too.

Epcot entrance spaceship earth

When added to the new color block paint scheme on the surrounding buildings, the entire area is *chef’s kiss*.

The entrance work is now complete, but because of all the nearby construction, there are still lots (and lots) of walls. You have been warned.

Connections Café & Eatery (opened April 27, 2022)

What it is: Restaurant (including a Starbucks)

A new Epcot quick service location called Connections Café and Eatery has opened next to the Creations Shop in World Celebration.

Connections eatery

Connections Café is the new permanent home for Starbucks at Epcot and Connections Eatery replaces the now closed Electric Umbrella Quick Service Restaurant.

Connections cafe

Creations Shop (opened September 15, 2021)

What it is: Gift shop

Every theme park has a flagship store, and at Epcot, that shop is now called Creations Shop.

Creations Shop in Epcot

This new store replaces Mouse Gear, and it comes with a totally new look. If Epcot apparel is what you’re after, this is the shop for you.

Club Cool (re-opened in new location September 15, 2021)

What it is: Attraction & gift shop

Club Cool (home of the infamous Beverly) is a combination of attraction and gift shop. It closed in the early stages of construction, only to reopen in a brand-new location.

new club cool at epcot

Located next to Creations Shop (the replacement for Mouse Gear), you can find Coca-Cola gifts alongside stations where you can taste test Coke products from around the world.

Leave a Legacy (reopened in new location February 9, 2021)

What it is : Disney calls it an attraction, but it really just some panels with tiny tiles made up of people’s faces on them (it is pretty, though!)

Leave a Legacy was a project that allowed visitors to purchase tiny little tiles with their pictures on it to commemorate their visit to Epcot

From 1997 to 2007, a total of over 550,000 spots were sold, and for years and years, they were displayed on giant unattractive monoliths located between the tapstiles and Spaceship Earth. Honestly, the way they used to look was pretty ugly.

Leave a Legacy epcot

But, as part of the updates, the Leave a Legacy tiles were relocated to an area outside the front gates where they are now displayed on bright panels that align with the new Epcot color block scheme.

These definitely got a much needed glow-up!

Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience (closed March 14, 2022)

What is it: Attraction

With so many changes to Epcot happening in the next few years, Disney (for several years) provided guests with an opportunity to preview what is coming.

Epcot experience

Located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion (which historically had been used as the Festival Center during many of the Epcot festivals), the now closed “Experience Center” provided Epcot visitors with a chance to see and explore the future of Epcot.

But, although the construction at Epcot is ongoing, Disney has permanently closed this display. (*whispers* possibly because a lot of what was represented in the presentation is now on the cutting room floor…)

Epcot experience

World Celebration Projects that may not happen

Multi-Level Festival Center (definitely cancelled)

One of the most highly anticipated pieces of the announced projects back in 2019 was a multi-level, futuristic looking festival center that was supposed to be near where the old Fountain of Nations was located.

World Celebration Pavilion of Epcot

It was an ambitious project, and clearly too good to be true.

CommuniCore Plaza

Because, Disney has now confirmed that those plans are being shelved and replaced with a much scaled back CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza.

Read more about the original announcement for the pavilion on the Disney Parks Blog.

Spaceship Earth refurbishment (still hope this might happen…someday)

All the Phoenician fans can breathe a bit easier – at least for the time being.

Because, although Disney announced a fairly extensive renovation of Spaceship Earth (complete with a closure date!), that project has been put on hold.

Much like the Celebration Pavilion, the fact that no actual construction had started made this project an easy target for cost-saving measures.

But, while the refurbishment may not be happening right now, we believe it is realistic to think that Epcot’s icon will be getting some enhancements and upgrades someday. It just may not be for several years.

Egypt Spaceship Earth

You can read about the original announcement of the refurbishment of Spaceship Earth on the Disney Parks Blog.

World Celebration Closures

As you can imagine, a construction project this large in scale will include a lot of closures

Here’s what is gone:

  • Fountain of Nations – closed on September 8, 2019
Fountain of Nations
  • Electric Umbrella – closed on February 16, 2020 and was replaced by a new restaurant called Connections Cafe and Eatery
  • Camera Center – closed in Fall 2019, and has reopened with Pin Traders
  • Innoventions East (including Colortopia & Nanooze Break) – closed September 8, 2019
  • Character Spot – Closed on September 8, 2019 and is being replaced by a new character location that is still under construction called Mickey and Friends.
  • Pin Central – Moved from the previous location to the former Camera Center location and is now open.
Pin Central
  • Fountain View Starbucks – closed on September 8, 2019. A temporary location called Traveler’s Café was open near the Refreshment Port in World Showcase, and the new permanent location called Connections Café opened Spring 2022.
Traveler's Cafe Epcot Starbucks
  • Mouse Gear has been replaced with a new store called “Creations Shop”
Mouse Gear in Epcot
  • Art of Disney – moved from Future World to the Heritage Manor location in The American Adventure
  • Epcot Experience – closed March 14, 2022 to make room for ???

World Nature


  • Awesome Planet NEW! (open)
  • Soarin’ Around the World (open, no updates planned)
  • Livin’ with the Land (open, no updates planned)
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends (open, no updates planned)
  • Turtle Talk with Crush (open, no updates planned)
  • SeaBase (open, no updates planned)
  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana NEW! (under construction)


  • Sunshine Seasons (open, no updates planned)
  • Garden Grill (open, no updates planned)
  • Coral Reef Restaurant (open, no updates planned)
world nature epcot updates map

Disney describes this new neighborhood as “dedicated to understanding and preserving the beauty, awe, and balance of the natural world.”

This section includes The Land pavilion (which houses Living with the Land, Soarin’, and the new Awesome Planet movie) and The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion. For the most part, the new enhancements here appear to remain on track.

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana (opens late 2023)

Journey of Water

According to Disney, this “first-ever experience based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, ‘Moana,’ will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

Journey of Water

Construction is well underway and the new exploration trail and experience is expected to open in 2023!

moana epcot construction

Awesome Planet film (opened January 17, 2020)

What it is: New show/attraction

awesome planet - the land pavilion - epcot

Billed by Disney as an “on-screen exploration of the realm we call home,” a new film focusing on the world around us has opened up in the former Circle of Life theater inside of the Land Pavilion.

This new 10-minute film uses a few in-theater effects paired with a lovely score by Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price to showcase the amazing power of our awesome planet.

Awesome Planet Land Pavilion of Epcot

World Discovery



world discovery epcot updates map

Disney says this neighborhood is where “stories about science, technology, and intergalactic adventure come to life.” 

This section of the park is where the current Test Track and Mission: SPACE attractions are located and where the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (opened May 27, 2022)

What it is: Indoor roller coaster

Can you believe it?! Epcot now has its very own roller coaster (complete with a reverse launch)!

Cosmic Rewind Entrance

Way back in July of 2017, Disney made the announcement at the D23 Expo that Epcot would be receiving a new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.

What we didn’t know all those years ago was just how cool it would be.

Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster Ride Vehicle

Epcot’s new Guardian of the Galaxy themed attraction is located where the old Ellen’s Energy Adventure was located. In fact, part of the old structure is used.

guardians of the galaxy cosmic rewind map location

Were we worried the reverse launch might make us sick?

A little bit.

Did we ride it anyway? Definitely.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind vehicles

Space 220 (opened mid-September 2021)

After a long wait, the hottest new place to dine in Epcot is now officially open.

According to Disney, Space 220 is “an out-of-this-world culinary experience with the celestial panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up”.

space 220 lounge area and dining room

This restaurant is located next to Mission: SPACE and is heavily themed to appear as if guests are dining among the stars.

If you are familiar with Epcot’s layout, a new restaurant on that side of Future World World Discovery is a welcome addition indeed!

space 220 lobby area epcot

This new Table Service option is run by the Patina Restaurant Group and has a menu that features “internationally-inspired cuisine, more than 1,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines, and a wide selection of craft beer.”

The menu features a 2-course prix fixe at lunch and a 3-course prix fixe for dinner.

You can also order a la carte selections in both the lounge and dining room.

space 220 atmospritz cotton candy cocktail

Check out our review of Space 220 for more info!

Mission: SPACE (re-opened August 13, 2017)

What it is: Attraction

Mission: SPACE closed a few months before the 2017 D23 Expo, where it was announced that it would be receiving a brand-new video sequence for the Green (less intense) side and updated graphics for the Orange (more intense) side.

mission space

Unfortunately, that also meant that we had to say goodbye to Lieutenant Dan Gary Sinise in the pre-show.

PLAY! Pavilion (insert shrug emoji here)

What it is: Interactive experience

The PLAY! pavilion was another one of those big enhancements that we were worried might not make the cut.

In fact, Disney was fairly silent about it for a long time before it started popping back up again.

And, while we haven’t seen much about it in new press releases, it is still noted on the paper Epcot maps:

future home of play pavilion - epcot map

Before the initial announcement, rumors of something coming to the former Wonders of Life pavilion had been swirling for several months.

Play pavilion at Epcot

Billed as “unlike anything you’ve ever seen” at Epcot, the former Wonders of Life pavilion will be transformed into what Disney is calling a “play pavilion” that will be devoted to immersive fun.

Featuring an “innovative city,” this pavilion will host “interactive experiences, Disney characters, hands-on-activities, and engaging entertainment.”

Play pavilion at Epcot

Included here will be the chance to help out the legendary fashion icon Edna Mode as well as the chance to make a splash by competing in a water balloon fight with Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby.

Play pavilion at Epcot

With no new news released aside from it still appearing on maps, we can only speculate that Disney is moving forward with the original plans. 

Read more about the original announcement on the Disney Parks Blog.

World Discovery Closures

You had to know something was going to have to close to make room for all the new stuff in this land.

Here’s what’s gone as the result of this major Epcot overhaul:

  • Ellen’s Universe of Energy – closed August 13, 2017 to make room for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  • Circle of Life – closed February 3, 2018 to make room for Awesome Planet

World Showcase


  • Gran Fiesta Tour (open, no updates planned)
  • Frozen Ever After (open, no updates planned)
  • Reflections of China (open, updates scheduled)
  • The American Adventure (open, no updates planned)
  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along NEW! (open)
  • Impressions de France (open, shares space with Beauty and the Beast Sing Along)
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure NEW! (open)
  • Canada Far and Wide NEW! (open)
  • Harmonious (nighttime entertainment) NEW! (open)
  • DuckTales World Showcase Adventure (adventure game) NEW! (opened December 2022)
  • New Nighttime Show (nighttime entertainment) NEW! (opening late 2023)


Note: World Showcase is packed with restaurants, and if we listed them all, you’d probably fall asleep reading them. So to keep things simple, we are just going to list out new restaurants that have opened as part of the Epcot overhaul.

world showcase epcot updates map

According to Disney, the World Showcase will continue to be “a celebration of culture, cuisine, architecture, and traditions – infused with new magic.”

And while most of the planned projects will continue, there is one that Disney has quietly shelved and another one that is sort of up in the air after some recent news.

DuckTales World Showcase Adventure (opened December 16, 2022)

Disney announced that the former Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure would be replaced by a new DuckTales-themed scavenger hunt.

Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure - epcot

Disney’s original statements about its concept sound extremely cool. And as much as we enjoyed the Agent P themed adventure, the DuckTales re-theming sounded fun, too – especially with the reboot of the DuckTales cartoon.

The DuckTales cartoon has since been canceled, which had us concerned for the future of the DuckTales World Showcase Adventure.

But, in September 2022, Disney announced that the new adventure game would debut in Epcot in 2022. We can’t wait to play along.

New Nighttime Entertainment (opens late 2023)

What is it: Nighttime entertainment

Harmonious is the current nighttime show at Epcot and it just debuted in October 2021 as part of Disney’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

united kingdom harmonious views

However, it was announced at the D23 Expo in September 2022 that Epcot would be getting an all-new nighttime spectacular as part of Disney’s 100th anniversary. We look forward to hearing more information about this in the coming months.

EPCOT Forever (opens April 3, 2023)

What is it: Nighttime entertainment

EPCOT Forever originally debuted in 2019 as a temporary replacement for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth while the long term show replacement Harmonious was being developed.

Epcot Forever

EPCOT Forever will be making another run as the interim nighttime show between the closing of Harmonious and the opening of the yet-to-be-determined new nighttime show expected to debut later in 2023.

The show celebrates the history, present, and future of Epcot and features fireworks, laser shows, and kites controlled by jet skis.

Harmonious (closing April 2, 2023)

What is it: Nighttime entertainment

Celebrating how Disney music inspires people worldwide, Harmonious takes place on the water of World Showcase Lagoon and includes large-scale floats, LED panels, fountains, lights, fireworks and lasers.


The fountains seen above are a permanent fixture and visible for guests to enjoy during the day. (Sometimes get to enjoy them. We were honestly expecting them to act as a fountain more than what they do.)


On January 10, 2023, Disney announced that the final showing of Harmonious will be on April 2, 2023. At that time, the barges will be removed from World Showcase Lagoon and EPCOT Forever will be an interim show until a new show launches at some time in the future. EPCOT Forever will debut on April 3, 2023.

La Crêperie de Paris (opened October 1, 2021)

What is it: New restaurant

Another project that has opened is the new restaurant La Crêperie de Paris.

la creperie de paris - epcot - france pavilion

Opening on October 1, 2021 near the highly anticipated  “Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure” attraction, this authentic crêperie is home to more amazing French cuisine from chef Jérôme Bocuse – who is already behind Chefs de France and Monsieur Paul in the Epcot France pavilion.

The new restaurant features savory and sweet crêpes and has both a quick-service and table service dining option available.

Epcot Creperie

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (opened October 1, 2021)

What is it: Attraction

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure opened with a bang as part of the big 50th anniversary celebration.

As you can imagine by the name, this family-friendly attraction follows Remy on an exciting adventure through the kitchen of Gusteau’s.

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

If you don’t mind spoilers, check out the video to see what that looks like.

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue (opened February 19, 2020)

What is it: New restaurant

A new quick-service restaurant has taken the place of Liberty Inn, which closed on July 8th, 2019.

regal eagle smokehouse - epcot - american adventure pavilion

Serving up American Barbecue, this new indoor dining spot offers up fantastic meats, sauces, brews, and even a solid plant-based BBQ Jackfruit Burger option.

Check out the menu.

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along (opened January 17, 2020)

What is it: Attraction (show)

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

Building on the popularity of the Frozen Sing-Along in Hollywood Studios, Epcot now has its own Beauty and the Beast version.

Housed in the same theater as Impressions de France, the new show is an ok distraction. Without live actors, it can’t compete with the Frozen version over in Hollywood Studios, but if you have a Beauty and the Beast hardcore fan, it may be worth a stop – even if just to sit in the AC for a bit.

beauty and the beast sing-along - france - epcot

Since both Impressions de France and the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along take place in the same theater, make sure you check the My Disney Experience App for the current schedule.

Read more on the Disney Parks Blog.

Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 (opened January 17, 2020)

Attraction type: Show

Canada Far and Wide

Announced at Destination D in November 2018, Canada has now received an updated 360-degree film. The new film, called Canada Far and Wide, premiered in January 2020 and is narrated by Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. 

Takumi-Tei (opened July 5, 2019)

What is it: Table service restaurant

takumi tei - japan pavilion - epcot

Good news for all the fancy dining fans! A new Signature Restaurant is now open.

One cool thing to note is that this new dining location is being operated by the same people that operate the stores, kiosks, and restaurants in the Japan pavilion: Mitsukoshi USA.

takumi tei - japan pavilion - epcot

The name Takumi-Tei means “house of the artisan,” and the design elements used in this new restaurant “celebrate the relationship between Japanese craftsmanship and the natural world.”

Sound tasty? Check out the menu for more info.

World Showcase Projects that may not happen

Wondrous China (insert shrug emoji)

Wondrous China

Announced at Destination D in November 2018, China (along with Canada) was slated for an updated 360-degree film. Canada’s new film has premiered, but China’s has not.

Disney has been quiet on when we might expect to (finally) see Wondrous China, but we are hopeful that it will still happen.

Read more about the original announcement in the Disney Parks Blog.

Mary Poppins area (our hopes are fleeting)

Mary Poppins epcot attraction

Not gonna lie: the quiet removal of any mention of this new area stings a little.

At the D23 Expo in August 2019, Disney got all of our hopes up with the announcement that Cherry Tree Lane would be joining the United Kingdom pavilion.

And while the details were few and far between, Disney did say that guests would be able to “step in time down Cherry Tree Lane past Admiral Boom’s house, then enter Number 17, home of the Banks family, where your adventure will begin.”

Mary Poppins attraction at Epcot

The attraction even made it into the now closed Epcot Experience pavilion, where guests were dazzled with visions of Cherry blossoms flying across the large screens before having our *literal* breath taken away at the fantastical imagery of the much-beloved Mary Poppins.

Mary Poppins

Recently, there has once again been some chatter that Disney would be bringing this project back, however, nothing has been confirmed. We’ve been hurt before, so we’re just going to work towards the acceptance part of this grief journey (while keeping our fingers crossed that it might, possibly, someday, be resurrected).

Disney Skyliner (opened September 29, 2019)

Location: The Epcot station is located at the International Gateway. Other stations are located at Hollywood Studios, Art of Animation/Pop Century, Disney’s Riviera, and Caribbean Beach.

Gondolas at epcot

While not an attraction or restaurant, the announcement of the Disney Skyliner at D23 was very well received by nearly all Disney fans.

Gondola at International Gateway

This new mode of transportation allows guests to easily move between 4 resorts: Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach, and Disney’s Riviera Resort and 2 parks : Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

Read more about the Disney Skyliner gondolas.

World Showcase Closures

Here’s what had to close to make way for all the new stuff:

  • Epcot Forever – closed on September 28, 2021 to make room for Harmonious.
  • Liberty Inn –  closed on July 8, 2019, to make room for Regal Eagle Smokehouse

Epcot Timeline & List of Completed Projects

Want to see a timeline of everything that has been completed?

Check it out:


  • Original announcement was made at a Destination D event about a “major transformation” coming to Epcot (November 2016)






List of Epcot Projects Still Under Construction

Although a lot of the work has been done, there are still some significant projects yet to be completed:

World Celebration

World Nature

World Showcase

Epcot Rumors

The Disney community is full of rumors. And, truth be told, who doesn’t love dreaming about the possibilities?

But alas, in light of what we saw in 2020, we don’t think we’ll see either of the popular rumors below any time soon.

New Epcot resort hotel (rumor)

This rumor has been floating around since the D23 Expo in July 2017. It has been picking up steam again recently as permits have been filed that may indicate the preliminary work to begin prepping for infrastructure construction will be starting soon.

Most people are guessing that if this new resort happens, it will be situated towards the front of the park, possibly even near the monorail station.

New World Showcase pavilion (rumor)

Every year, rumors float around that a new pavilion will be coming to the World Showcase.

The most commonly mentioned idea is that of a Brazil pavilion. Still, alas, Disney has never confirmed or released anything that would indicate that such a pavilion is in the works.


Lots of changes are coming to Epcot in the next few years! Which of the Epcot updates are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments.

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Heather Thomas


Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

I'm sorry....Epcot is nothing more than a shadow of what it used to be....what it used to represent.... I first visited Epcot in the VERY early 90's, and I couldn't get enough of Future World, it quite literally blew my young mind. I was inspired to use my imagination and thrilled to that the possibilities for the future were endless. Back there there was very little in the way of commercialism in Epcot (yes there was certainly the Disney characters roaming around, the themed merchandise, and of course minor attractions that were themed to Disney created characters and movies), It was dedicated Walt's original vision of showing new generations what the future could be like, inspiring them with hope of a brighter tomorrow.

What Epcot has become today is sad, and very disappointing. Even the World Showcase didn't escape the sweeping changes made, I'm looking at you Frozen Ever After! The real ironic thing is, the chirlden of yesterday, who visited Epcot in it's golden years are now the adults of today with their own children, and from what I've seen and researched, I'm not in a minority of people who think this way.

That all being said however, this is still simply my opinion, and if you are excited for Epcot as it is now, then you should enjoy it to the fullest, and not let others (myself included) sway you from your decision to visit Epcot or any other Disney theme park. I just had to finally vent a little get this all out there.


Tuesday 9th of February 2021

The Imagination Pavillion will be part of The Nature section? Or will it be an extension of the Celebration section? Trying to figure it out.


Saturday 5th of December 2020

Thanks so much for the updated article on the works at Epcot! We are hoping to visit from the UK (my first time in about 10 years and my husband and kids’ first time ever) and pre-Covid were planning on an early 2022 trip, hoping to catch all of the new attractions at Epcot. I had been wondering recently what might end up being open (or not) by then given all that has happened this year..... so handy that you have spelled it all out in one place here, as I hadn’t been able to find an updated source of information.

Hopefully our 2022 trip can still happen (and I will cross everything that Guardians of the Galaxy is open by then because it sounds amazing!) but in the meantime I will continue enjoying your wonderful podcast and website!


Monday 3rd of August 2020

I have been to WDW so often, I've become an unofficial Ambassador. I've enjoyed every update and addition you've created so far. It's would be great to develop a Retro Theme Park. Many of those wonderous Attractions (now gone), we're stunning and beloved in their day. I now have Grand Children I enjoy sharing the most magical place on earth with. All those retired attraction would still have a following if they could be shared. For example, The Magic Journey montage, or the Kitchen Cabaret show, just to name a few. Keep sharing the magic. From a loyal follower.

Kevin Roberts

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

There is rumors that the star light paths are being removed. There are so many memories on these paths. Are they eliminating them or upgrading them to led controlled lighting?

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