Walt Disney World shared on Twitter today that many locations in Future World are set to close – either permanently or temporarily – as part of Epcot’s overall transformation.
So far, Innoventions East, Colortopia, Nanooze Break, Club Cool, Electric Umbrella, Fountain View (Starbucks), Epcot Character Spot, MouseGear, and The Camera Center underneath Spaceship Earth have all been confirmed to close at various points this year.
Innoventions East, Colortopia and Nanooze Break will have their final day of operation on Sept. 7, 2019, and will close for good on Sept. 8.
Club Cool will close on Sept. 8, but “elements will be incorporated into the new offerings as part of Epcot’s evolution,” per Walt Disney World Today on Twitter.
The Camera Center will close and return early next year.
Electric Umbrella’s closure was confirmed on the official Walt Disney World website with the following statement:
As part of the exciting transformation of Epcot, Electric Umbrella is scheduled to close this winter. New dining options will be available in the future, featuring a variety of food and beverage selections.
Fountain View’s closure was confirmed as temporary by the official Walt Disney World site. Guests can still get their Starbucks fix when it relocates to a new area during Epcot’s transformation.
Epcot Character Spot’s closure was also confirmed to be temporary by the official Walt Disney World site through the following statement:
During the exciting transformation of Epcot, Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot will temporarily close—beginning on September 8, 2019. Enjoy meeting some of your favorite Disney Characters at other locations throughout Epcot!
MouseGear’s temporary closure was also confirmed:
As part of the ongoing transformation of Epcot, Mouse Gear will move to a temporary home this winter while its current location is reimagined.
According to Walt Disney World Today on Twitter, several of these locations will operate “from temporary locations” throughout the duration of Epcot’s transitional period, though no confirmation on which locations they might be.
The Fountain of Nations is also expected to be demolished. Here’s a look at concept art released at D23 Expo 2017 that shows an idea of what Future World could look like once the transformation is complete.
More details on Future World closings and the plans for Epcot’s transformation will be revealed at D23 Expo 2019 next month in Anaheim.
Stay tuned for more updates on this story. To learn more about Epcot’s other offerings, visit DisneyWorld.com.