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New details revealed about Epcot transformation at Walt Disney World

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

As it celebrates its 50th anniversary year, Walt Disney World Resort continues to bring immersive storytelling to life through innovative new attractions and experiences. The Epcot transformation divides the park into four unique neighborhoods: World Celebration, World Discovery, World Showcase, and World Nature.

Epcot Transformation - World Celebration
Artist Renderings courtesy of Disney

Epcot Transformation: World Celebration

World Celebration is designed to provide new experiences that connect guests to each other and the world around them, beginning with the reimagined Epcot entrance plaza representing the park’s past, present, and future.

The World Celebration neighborhood will also offer a hub divided into several gardens, with a central planter based on the five-ring Epcot logo. The gardens will take on a whole new life at night, with lighting that immerses guests in an evening experience that changes with the seasons.

CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza – a multi-use facility and outdoor event space – will bring Epcot’s international festivals to the center of the park, with the ability to host intimate musical performances that extend into the nearby gardens, as well as large-scale concerts.

World Celebration also includes the newly-opened Connections Café and Eatery, the Creations Shop, and the reimagined Club Cool.

In the future, guests will discover a new view of World Showcase from Dreamers Point, featuring a new statue honoring the legacy of the original dreamer – Walt Disney.

Epcot Transformation: World Discovery

Stories about science, technology, and intergalactic adventure come to life in World Discovery, including the highly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, the first “other- world” showcase pavilion at Epcot, opening May 27, 2022.

Epcot Transformation - Cosmic Rewind

The all-new family-thrill coaster adventure starts in a planetarium-like exhibition called the Galaxarium. Here, guests will learn about the formation of Earth’s galaxy and the planet Xandar, and the technologies Xandar has to share – that is, of course, until Eson the Celestial arrives and guests are recruited to embark on an intergalactic chase through time and space to help the Guardians of the Galaxy save the universe.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is one of the longest fully enclosed coasters in the world and features the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster. Plus, each vehicle rotates 360 degrees to focus guests on the action.

Epcot Transformation - Space 220

But that’s not the only out-of-this-world experience in World Discovery. The new Space 220 Restaurant allows guests to dine in a space station 220 miles above the planet’s surface.


All Views from the Space 220 Elevator at Epcot, Walt Disney World

Epcot Transformation: World Showcase

World Showcase continues its tradition of celebrating global culture, cuisine, architecture, and traditions, and a recently-expanded France pavilion features the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction and Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” that shows another side of this tale as old as time.

The Harmoniousnighttime spectacular that debuted for the resort’s 50th anniversary celebrates the ways Disney music inspires people worldwide, with favorite Disney songs reinterpreted by artists from around the globe, massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers, and more.


Best places to watch Harmonious fireworks show around World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot

Epcot Transformation: World Nature

Dedicated to understanding and preserving the beauty of the natural world, World Nature will be the location of the upcoming Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana – the first Disney Parks experience representing the popular 2016 animated film.

Epcot Transformation - Journey of Water

The immersive experience is formatted as an exploration trail where guests will meet (and play with) magical, living water as a fun and engaging way to learn about protecting the natural water cycle – and just like Moana’s playful friend, the ocean, the water will have a personality of its own.

Click here for more information about visiting Epcot.

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