Epcot Construction Update Thread - Updated 3/20/19

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  1. rteetz

    rteetz Rumors and News Moderator Moderator

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    Epcot is about to embark on a large park renovation that has already gotten underway and will likely continue or the next four to five years. This includes Ratatouille in France, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Disney Skyliner, new dining, and much much more. Other park improvement are going to be made over time as well. Below is a list of construction updates, announcements, permits, and other park renovation updates.

    Permits

    1380 Avenue of the Stars - Mission Space Graphics

    EC - Mission Space Queue Line Modifications - Provide labor, material and/or electrical for construction

    Mission Space Queue Line Permit - Provide labor, material and/or electrical for construction

    Mission Space Queue Line Permit - Provide labor, material and/or electrical for construction

    1400 Avenue of the Stars (Innoventions East) - General Construction

    EC Innoventions, 1400 Avenue of the Stars - Provide labor, material and/or electrical for construction

    Ratatouille Permit (11/19/17)

    Epcot Exploratory Filings

    Ratatouille Permit

    Disney Skyliner

    1830 Avenue of the Stars (France) - BOH Architectural Façade Renovation

    1830 F Avenue of the Stars - Underground MEPF, Foundations, Masonary, Roof, MEPF, Finishes

    1350 Avenue of the Stars (GOTG) - Install enclosure, stairs, catwalks, masonary and fireproofing

    Permits Filed for New Epcot Nighttime Spectacular Infrastructure

    Epcot marina work
    http://or.occompt.com/recorder/eagleweb/downloads/20180477447.pdf?parent=DOC2449S10645

    Leave a Legacy demolition
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    General Updates

    SpectacuLAB debuts in Innoventions

    Photo Update 11/21/17

    Epcot's Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction Will Be Opening in 2021

    PHOTOS, VIDEO: The American Adventure at Epcot Returns with New Golden Dream Song, Digital Projections

    Will Epcot Be Renamed as Part of a Re-Imagining?

    Location of Rumored Epcot Hotel Revealed in Permits?

    Guardians of the Galaxy Dance Party Coming to Epcot in May

    PHOTOS - Ratatouille goes vertical in Epcot's France Pavilion

    Ratatouille Construction 4/27/18

    PHOTOS: Wonders of Life Pavilion Exterior Refurbishment Takes a Darker Turn

    http://blogmickey.com/2018/05/photos-guardians-of-the-galaxy-roller-coaster-goes-vertical-at-epcot/

    PHOTOS: Wonders of Life Pavilion at Epcot Repainting Continues, Future Is Still Unknown

    PHOTOS: Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster Building Ramps-Up Construction at Epcot, Visible Inside Park

    Guardians Update 6/1/18

    Epcot land clearing continues 6/1/18

    Guardians Update 6/9/18

    Wonders of Life update

    Epcot Update: Massive New Buildings Dominate the Park's Skyline (PART 1)

    PHOTO UPDATE: Epcot Construction Projects and Vikings (Guardians of the Galaxy, Ratatouille, Skyliner and More)

    PHOTOS: Construction Has Begun on Japan’s New Table Service Restaurant at Epcot

    PHOTOS: Two New Restaurants Break Ground at Epcot

    Track Installation to Begin Soon on Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster at Epcot

    PHOTOS: Trees Cleared for Japan’s New Table Service Restaurant at Epcot

    PHOTOS: Universe of Energy Sign Removed, Pavilion Gutted and Ripped Open for Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster at Epcot

    PHOTOS: HP Lounge Building Being Stripped Down for New Space Restaurant Construction at Epcot

    PHOTOS: Universe of Energy Solar Panels Being Removed for Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster at Epcot

    https://wdwnt.com/2018/10/photo-rep...ndise-chef-figment-animation-celebration-etc/

    PHOTOS: Latest Look at Sitework and Plans for Space Restaurant

    PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 10/11/18 (New World Showcase Merchandise, Living with the Land, Puffin’s Roost, Space Restaurant, ETC.)

    UPDATE: Spaceship Earth Will Close for Over Two Years, Part of Massive Overhaul of Epcot’s Future World

    http://blogmickey.com/2018/10/photo...y-in-epcot-solar-panel-dismantling-continues/

    http://blogmickey.com/2018/10/photo...-to-guardians-of-the-galaxy-gravity-building/

    Guardians Update
    https://www.wdwmagic.com/attraction...f-the-galaxy-construction-update-at-epcot.htm

    PHOTOS: Ratatouille and Skyliner Construction Has Closed Part of Epcot’s France Pavilion

    PHOTOS: Epcot’s Space Restaurant Takes Shape, Vertical Construction Continues

    PHOTOS: Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster Construction Update

    Space restaurant
    https://wdwnt.com/2019/02/photos-construction-continues-on-epcots-space-restaurant-2/

    Vertical construction for new Japan restaurant

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    PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 2/12/2019 (New Canada Character Merchandise, World Showcase Lagoon Construction, ETC.)

    Illuminations
    https://wdwnt.com/2019/02/photos-co...howcase-lagoon-for-epcots-new-nighttime-show/

    Space restaurant
    https://wdwnt.com/2019/02/photos-ep...ands-outward-vertical-construction-continues/

    First-of-its-Kind Play Pavilion, New Park Entrance Part of Epcot’s Historic Transformation

    PHOTOS: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot – 2/28/19 Construction Update

    Former Wonders of Life Pavilion Becomes Construction Zone at Epcot

    Walls now up at Play Pavilion
    http://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions...gin-construction-of-the-new-play-pavilion.htm

    PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 3/16/19 (Spaceship Earth Tips, Flower & Garden Butterfly House, Construction Updates, and More!)

    PHOTOS: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot – Construction Update 3/20/19

    PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 3/20/19 (Disneynature Penguins, Long Lines for Chinese Cotton Candy, Construction Updates, and More!)
     
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    Future World

    Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster

    Announced at D23 Expo 2017 Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced that a Guardians of the Galaxy based attraction will be coming to the former home of Universe of Energy. This new coaster will be housed in a new 10 story building behind the current Universe of Energy building and will be one of the longest indoor coasters in the world. The existing building will become queue space. It will be a major E-ticket attraction. This attraction is said to open in 2021 in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

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    At Destination D 2018 Bob Chapek announced the coaster will spin on a new ride system from Vekoma. It will a controlled spin for looking at various scenes throughout this story driven coaster.

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    Mission: Space updates

    Announced at D23 Expo 2017 Bob Chapek announced that Mission: Space would be receiving some updates and changes. A new green mission and enhanced orange mission would open in August 2017. Gary Sinise would also leave in this updated version of the ride.

    Space themed dining experience

    Announced at D23 Expo 2017 Bob Chapek announced a new Future World dining experience next to Mission: Space. This dining space would offer views from outer space and be highly immersed in the space theme. It will open in time for the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary. Disney has since announced the restaurant will officially go between Mission: Space and Test Track.

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    Epcot Space Restaurant News

    Future World Overhaul

    Announced at D23 Expo 2017 Bob Chapek said the front of Epcot is going to under go a large change and Imagineers are working hard to keep it relevant, timeless, true to the original Epcot vision, more family, and more Disney. They also shared a piece of blue sky concept art.

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    Update 2/21/19

    First-of-its-Kind Play Pavilion, New Park Entrance Part of Epcot’s Historic Transformation

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    The ongoing evolution of Epcot includes plans for a play pavilion that’ll be unlike anything you’ve ever seen at the park. This new space will be devoted to playful fun and feature an innovative city that’ll come to life under the dome of the un-named pavilion previously known as Wonders of Life. The pavilion’s city will be bursting with interactive experiences, your favorite Disney characters, hands-on activities and engaging entertainment when it opens just in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort!

    “This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we’ve ever created and is completely unique to Epcot,” said Zach Riddley, portfolio executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Built on the power of play, it introduces an immersive and interactive ‘city’ where you can explore, create, and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is an experience worthy of our bold vision for Epcot – and another signature element of our transformation.”

    There will also be exciting changes to the way you come and go at Epcot! As you can see above, changes are coming to the Epcot main entrance, where the plaza will welcome guests with new pathways, sweeping green spaces and a newly reimagined fountain. This new design will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements.

    As part of the new entry experience, Leave A Legacy photos will be moving into a beautiful setting just outside the park’s gateway. Additional significant redevelopment will begin between Spaceship Earth attraction and the World Showcase Promenade. More details about the transformation of this area will be announced at a later date.

    And if you’re as excited as we are about these upcoming projects, you’ll soon be able to look into the future with us at a new Experience Center coming to Epcot later this year. The Experience Center will be located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion and feature interactive exhibits to help visualize park projects throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.


    ‘Awesome Planet’ Film at Epcot One of Several New On-Screen Experiences Coming to Park

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    Awesome Planet Film is coming to Epcot in the Land Pavilion. This new film will use the now vacant theater that once held the Circle of Life film. No opening date announced yet.
     
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    World Showcase

    Ratatouille attraction coming to France

    At D23 Expo 2017 Bob Chapek announced that Epcot is getting the Ratatouille trackless attraction from Disneyland Paris. The attraction will be located behind the current France pavilion and will take guests into the world of Remy. This attraction will be 3D and open in 2020.

    At Destination D 2018 it was announced the attraction would be called Remy's Ratatouille Adventure!

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    Circle Vision updates

    At D23 Expo 2017 Bob Chapek and Tom Fitzgerald announced that Epcot's China film would get a new seamless update. No word on when this exactly will happen.

    At Destination D 2018 Bob Chapek announced O Canada! would get a brand new updated film. In addition to that in France Beauty and the Beast sing-along will be added to the line up along side the popular Impressions de France.

    American Adventure

    Disney announced that the American Adventure attraction would be receiving updates in 2018. The finale scene would receive updated celebrities and figures and the popular song "Golden Dream" would be re-recorded. The projections would also now be digital.

    PHOTOS, VIDEO: The American Adventure at Epcot Returns with New Golden Dream Song, Digital Projections

    New Signature Restaurant in Japan!

    Disney has announced a new signature restaurant will be coming to Japan soon.

    Disney Parks Best Bites: May 2018

    PHOTOS: Construction Has Begun on Japan’s New Table Service Restaurant at Epcot

    Illuminations Replacement in 2019

    All-New Nighttime Fireworks Spectacular to Replace ‘IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth’ as Part of the Transformation of Epcot

    Epcot Forever will debut in Fall 2019 as a true celebration of the Epcot many fans have become to love.

    In 2020 an all new state of the art spectacular will debut featuring scores from timeless Disney films. Along with that will be massive floating set pieces, custom LED panels, fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers, and more!

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    Disney Skyliner Transportation System


    At D23 Expo 2017 Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced the Disney Skyliner system, a gondola transportation system that will connect several resorts, and theme parks. Disney's Hollywood Studios, Caribbean Beach, Riviera Resort, Epcot, Art of Animation, and Pop Century will have stations. The gondolas will hold 8-10 people.

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    PHOTOS: Foundation Work Begins on Epcot Disney Skyliner Station

    LINK TO AERIAL IMAGES THREAD

    At Destination D 2018 Bob Chapek unveiled a look at the first skinner cabin and announced the Skyliner will open in Fall 2019.
     
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  7. Farro

    Farro It's a pasta! It's a grain! What?

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    Great thread! So excited to see Epcot getting attention.
     
  8. KYMickey

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    A 10 story building for that new roller coaster incorporated into the world of energy Pavilion is going to make the front entrance to Epcot looked downright ugly!! No matter how they try to disguise it, it's not going to look good. The globe has always been the place that drives drive to it when entering the Epcot area, that's not going to be the case once this is built.
     
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    This isn't going to be in the for front. It will be set back behind UoE. It will be visible but I don't think it will be as prominent as SSE.
     
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    So excited for all of the changes! Thanks for sharing
     
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    Great job laying out all the proposed changes and updates! Thanks, Ryan!
     
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    I might be misreading @KYMickey's post but I think the concern raised isn't from inside the park, but as you approach the entrance ... which I hadn't thought about ... as this is going to be set back. perhaps you would be able to see the back side of the show building from the parking lot. Obviously they could theme it or try to hide it with trees, but 11 stories is pretty high - about 2/3 the height of spaceship earth
     
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    I feel it might be similar to seeing FoP from outside the park.
     
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    or maybe how you can see Mission Breakout from outside of Disneyland - if they try to theme it to Guardians (not saying exact same with the crazy colored pipes and stuff, but that sort of thing .... vs rock work which wouldn't really fit Future World)
     
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    Mousey0324 Earning My Ears

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    Was going to mention the same thing. FOP from the outside of the park looks terrible. Wish they did a better job disguising the building
     
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    Did anyone ever determine if the 11 stories is from the ground up? Or is it partially basement levels?
     
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    I would imagine from the ground up.
     
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    Which I hate btw
     
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    Any more details on the UK ride? I hope we hear something at either D23 Japan (doubt it) or at the Shareholders meeting :)
     
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    Nothing yet.
     

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