Epcot Construction Update Thread - Updated 9/6/19

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General Updates

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Photo Update 11/21/17

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

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

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

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: Two New Restaurants Break Ground at Epcot

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

PHOTOS: Latest Look at Sitework and Plans for Space Restaurant

http://blogmickey.com/2018/10/photos-first-exterior-walls-installed-at-guardians-of-the-galaxy-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/attractions/guardians-of-the-galaxy/news/12nov2018-photos---guardians-of-the-galaxy-construction-update-at-epcot.htm

Vertical construction for new Japan restaurant
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First-of-its-Kind Play Pavilion, New Park Entrance Part of Epcot’s Historic Transformation

Former Wonders of Life Pavilion Becomes Construction Zone at Epcot

Walls now up at Play Pavilion
http://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions/epcot/news/13mar2019-photo---wonders-of-life-now-closed-off-to-begin-construction-of-the-new-play-pavilion.htm

More guardians track installed
http://blogmickey.com/2019/03/photos-track-installation-begins-again-at-guardians-of-the-galaxy-roller-coaster-in-epcot/

Disney Releases New Concept Art, Video Preview, and Details on Epcot Forever

Epcot IllumiNations Finale Set for Sept 30; Epcot Forever Begins Oct 1


Work Begins Inside the Odyssey Pavilion at Epcot to Make Way for New "Experience Center"

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List of Epcot's temporary Character meet and greet locations following the closure of Character Spot in September

Character Spot at Epcot set to close in September





 
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Disney has announced that Future World will now make up 3 distinct neighborhoods.

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.

In 2019 Disney announced a full look at what is coming to Epcot.


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World Celebration

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World Celebration will offer guests new experiences to connect them with the world and those around them.

Spaceship Earth will remain the park icon and will transform into a new journey of human experience using old scenes and new ones to tell a new story. You will follow a story light that brings the experience to life in new ways giving each scene energy and beauty that ties the entire journey together.

A new pavilion will be the place to be for Epcot's festivals and will host live events. It includes an elevated view of the entire park and a great spot to see Epcot's nighttime spectaculars.

Epcot's entrance plaza will use new experiences to connect guests with the world and welcome you with a new reimagined fountain, pathways, and green spaces.

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After exiting Spaceship Earth you will discover new views of World Showcase from Dreamers Point. This space will have a statue of the original dreamer, Walt Disney.

World Nature

World Nature is about understanding the beauty and balance of the natural world. It includes The Land, and The Seas along with the new Journey of Water.

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana

First ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film Moana will let guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.


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

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.


Opens January 2020


World Discovery

World Discovery is about science, technology, and intergalactic adventure.


Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Remix

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. This coaster will be a reverse launch!

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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 220 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. Opening winter 2019!

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Epcot Space Restaurant News


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.



Character Spot at Epcot set to close in September

List of Epcot's temporary Character meet and greet locations following the closure of Character Spot in September


Walt Disney Imagineering Presents the Epcot Experience

Guests will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside the relentless innovation energy and excitement and see some never before revealed details driving the future of Epcot all throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.


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    World Showcase

    France Expansion

    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.

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

    Remy's Ratatouille Adventure opens Summer 2020 along with La Creperie de Paris which will offer both quick service and table service options.


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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.

    Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-long opens January 2020

    Canada Far and Wide opens February 2020


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    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

    Takumi-Tei is now open as of August 6th, 2019!


    Illuminations Replacement in 2019

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

    Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will end September 30th

    Epcot Forever will debut October 1st, 2019 as a true celebration of the Epcot many fans have become to love.


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    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! HarmoniUS is the name of the show.

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    New Mary Poppins attraction

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    The United Kingdom will be home to the first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins. You will be welcomed to Cherry Tree Lane to start your adventure.
     
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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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    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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    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.
    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.
     

    TheMaxRebo

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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.
    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.
    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 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
    I feel it might be similar to seeing FoP from outside the park.
     

    TheMaxRebo

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    I feel it might be similar to seeing FoP from outside the park.
    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)
     

    mcjaco

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    Did anyone ever determine if the 11 stories is from the ground up? Or is it partially basement levels?
     

    frankiedisney

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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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