Epcot Announces New Park Entrance, Play Pavilion

Epcot is in the midst of a major transformation, with the addition of a Ratatouille ride in World Showcase’s France pavilion, the Space-themed restaurant near Mission: Space, and the Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster that is replacing the Universe of Energy.

Today, on their official parks blog, Disney announced several more changes that are coming to the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

The ongoing evolution of Epcot includes plans for a play pavilion housed in the former Wonders of Life building. This new space will be devoted to playful fun and feature an innovative city that’ll come to 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 in 2021.

“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.”

Changes are also coming to the Epcot main entrance, where the plaza will welcome guests with new pathways, sweeping green spaces and a newly re-imagined 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.

Disney also announced an “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.

Are you excited for all of the change coming to Epcot? Let us know in the comments below!


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