Going into the D23 Expo we knew Epcot was going to be a big talking point, and already on the first day Disney has revealed some big changes to the Epcot transformation project. We’re going to share with you all the details about the expansion in Epcot including new pavilions, attractions, logos and names.
Keep checking this post throughout the weekend as we will keep updating it with more info about the changes coming to Epcot from the D23 Expo.
The first thing that Disney shared are the new logo for Epcot as a park, and also new logos for the different pavilions located throughout the park. they are old-school in look and feel, and I LOVE them!
Here is the one for Epcot itself:
and here are the individual ones for the pavilions throughout the park:
We’ll be learning more about them and what they stand for this weekend.
Eliminating Future World:
So when we say eliminating Future World we don’t mean the actual space, but the name Future World. Now Disney hasn’t confirmed this yet but in their description of the new Epcot they mentioned that:
“Epcot will be unified with four neighborhoods that take guests to new destinations where the real is made fantastic in a celebration of curiosity, hands-on wonder and the magic of possibility.”
What could those four neighborhoods be? Will they just get rid of the whole “Future World” and “World Showcase” naming system and go to something else?
It’s hard to tell from the concept art where the borders of the four neighborhoods are, but it’s possible they will ditch at least the Future World title and split the areas up. My guess is that World Showcase will stay World Showcase but Future World will be divided into three parts.
Logistically what makes the most sense is the newly designed center area complete with its greenery and park-like atmosphere will be one neighborhood, then the two areas (one to the East and one to the West will make up the other 2.
We’ll learn more about this as the weekend goes on I’m sure.
New World Showcase Pavilion:
Rumors have been going for years about a new World Showcase pavilion and it looks that that is a real possibility to get revealed this weekend. In the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion there are posters of all the different Epcot pavilions and two of them are blacked out with the words: “Revealing Sunday.”
At least one of them is likely to be a new pavilion in World Showcase. What country could it be? The most likely are Brazil or India. We’ll have to wait and see as this develops.
Changes to Existing Pavilions:
The models Disney put out for the Epcot transformation at the D23 Expo reveal a lot about which parts of Epcot are getting changes.
From the looks of it a big part of the transformation are going to be: China, Play Pavilion, France, Mexico and the Imagination pavilion. Will we be seeing a new attraction to replace Journey Into Imagination?
Innoventions West Demolition:
This was confirmed by looking closely at the concept art for Epcot. The Innoventions East buildings and the part that houses Mouse Gear and Electric Umbrella looks like it will be staying for the Epcot transformation. Innoventions West on the other hand, is completely gone.
This is going to give Epcot a really lopsided look to it, but it’s what Disney has chosen for now.
In place of Innoventions West there is lots of greenery, trees, gardens, and what looks like the Moana Journey of Water attraction.
New Restaurant Leading to World Showcase:
If you look closely at the concept art you’ll see an elevated building in the middle of the greenery, with trees and plants on its roof. Under the trees though are clearly rooms of some kind which will offer views of Epcot and World Showcase Lagoon.
My guess is this is a restaurant where Disney will offer exclusive views of the new fireworks show. Hopefully we learn more about this as the D23 Expo continues.
Coco Overlay Coming to Mexico:
This hasn’t been confirmed yet by Disney but one look at the concept art and model for the Mexico pavilion reveals that there is going to be some heavy Coco-influence involved here.
Looking at the pavilion you see a huge guitar leaning on the pavilion, and on the Mexico poster, Miguel from Coco is front and center. That leads me to believe we are going to be seeing Coco have a big presence here after all.
Does that mean a full-scale Coco overlay to the Gran Fiesta Tour like was rumored last year? We’ll be finding out more soon..
Odyssey Events Pavilion:
The newly announced Odyssey Event Pavilion is where all of the new changes coming to Epcot are going to be revealed and put on display for guests to see. This will be especially useful as guests are going to be surrounded in construction for the next few years.
We’ll keep you updated on all the changes coming to Epcot, in the meantime, checkout the rest of our D23 Expo links to keep you up-to-date.
- D23 Expo Guide – Everything You Need to Know about the Expo!
- D23 Expo News and Announcements – All the Announcements from the Expo
- D23 Expo First Timer Tips and Tricks – Everything you need to know BEFORE going to the D23 Expo.
- Star Wars at D23 Expo
- Marvel and Phase 4 at the D23 Expo
- Tour of the D23 Expo Show Floor
I want to know what you think about the Epcot expansion and changes coming…
- Which change are you most excited about?
- What other thing would you like to see added to Epcot?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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