Back at the D23 Expo, Disney announced that a new Odyssey Experience is coming to Epcot which will showcase all the changes taking place in the park in the coming years. Now the Epcot Experience is open and we’re going to share with you all all the details for it and give you a full tour.
The Epcot Experience Overview:
- Location: Epcot – Odyssey
- Status: Now Open (October 1, 2019)
- Attraction Type: Exhibit
- FastPass: Not needed
- Attraction Length: Self-guided
- Capacity: TBD
What is The Epcot Experience?
Starting October 1, guests visiting Epcot can now see all the exciting new plans for the park in the Odyssey Events Pavilion. This will be done in a separate section inside the Odyssey called: “Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience.”
Have you noticed all the construction going on in Epcot? This is where guests can find out more information about the projects currently under construction and more to come. These displays show the relentless innovation, energy and excitement and some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot during this historic period of transformation.
There is also special limited-edition merchandise celebrating the old and new versions of Epcot.
Models, artwork and displays area available for attractions such as:
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Galactic Rewind
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
- Mary Poppins Attraction
- Journey of Water
- and more
You also can see a huge model of Epcot as a whole with a birds-eye-view of each pavilion, and the changes coming there.
Maybe the cherry on top however is the giant 360-degree projection display which shows concept art for the new Epcot, its attractions and a sneak preview of the upcoming HarmonioUS nighttime spectacular.
This will be a useful place to help guests see past all the construction that will be taking place in Epcot over the coming years and give them something to look forward to.
Now that you know what the Epcot Experience is all about, it’s time to go inside and take a tour of the place! Make sure to scroll down for the Full Video of the Epcot Experience Film!!
Before we actually go inside the Odyssey, it’s important to note the changes that have been taking place outside first.
The whole building has gotten a brighter paint-scheme which will play into the rest of the theming later on:
A nice look at the old-school Odyssey Sign:
Colorful chevrons are painted on the wall on the side of the building down to the water:
The entrance to Odyssey from World Showcase got a whole new paint job in a light blue and white:
The white color continues around the building:
A look near the doors reveals the new Epcot logo painted on the wall. It goes along with the new color scheme for the building with its dark blue and white symbol. It also nicely wraps around the side of the wall:
You’ll even notice the cool new white and blue trash cans with the new Epcot symbol on them too!
As you approach the door you can see the new pink color painted on one of the walls:
As cool as it is inside the best part is beyond those doors…
As you enter the Odyssey building you see the food and beverage counter ready where you can buy some snacks like chips, soda, popcorn, etc.
As for now they aren’t selling anything really extraordinary, just your basic snacks.
Epcot Pavilion Posters:
Around the inside of the building you’ll find the retro-style posters lining the walls, one for each Epcot pavilion, attraction and neighborhood. These are very similar to the ones from the D23 Expo this past summer. You can see some of the ones here past and present: World of Motion, Turtle Talk, Japan, Space 220:
Journey of Water, World Celebration and Horizons:
There’s even one pointing towards the future of Epcot as a whole:
Some more posters:
As you know, Epcot has a new logo and font which will be used from now going forward in the park. Now you can get some new merchandise like shirts and hats with the new Epcot logo on it.
There were a few things on display:
Directly in front of the snack counters is the entrance to the main showroom, complete with a fancy new sign for the Epcot Experience:
Let’s go in!
This is the main attraction of the Epcot Experience. Enter and take it all in, it’s breathtaking:
This is very similar to the model we had at the D23 Expo of Epcot, and showing the changes coming to some of the pavilions. The nice thing about this version here is that it uses projection mapping to display effects on top of the model, giving you a truly awesome experience.
There is a 12-minute video showing all the changes, again like at D23 Expo, but different and concentrating more on each pavilion at a time. There was also less time spent showing off the entrance and changes around the Epcot neighborhoods in general, and more focused individually.
First up is a look at the World Celebration part of the park:
Next is Journey of Water with Moana:
The graphics on this were stunning, and pretty much all of the different mappings for that matter.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Galactic Rewind
This was one of the highlights for me because it had Rocket come in with a very funny intro and similar to what you find in Mission: BREAKOUT! in Disney California Adventure:
This part was very different and we are going to get a very different ride, with some Disney animation things thrown into the mix:
Next they talked about the new films including a sneak peek at the new China film:
A cool effect was when they were showing each video, a different projection mapping overlay would be displayed on the model:
Here is the Mexico Pavilion with a Ratatouille projection mapping:
They didn’t really mention Mexico, but Miguel’s guitar from Coco still looms large…
The UK pavilion with its Mary Poppins attraction:
Behind Spaceship Earth where the Festival Center will be:
Changes to the France Pavilion with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and the Crepes restaurant coming:
The Guardians of the Galaxy pavilion has a whole new look to it with pools of water on both sides and a spaceship in front which you will be riding:
Imagination Pavilion is alive and well. The rainbow seems to indicate Figment’s presence will still be felt:
The Play Pavilion:
Watch the Full Video of the Epcot Experience Here:
Besides the huge model in the other room, there are displays in glass boxes with props from 4 of the different attractions coming to Epcot. Mary Poppins, Guardians of the Galaxy: Galactic Rewind, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and the Festival Pavilion.
Let’s take a look at them:
Mary Poppins Attraction:
There are some cool props from the Mary Poppins films like the Certificate of Shares, Mary’s umbrella and bag and some concept art from the film and attraction location in the UK pavilion:
Guardians of the Galaxy:
Some props from the Guardians of the Galaxy ride:
Festival Center Pavilion:
Here is a model of the new Festival Center pavilion behind Spaceship Earth heading into World Showcase:
You can get a good look at its multi-level platforms:
A look underneath shows people walking in the levels:
People can walk all around it and inside as you can see in the back here. It also looks like there is an escalator and stairs that people can take up and down:
There is even some great memorabilia like an opening day ticket to Epcot from 1982:
And an opening day Guide Map:
On one side are some cool photo opportunities you can step into and get your photo taken:
Guardians of the Galaxy:
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure:
Epcot Mural and Concept Art:
Lastly on the back wall of the pavilion there is a huge mural with concept art of an aerial view of the new Epcot: There are a lot of hidden gems in there well be looking at over the next couple of days.
Take a look:
In the back you can see World Showcase:
Here is a good look at World Nature:
In the center of the art is a look at the area behind Spaceship Earth and the Festival Center pavilion. You can also see HarmonioUS going on in the middle of the lake:
Here you can see the entrance to Epcot, complete with gardens and a new fountain:
On this side is World Discovery:
Overall we think they did a good job with the Odyssey building and making a pretty cool glimpse into the future of Epcot. I hope they continue to update it as new things continue to get announced for the park in the next few years.
My only concern is that it’s a little hard to get to and find, and I don’t think the majority of guests will realize what’s over there right away. It should get people excited about what’s coming though for whoever takes the time to look at it.
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I want to know what you think about the new Epcot Experience at the Odyssey?
- Do you like the new preview show space ?
- Which display is your favorite?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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