Work now underway on the new Experience Center in Epcot's Odyssey pavilion

Jun 04, 2019 in "EPCOT"

Posted: Tuesday June 4, 2019 10:06am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

With the conclusion of the 2019 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, work is now underway on the new Experience Center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion.

The Odyssey is now closed to guests and cast, including the restrooms between the Odyssey and Test Track.

The new Experience Center will showcase the many changes that are coming to Epcot over the next few years as the park is redeveloped into Disney's new vision of Epcot.

According to Disney, "You will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that showcase the relentless innovation, energy and excitement driving the future of the park all throughout this unprecedented period of transformation."

The Odyssey has most recently been used as event space during Epcot's Festivals, and has recently been renovated.

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James AlucobondOct 26, 2021

Would be nice if they could resurrect other portions of the maquette and move forward with much-needed updates to Mexico and Imagination, but I suppose that dream is deadish for a while, at least.

UNCgolfOct 26, 2021

A functioning restaurant would be better considering how low Disney is on dining capacity. But yes, that's why I said it's not going to happen anytime soon.

SirwalterraleighOct 26, 2021

Well…it was an empty restaurant for about 20 years before it became festivalapalooza… define “better”

UNCgolfOct 26, 2021

They should really shut the whole thing down. Guardians and Moana are basically the only things left in there that are still coming and haven't already opened. Turn that space into something better (not that they're going to do that anytime soon).

DreamfinderGuyOct 25, 2021

Apologies for bumping such a long dead thread, but this seems the most appropriate place to ask this. Do we have any idea when/if the Ratatouille and Harmonious segments will be removed from the show? They’ve both been open for nearly a month now and their segments are still there. I can see Harm remaining since it uses more time neutral language and loops back to the intro, but keeping Rat confuses me since it’s presented as “coming soon”. Is it more of a case of just keeping the show long since it’s already been trimmed since opening?

Haymarket2008Aug 03, 2020

Yeah, I agree. Despite me being an Epcot Center fan/purist, the future looked bright. Not for everyone, but it seemed exciting. Hopefully things will continue to truck along. (Although within a year or so an entire new neighborhood will be totally complete: World Discovery. So a large chunk of the planned work will be online. Silver linings!)

Beacon JoeAug 03, 2020

I'm not gonna lie - I was pretty jazzed after visiting the preview center. Except for the whole raccoon/gotg thing. But everything else was cool.

MisterPenguinJul 24, 2020

Ah. Being discussed here: https://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/disney-confirms-multiple-epcot-projects-are-paused.966400/

FigmentFan82Jul 24, 2020

Hadn't seen their statement

MisterPenguinJul 24, 2020

...which is exactly what Disney said regarding revising the festival center. One doesn't have to have inside information to predict Disney will do what they publicly said they'll do. ;)

FigmentFan82Jul 24, 2020

Grains and grains of salt and all, but Mr. Hill alluded to the new festival center being very much needed as Disney had already begun to sell the space for corporate events. The implication seemed to be that although there may not be a festival center that looks like the concept art we've seen, there will in fact be some new festival center built.

SoFloMagicJul 16, 2020

took poppins and sse out

jensenrickJul 16, 2020

It looks the same to me, what changed?

brb1006Jul 15, 2020

The Epcot Experience got updated recently.