PHOTOS - New concept art shows more of Epcot's redesign including new names for Future World areas

Aug 25, 2019 in "EPCOT"

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Posted: Sunday August 25, 2019 3:33pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Epcot's Future World is no more, and will soon be replaced with three new 'neighborhoods.'

According to Disney, "Epcot will be unified with four neighborhoods that each speak to important aspects of the world and its people: World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery. These neighborhoods will be filled with new experiences rooted in authenticity and innovation that take you to new destinations, where the real is made fantastic in a celebration of curiosity, hands-on wonder and the magic of possibility."

World Celebration

World Celebration will offer new experiences that connect us to one another and the world around us.

The iconic Spaceship Earth will remain a voyage through time as the journey transforms to reflect the power of storytelling to unite the human experience. New narration and an entirely new musical score will focus on the moments and ideas that define our story. You will follow a magical “story light” that brings the entire experience to life in dynamic ways, giving each scene energy and beauty that ties the entire journey together.

A new festival pavilion will be the venue for Epcot’s signature festivals. It will provide an elevated view of the entire park and an ideal spot to witness Epcot’s nighttime spectacular. The three-level structure will feature a plaza level, a middle expo level, and a park that sits in the sky on the top level.

Epcot’s entrance plaza will be transformed with new experiences that connect us with the world, welcoming you with a reimagined fountain, new pathways and sweeping green spaces that beautify the entryway. The design will pay homage to the origins of Epcot.

At the exit of Spaceship Earth, there will be a new view of World Showcase from Dreamers Point. World Celebration will also feature a new statue celebrating the legacy of the original dreamer, Walt Disney, and natural environments and global design elements filled with Disney magic and surprises, including a wishing tree in an enchanted forest and a story fountain celebrating the power and music of iconic Disney storytelling.

World Nature

World Nature is dedicated to understanding and preserving the beauty, awe and balance of the natural world. It will include The Land and The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilions.

Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana” will be the first experience inspired by the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film. This lush exploration trail will invite guests to meet and play with magical, living water. The water will have a life of its own – just like Moana’s friend, the ocean – and guests will learn about the importance of the natural water cycle.

The Land pavilion’s new film, “Awesome Planet,” which showcases the beauty, diversity and dynamic story of the planet, will open in January 2020.

World Discovery

In World Discovery, stories about science, technology and intergalactic adventure come to life.

This area of the park will include the new PLAY! Pavilion, Space 220 Restaurant, Test Track, Mission SPACE, and Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind.

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networkpro12 hours ago

They are just buildings no longer housing those experiences. Those names are just footnotes of the past.

OvertheHorizon12 hours ago

Glad to see that hideous paint scheme going away on communicore/innoventions.

DreamfinderGuy22 hours ago

Ironically DCA is about as much California themed anymore as EPCOT is EPCOT themed, so it would work.

Jrb19791 day ago

Might as well change the name to Disneys Florida Adventure. It's not longer the EPCOT I once knew. I honestly hate the amount of IP being put into the park. EPCOT was at its best when Horizons and World of Motion were there. Instead of jamming IP into EPCOT why not go back to the original planned attractions for World Showcase. Nevermind GP only like IP based attractions.

trainplane31 day ago

jt041 day ago

Not a bad idea.

Squishy1 day ago

Name change coming confirmed!

DoleWhipDrea1 day ago

From those that knew him well, friends of Walt have said that he would absolutely hate having statues of himself. Disney as a company knows this but does it anyway. In light of how vastly different Walt’s vision of EPCOT was versus what was originally built (that at least took some of his original ideas and refined it to work in a theme park setting), versus the current direction WDI is taking with the park, it all feels rather phony and ridiculous to me. I don’t want a statue or a wishing tree. I want to dream about how much better we can make the world with the technology and resources we have today and what humanity is close to cracking. EPCOT is supposed to inspire - they’re still with that concept as a park of “possibility.” Butit has to actually mean something.

sedati1 day ago

Walt's EPCOT had a hotel.

jt042 days ago

Not since the millennium. I'm not be sarcastic or dismissive when I say the globe became smaller and also became EPCOT. With mixed results. Eisner was definitely visionary when he recognized the implications to EPCOT of globalization and the internet. It is evolving to try to be relevant in a new era. So in that sense Epcot lives on.

networkpro2 days ago

I would venture that it is not as imagined first by Walt Disney (its objectives were altered before the concept opened in 1982 which was fortuitous based on the results that Celebration achieved... those pesky non-employees won't do what you tell them to do and have ideas of their own what to do with their possessions and lives), fell quickly behind as they couldn't keep up refreshing the attractions with the progress of technology, edutainment became a drag as access to information became ubiquitous, and large scale sponsors had other more effective means of spending their advertising dollars other than a venue with a capped attendance. You cant build an effective chair without legs. Customer demographics, technological advancement, return on investment, customer expectations, these a few of the items that Disney as a company struggles to frame into a park half of which is based on the divination of what's to come.

lazyboy97o2 days ago

DisneyPark Florida 2 at the DisneyPark Resort Orlando.

The_Jobu2 days ago

Now that's deep...

DCLcruiser2 days ago

I will submit that it is. My Leave a Legacy is still present :-p Let's give it all a chance, come on.