EPCOT will officially drop the Future World name from October 1 as the park becomes comprised of four neighborhoods

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Posted: Monday September 27, 2021 1:34pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has announced that the new neighborhoods of EPCOT will officially debut beginning October 1 2021.

Future World will be replaced with World Nature, World Discovery, and World Nature, while World Showcase lives on unchanged.

While we have known about the new names since the EPCOT overhaul was announced in 2019, the exact date of the changeover was unknown until now.

Here is how Disney describes each of the EPCOT neighborhoods.

World Celebration

  • World Celebration offers new experiences that connect guests to one another and the world around them.

  • The EPCOT entrance plaza welcomes guests with open pathways and sweeping green spaces that beautify the entryway. Bridging the past, present and future of EPCOT is a new fountain at the base of Spaceship Earth with three majestic pylons. The entrance plaza also features new lighting and music, as well as flags flanking the fountain featuring six original EPCOT icons.

  • Beginning October 1, 2021, Spaceship Earth transforms at night into a Beacon of Magic with new lights shining across the geodesic sphere’s reflective panels.* These lights connect to one another in a symbol of optimism resembling stars in a nighttime sky.

  • Creations Shop invites guests to explore and celebrate Disney creativity, inspired by Mickey Mouse. The merchandise location features a bold, sleek design for an open, bright, welcoming environment with large glass walls allowing sunlight to pour in. Artistic homages to Mickey are throughout the shop, including large, dynamic murals that tap into the park’s original artistic spirit.

  • Adjacent to Creations Shop is a revitalized Club Cool Hosted by Coca-Cola. Celebrating Coca-Cola in a fresh new way, Club Cool invites guests to explore tasty drinks from around the world, bringing the global experience of Coca-Cola to life through new magic and classic flavor.

  • As guests pass Spaceship Earth, in the future they will discover a breathtaking new view of World Showcase from Dreamers Point. World Celebration will also feature a new statue honoring the legacy of the original dreamer, Walt Disney, plus beautiful natural environments and global design elements filled with Disney magic.

  • Surrounding this enchanted garden will be new merchandise and dining locations, along with a newly reimagined festival area that will be home to ever-changing events in a unique new environment.

World Nature

  • World Nature is dedicated to understanding and preserving the beauty, awe and balance of the natural world. It includes The Land and The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilions, as well as the forthcoming Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana.

  • The Land pavilion film “Awesome Planet” showcases the beauty, diversity and dynamic story of Earth. The 10-minute show features in-theater effects and an original musical score from Academy Award®-winning composer Steven Price.

  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana will be the first Disney Parks experience evoking the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film. This lush exploration trail will invite guests to meet and play with magical, living water. Just like Moana’s friend the ocean, water will have a personality of its own, helping guests learn how to protect the natural water cycle in a fun and engaging way.

World Discovery

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

  • In an expansion of the Mission: SPACE pavilion, the new Space 220 Restaurant is a culinary experience offering the celestial panorama of a space station, including virtual daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles above the planet’s surface. Guests board a space elevator for a simulated journey to the Centauri Space Station, where they experience the “height of dining.” Once they arrive, guests enjoy meals and drinks while taking in views that are truly out of this world. Space 220 is operated by the Patina Restaurant Group.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be the first “other-world” showcase pavilion at EPCOT. The family-friendly adventure starts in the Galaxarium, a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the formation of Earth’s galaxy and Xandar. Guests will learn more about the treasures Xandar has to share – until the moment when the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and guests go on an intergalactic chase through space and time. The attraction will feature a new innovation from Walt Disney Imagineering – a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus guests on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.

World Showcase

  • World Showcase continues to be a celebration of culture, cuisine, architecture and traditions – infused with new magic.

  • With a grand opening set for October 1, 2021, an expanded France pavilion features the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction, where guests feel as if they shrink to the size of Chef Remy and race through Gusteau’s restaurant. Joining this family-friendly experience October 1 in the France pavilion is a delicious new restaurant, La Crêperie de Paris, offering both table- and quick-service options and a menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse.

  • Also in the France pavilion, the classic “Impressions de France” film is joined by “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along,” directed by Don Hahn, producer of both the animated and live-action versions of this tale as old as time.

  • “Harmonious” is one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney theme park. Debuting October 1, 2021, over World Showcase Lagoon, the show celebrates the way Disney music inspires people the world over, carrying them away on a stream of familiar songs reinterpreted by a culturally diverse group of 240 artists from around the globe. “Harmonious” features massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and more.

  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue is a fast-casual restaurant at The American Adventure pavilion, serving classic American backyard barbecue and home-style craft brews. The restaurant takes its name from Sam Eagle; the beloved Muppet hosts a centennial cook-off – a salute to all cook-offs … but mostly barbecue.
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UNCgolf1 day ago

Yeah, but his original comment was only about that side of Future World, not Future World as a whole. I was thinking about the area once you're past Communicore because I was considering that a different section of the park.

DreamfinderGuy1 day ago

The entire core of the park has been destroyed. No Innoventions, old Club Cool, meet and greets, flex space, Electric Umbrella, not to mention the actual space to walk around in and the views. It’s an absolute downgrade over what was there 3 and a half years ago.

Epcot82Guy1 day ago

It's a little like rebuilding the Titanic while people are on it to look post-ice berg because you know swimming lessons with Ariel and Elsa will sell.

UNCgolf1 day ago

I guess the construction walls are new. The attractions are the same as they have been though. It's a shame how bad it is compared to how incredible it was 25-30 years ago.

NoChesterHester1 day ago

You mean except construction walls everywhere and every in place attraction feeling like it is falling apart… then sure. It’s a vastly different experience of tunnels and sadness.

UNCgolf1 day ago

UofE has been closed for over 4 years now. I think that whole side of Future World is a disaster -- literally every single thing there is worse than it was in the early-mid 1990s -- but yeah, I don't think it's really any different right now than it was 3.5 years ago.

90s1 day ago

The only change is UOE?

NoChesterHester1 day ago

Just visited for the first time in 3.5 years. Holy crap the north side of this park is a mess of an experience. There is so much work to do to make it interesting again… wow.

MrPromey2 days ago

For you. Space mountain and Starlight Cafe are probably close enough for others. Just because you have your opinion, though, please don't try to speak like it's a universal truth.

Incomudro2 days ago

They're (Mission Mars and Space 220) close enough.

MisterPenguin2 days ago

Yeah. Found myself letting the credits play through just to listen to the music.

sedati2 days ago

I want these people making new Epcot BGM: VisionsT0-B1

MrPromey4 days ago

They're not there yet but that's the goal. Similar to how a year ago, private flights off the planet from the US for civilans was not a reality but a goal. Musk has been clear for a long time about his vision of humans on Mars and is putting private money into it. NASA has plans for the moon and Mars. NASA is slow though because it relies on public money and safely doing space stuff is expensive. I know a lot of people think that NASA not being at the front of everything seems like a decline and like space isn't as much of a thing anymore but it's exactly the opposite. Them taking more of a back seat was always the goal. Government was supposed to pick up the slack until there was enough interest from the private sector to start pushing things forward. It's taken half a century and the egos of some middle-aged billionaires to get us there but we're finally at that tipping point. Regarding Mission Mars and Space 220 from an edutainment standpoint, Mission Mars isn't even close and Space 220 is to the idea of actual space dining what T-Rex in Disney Springs is to actually dining in the Mesozoic era. :/

Texas845 days ago

The guy on the left is already sending astronauts to the ISS and building Mars boosters and landers in Texas. The other two are thrill ride operators.