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3. Construction on new attractions is chugging along

Ratatouille Arch in France pavilion
Image: Jett Farrell-Vega

In good news, we are starting to see some signs of progress for construction on two of Epcot’s most anticipated upcoming attractions.

Unlike our update on Magic Kingdom’s TRON Lightcycle / Run, most of Epcot’s attraction construction is taking place behind closed doors. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is currently in the process of continuing its makeover of the old Universe of Energy building.

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind queue building construction
Image: Jett Farrell-Vega

Across the lagoon, things are really looking good for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Guests can now wander past the righthand edge of the France pavilion to visit the Rue Auguste Gusteau, future home of the ride. Construction barriers are keeping the attraction itself out of guest view, but the presence of the new archway and other decorative nods to Ratatouille bode well for this ride to still open in 2021.

Rue August Gusteau sign
Image: Jett Farrell-Vega

On a side note, if you see a cast member wandering around with a platter, feel free to ask them where Remy is for a charming surprise…

4. The Harmonious barges are… interesting

Harmonious ring barge in World Showcase Lagoon
Image: Jett Farrell-Vega

Since the closing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth back in 2019, guests have been curious about Epcot’s new nighttime spectacular, Harmonious. Disney is calling the show its biggest nighttime display ever, pairing the use of lights, lasers, drones, floating barges, water curtains, and more to tell a unique story using favorite Disney musical pieces paired with music from many cultures.

Harmonious’ debut is likely a ways off, but testing for the show has begun… and if you visit Epcot, it’s hard not to notice the show’s hulking centerpiece.

Harmonious ring barge with Spaceship Earth
Image: Disney

It’s basically a Stargate.

Some guests have been less-than-happy with Disney’s decision to make Harmonious’ signature mega-ring a permanent feature of World Showcase Lagoon. Epcot has long been unique thanks to the beautiful sightlines visible from almost anywhere. Needless to say, Harmonious’ big space ring causes some disruption to those sightlines.

Time alone will prove if the decision proves worth it for a show like no other, or if the “Stargate” goes down in infamy next to the cake castle and the giant Mickey Hat. 

Spaceship Earth with barriers
Image: Jett Farrell-Vega

In conclusion, Epcot still has some post-lockdown issues, but it’s starting to get its stride back. We were reticent to visit previously due to all the cutbacks, but we’re feeling more and more comfortable returning to this park as a primary Disney destination.

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