Though a visit to Epcot used to be an essential part of a Walt Disney World vacation, attendance at this park hasn't been growing much in recent years (getting only a 5% boost over 5 years, according to the Wall Street Journal), which seems to indicate that many guests are reducing the amount of days they spend at this park or just skipping it outright.
However, even though Epcot is losing attractions and shows at a rate that is similar to Disney's Hollywood Studios (possibly in preperation for its own reboot in a few years), 2015 is still a great year to visit this park, and if you haven't made the time already, here are five great reasons you should definitely make an Epcot stop this summer.
1. A (final?) return for Captain EO
While we weren’t sure before whether Captain EO would return to Epcot’s Imagination pavilion after its nearly three month absence, it was confirmed by Walt Disney World that this revival attraction will indeed be returning to the Magic Eye Theater in mid-July. However, what is less clear is exactly how long this attraction will be sticking around this time.
It’s kind of a miracle that this “tribute” attraction (which was brought back in 2010 to celebrate the life and legacy of Michael Jackson) has lasted as long as it has, and when you consider that rumors have been swirling in recent years about a massive refurbishment for the entire Imagination pavilion, it becomes even more likely that Michael Jackson’s galaxy-saving ragtag group is on borrowed time.
Though it’s impossible at this point to predict when Captain EO might leave Epcot for good, recent comments from Disney executives hint that a massive reboot could be in the works for the entire Epcot park, potentially kicking off as early as next year. If an overhaul of the Imagination pavilion is indeed part of this rumored park reboot, we would expect Captain EO to finally sail off into the sunset for good fairly soon, making it vital that fans of this classic attraction get out this summer to change the world with Captain EO, Hooter and the rest of the gang at least one more time.
2. New tours and shows
While 2015 won’t see any new attractions opening at Epcot, this summer does bring a few new things to do to the park. Most notably is the new American Music Machine show, which features an a capella group that sings classic American tunes as well as top 40 hits every Wednesday through Sunday at the America Gardens Theater.
In addition to this musical show, there is also a new premium upgrade option debuting this summer at Epcot that brings guests on an educational walking tour around the World Showcase. Costing $109 per person, the World Showcase DestiNations tour lasts five hours and will take guests through the creation of the World Showcase pavilions, giving them access to previously cast-only backstage areas. This tour also includes lunch at a World Showcase restaurant, and a cultural demonstration at one of the pavilions.