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Epcot to get MASSIVE Infusion of Characters Over the Next 4 Years

Though plans are currently underway to transform Disney's Hollywood Studios from a half-day park to a full-day destination (thanks to Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land), after years of rumors and speculation it looks like the park with the next big update coming will indeed be Epcot. It seems like the new energy injected into this park by the opening of Frozen Ever After in the World Showcase's Norway Pavilion last year has given Disney decision-makers the confidence to go ahead and completely re-work Epcot in an effort to move away from science, technology, and cultural experiences, and instead inject familiar characters and IPs that will draw bigger crowds to the park (the way Frozen has done).

There will be several steps to this plan, and Disney has yet to commit to a specific timeline for all of these developments, telling the D23 crowd in attendance that these projects will “take time”, and will be open in time for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in 2021. However, though we don’t exactly know the “when”, now we have confirmation of the what and how of two new projects that will change even more of the DNA of Epcot and turn it into something more recognizable to fans of Disney’s film division.

1 Ratatouille ride confirmed for France

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Just a few weeks ago a rumor surfaced that seemed to indicate that Disney was planning on cloning one of the most popular attractions at the Disneyland Paris Resort and bringing it to Epcot: the Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy ride. And now it has been confirmed that this Ratatouille-themed 3-D dark ride, which uses trackless technology to "shrink" guests down to the size of a rat, will indeed be coming to Epcot sometime in the next few years.

While Disney didn’t share many details on this project, based on what we saw during the D23 Parks and Resorts panel, it looks like this ride will be exactly the same as the attraction at Disneyland Paris Resort, without any major changes. You can check out a full video of this attraction here. While Ratatouille hasn’t exactly had the cultural relevance that other Pixar films like Toy Story or Up have had in the past decade, this addition does make sense in the context of the France pavilion, and since the attraction already exists at the Disneyland Paris Resort, Disney is likely thinking they save time and money by building a copy of a pre-existing attraction here, which hopefully means that we’ll hopefully be able to experience this attraction at Epcot sooner rather than later.

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There are 6 comments.

So Epcot now officially exists in the MCU?! That's a mind bender.

Looks like a bunch of guys sitting around telling each other what great ideas these are, no matter how far off the mark they really are. "What great new clothes you are wearing, Emperor."

I love it. There was a time when EPCOT would seem forward and advanced. But the speed of change quickly makes any type of future (same for tomorrowland) world irrelevant before it even would open. Travel to other countries is a reality for so many that the world showcase is nice but as can be seen the festivals are more popular than the attractions. Using IP allows people to have a prior investment and desire to come to EPCOT. I would rather ride ratatouille than visit a corner of "Paris". Epcot is boring for those who are not dieneyphiles. I wood actually go to EPCOT with these additions. I know many traditionalists will be upset. Up with diagon alley and sea world upping their game Disney has really needed a reset with EPCOT. Btw Seaworls really is amazing. Great rides and shows. Take time and go. You'll be impressed.

I love it. There was a time when EPCOT would seem forward and advanced. But the speed of change quickly makes any type of future (same for tomorrowland) world irrelevant before it even would open. Travel to other countries is a reality for so many that the world showcase is nice but as can be seen the festivals are more popular than the attractions. Using IP allows people to have a prior investment and desire to come to EPCOT. I would rather ride ratatouille than visit a corner of "Paris". Epcot is boring for those who are not dieneyphiles. I wood actually go to EPCOT with these additions. I know many traditionalists will be upset. Up with diagon alley and sea world upping their game Disney has really needed a reset with EPCOT. Btw Seaworls really is amazing. Great rides and shows. Take time and go. You'll be impressed.

I feel EPCOT is the park where one can go to escape the feel of the Magic Kingdom and a place where humanity is celebrated. The shoehorned in IP's make the park less timeless and more generic or even more like Universal Studios

I think it's a bit unfair to call it shoehorned in. I think ratatouille in France makes perfect sense. I really hope Impressions de France stays though. Now GotG makes less sense. What would actually be cool is if they made it an edutainment ride like they are looking for a new energy source or something like that.

I don't know they keep going back and forth with their decisions to me. I think one thing that is really promising and shows they are still wanting a balance with keeping with the original idea of the park is that they are investing a lot of time and energy into updating the circle vision movie in China. Without IP too I might add. I don't see Universal investing millions of dollars to update a purely educational attraction. I think Disney deserves some major props for that.

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