Though we know that some big changes are coming to Epcot, including the addition of a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster by 2021 and the opening of a Ratatouille attraction before 2020, some more immediate, smaller changes are happening now in the World Showcase area of the park.
From some shuffles in the entertainment lineup to some exciting new exhibits that will open soon, here are all of the changes happening right now at Epcot's World Showcase:
1. A new exhibit is coming to The American Adventure
Though the biggest draw at The American Adventure pavilion is of course the show that shares its name with the entire pavilion, this location is also home to the American Heritage Gallery, which offers a look at some often-overlooked pieces of history. This summer, this gallery will be hosting a new exhibit titled "Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art".
This new exhibit is being produced in cooperation with of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C. Some of the featured artists with works on display will be fashion designer Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo), noted doll maker Glenda McKay (Ingalik-Athabascan), and Juanita Growing Thunder (Assiniboine Sioux) from the Growing Thunder family of Montana.
2. New exhibit opening soon at the Stave Church Gallery at Epcot
And speaking of new exhibits, the "Norsk Kultur: Inspiration for Disney 'Frozen'" gallery inside the Stave Church Gallery at Epcot's Norway pavilion closed several weeks ago to make way for a brand new "Gods of the Vikings" display, which should be opening in the next few weeks. This new exhibit will give guests the opportunity to learn more about the popular Viking gods Thor, Odin, Freyja and Loki through displays of authentic Viking artifacts, many of which have been sourced through the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)’s Department of Archaeology and Cultural History, which is affiliated with the NTNU University Museum. This is actually the third time Disney has partnered with this group for exhibits in the Norway pavilion.
Though we'd expect most of this exhibit to revolve around classical interpretations of these mythological characters, we would be very surprised if Disney didn't include a few references to the Marvel series of films, as they have had some success sneaking in references to technically off-limits Marvel characters before.