3. Future World gets reimagined as well
After months of speculation, Disney unveiled a new vision for Epcot's Future World in 2017 which will bring a lot of changes to this area of the park, including the addition of an all-new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction in the former Universe of Energy building. Disney has said that this franchise makes for a good addition to Epcot’s Future World because it gives guests the chance to experience the excitement and adventure offered by space travel.
It was finally confirmed during the Epcot 35th anniversary that this attraction would indeed be a roller coaster. But if you were expecting the next Space Mountain, you'd actually be quite wrong as this new attraction will be on a scale never before attempted at a Disney park.
According to WDWMagic, Disney is still going to repurpose much of the original Universe of Energy building, but as just queue and pre-show space for this new attraction, which will actually occupy a new building which is now under construction and is visible from the Epcot parking lot. Now while you may wonder how a single attraction can occupy two buildings, it looks like there will be some clever Imagineering here, as there will be a "launch tube" of some sort which will catapult guests from the first building into the second, kind of like on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.
In addition to the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction, Future World is also getting a new dining location that will bring guests out of this world. Though it doesn’t have a name yet, this new dining establishment will be located adjacent to the Mission: Space attraction and will have special "windows" that simulate views of the galaxy as diners “travel high above the earth” during their meal. No details on the menu have been released, but we do know this new restaurant will be operated by Patina Restaurant Group, which already operates nine dining locations at Disney parks, including Morimoto Asia and Tutto Italia.
However, though there are going to be some interesting additions to Future World, the image above has some notable structures missing as well. Here's a quick run down of everything that would be shuttered according to the concept art above:
- Club Cool
- Joy and Sadness character meet and greet
- Baymax character meet and greet
- FountainView Starbucks
While none of these closures have been confirmed, given everything that is going on with Epcot, we'd be inclined to believe that, even though no announcements have been made, Disney may very well be looking at half a dozen closures in the near future as the front half of the park is reinvented.
4. Tomorrowland also preparing for an overhaul
Last year we finally got confirmation that Disney is bringing a duplicate of Shanghai Disneyland’s Tron Lightcycle Power Run attraction to Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. This attraction, which allows guests to board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles and go on a high-speed adventure through Tron’s high-tech universe, has been one of the most popular attractions at Shanghai Disneyland, and certainly is a sensible addition to the Magic Kingdom that should help draw thrill seekers and sci-fi fans to this park. You can check out a ride through of the version in Shanghai (which is supposed to be virtually identical to the upcoming Magic Kingdom version) here
However, in an interesting twist, it looks like rumors that predicted the destruction of the Tomorrowland Speedway to make way for this attraction were premature, as concept art shows Tron Lightcycle Power Run being built in an unused area next to Space Mountain, with a re-worked (and possibly re-routed) Tomorrowland Speedway in the foreground. Interestingly, it looks like changes may also be in store for some of the Magic Kingdom’s transportation options as well, as concept art shows the Magic Kingdom railroad going through the Tron building and the Tomorrowland Peoplemover being upgraded and possibly re-routed as well. Though the addition of the Tron Lightcycle Power Run is certainly exciting by itself, it looks like this addition will continue the Magic Kingdom’s quiet transformation of Tomorrowland with subtle improvements to other areas of this land.