Though Disney's Animal Kingdom has finished its transition to full day park with the addition of Pandora - The World of Avatar and Rivers of Light and Disney's Hollywood Studios will complete its reinvention later this year with the additions of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, Disney is pulling together long term plans to reinvent Epcot by 2021, by adding a massive nine new attractions over the next three years...
1. The Odyssey "Experience Center" (Fall 2019)
There are a LOT of changes coming to Epcot over the next five years, and to help guests keep track of everything happening there will be a new semi-permanent "Experience Center" opening in the former Odyssey restaurant later this year that will showcase the upcoming changes to Epcot.
This reimagined preview space will feature engaging and interactive exhibits that showcase the relentless innovation, energy and excitement driving the future of Epcot, and will be open for the next few years while all of the following ambitious projects are in development
2. Epcot Forever (Late 2019)
In case you haven't heard, IllumiNations is ending later this year, and Disney announced last year that as soon as this show finishes up its run, Disney will debut a limited-time nighttime spectacular, called “Epcot Forever,” which will feature classic Epcot themes. This new show is meant to showcase the best of Epcot while celebrating its unique history, all with classic music and advanced pyrotechnics.
3. Awesome Planet (TBA 2019)
Earlier this week Disney announced Awesome Planet, a brand new original film especially designed for Epcot, which is officially described like this:
An on-screen exploration of the realm we call home, showcases the spectacular beauty, diversity and dynamic story of our earth with all the grandeur guests have come to expect.
With spectacular nature photography, immersive in-theater effects, and space sequences created by none other than Industrial Light & Magic (which provided the cinematic foundation for the Star Wars franchise), “Awesome Planet” will stir Epcot guests and deliver an environmental message that will resonate far beyond its final scenes.
Of course, this description is fairly general and vague, but the concept behind this new film still sounds really interesting and the ecologically-friendly message in Awesome Planet is definitely something that will align with the overall theme of the Land Pavilion, but will hopefully feel more up-to-date than its Lion King-themed predecessor. We're also excited about the prospect of the Harvest Theater being upgraded to facilitate the special effects detailed above in the description of the new show.
4. Unnamed film in Canada Pavilion (TBA 2019)
he current O Canada circle-vision attraction's days are numbered as it has been confirmed that a brand new O Canada film will be coming to Epcot's Canada Pavilion sometime in the near future, though like the Beauty and the Beast show in France, no timeline has been provided for this upcoming change, but we'd expect this new film to debut very soon
5. Unnamed film in China Pavilion (TBA 2019)
The current Reflections of China circle-vision attraction's days are also numbered as it has been confirmed that a brand new film will be coming to Epcot's China Pavilion sometime in the near future. Though this was initially announced in 2017, we haven't heard much about this development. However, Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek has confirmed that this new attraction is still in development, so hopefully we'll learn more soon!