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Current Status of the 14 New Additions Coming to Epcot in 3 Years

5. Awesome Planet (TBA 2019)

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Earlier this yearDisney announced Awesome Planet, a brand new original film especially designed for Epcot, which will be coming to the Land Pavilion in the space formerly occupied by Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable. Here's the official description: 

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. 

6. Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue

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Walt Disney World has announced a new fast-casual barbecue restaurant that will replace the current Liberty Inn quick service restaurant in the American Adventure pavilion. This new location, which will be named Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue will open later this year after the Liberty Inn closes permanently on July 8th. Here's the official description of this new establishment:

The new location will be a modern barbecue smokehouse, with all the accompanying sights, sounds, smells and flavors you love – including a large smoker preparing fine food every day right on the pavilion’s promenade. There will also be a redesigned patio.

7. Unnamed film in Canada Pavilion (TBA 2019/2020)

The 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

There's only a few more weeks to see the O Canada! film at Epcot, as this attraction will close on August 1st. The space will then reopen a few weeks later during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival as an indoor festival marketplace, and then, at some unspecified later date, an upgraded film will debut.

8. Unnamed film in China Pavilion (TBA 2019/2020)

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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!  

9. Untitled Disney Music show (TBA 2020)

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Though Epcot Forever will run in 2019, in 2020, a new permanent nighttime spectacular will debut. This untitled new show will be a celebration of Disney music, and will show how Disney music inspires people around the globe, and will feature large floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, kites with special effects, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers. Confirmed Disney IPs that will be featured in this new production include Coco, Hercules, and Moana. Moving forward, this will be the permanent replacement for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, and the infrastructure for this show is under construction as we speak. 

10. Remy's Ratatouille Adventure (TBA 2020)

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Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, the new name for the Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy ride which is being cloned for Epcot is now under construction and is set to open sometime in 2020. This Ratatouille-themed 3-D dark ride will use trackless technology to "shrink" guests down to the size of a rat, and is being constructed in an expansion pad behind the France pavilion. 

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