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New Park Entrance and New Pavilion Coming to Epcot

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Some big news has come out of Walt Disney World today! Epcot is in the beginning stages of a massive overhaul that will fundamentally change the dynamic of the park. In a statement released by the Disney Parks Blog, we have received details on a new pavilion and a new entrance coming to the park.

Per the Disney Parks Blog:

“The ongoing evolution of Epcot includes plans for a play pavilion that’ll be unlike anything you’ve ever seen at the park. This new space will be devoted to playful fun and feature an innovative city that’ll come to life under the dome of the un-named pavilion previously known as Wonders of Life. The pavilion’s city will be bursting with interactive experiences, your favorite Disney characters, hands-on activities and engaging entertainment when it opens just in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort!

“This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we’ve ever created and is completely unique to Epcot,” said Zach Riddley, portfolio executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Built on the power of play, it introduces an immersive and interactive ‘city’ where you can explore, create, and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is an experience worthy of our bold vision for Epcot – and another signature element of our transformation.”

There will also be exciting changes to the way you come and go at Epcot! As you can see above, changes are coming to the Epcot main entrance, where the plaza will welcome guests with new pathways, sweeping green spaces and a newly reimagined fountain. This new design will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements.

As part of the new entry experience, Leave A Legacy photos will be moving into a beautiful setting just outside the park’s gateway. Additional significant redevelopment will begin between Spaceship Earth attraction and the World Showcase Promenade. More details about the transformation of this area will be announced at a later date.”

Also announced is a new preview center coming to the park later this year. To be located in the Odyssey pavilion, you’ll be able to see the future of Disney World’s second theme park.

Before we know it Epcot is going to be a completely new place. I personally am very excited to see these changes. I love Epcot but it is in desperate need of a refresh. These elements will breathe new life into the park while staying true to its original statement. Are you excited for these changes or do you want it to remain the same? Let us know over on Facebook!


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