Since late 2016, Disney has been stirring excitement for a significant transformation of EPCOT at Walt Disney World. This isn't just a series of minor tweaks; it's a bold, large-scale overhaul aimed at revitalizing the iconic park. Now, as 2023 draws to a close, the fruits of this labour are nearly ready for public enjoyment.

Recent Progress:
In recent years, EPCOT has seen major developments. The France Pavilion expanded in 2021 with Remy's Ratatouille Adventure and Le Creperie de Paris. 2022 welcomed the thrilling Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. Other notable additions include Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, and the upcoming night time show Luminous, debuting in December 2023.

Redefining EPCOT's Landscape:
EPCOT's transformation includes redefining its layout into four neighbourhoods, each embodying unique aspects of global culture and innovation:

  1. World Showcase
  2. World Celebration
  3. World Nature
  4. World Discovery

Significant Changes and Additions:
Each neighbourhood boasts its own set of attractions, dining, and shopping experiences. The World Celebration, opening in December 2023, includes attractions like Spaceship Earth and the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival. It also introduces new elements like the Mickey & Friends character meet & greet and the Figment Meet & Greet.

World Celebration Gardens and CommuniCore Hall:
Set to open in December 2023, these new areas promise to enhance EPCOT's communal and interactive spaces. The Gardens, occupying the area of the former Fountains of Nations, will offer more greenery and relaxation spaces. CommuniCore Hall and Plaza will provide indoor and outdoor event spaces, respectively.

New Park Entrance and Retail Experiences:
The new park entrance, completed in 2022, offers a more vibrant and welcoming aesthetic. The Creations Shop, EPCOT's flagship store, along with the re-opened Club Cool, enhances the retail experience for guests.

As the countdown to the grand unveiling in December 2023 continues, EPCOT's transformation stands as a testament to Disney's commitment to innovation and immersive experiences. The anticipation is palpable among fans and visitors, eager to explore the revamped park with its fresh and innovative offerings. Stay tuned for more updates on these exciting changes at Walt Disney World's EPCOT!