As many are already aware, Epcot is getting a major overhaul and that means big changes coming to the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow that is always in a state of becoming in the words of Walt himself.
For several weeks now, the monoliths just inside the entrance to Epcot have been in the process of being removed making way for a new sprawling entrance to the park. The right side was removed first with the left side now underway.
The entrance will see a water feature that features the three spires of Epcot returning, centered in front of Spaceship Earth making for a cleaner, more open layout for the entrance to this classic park.
The spine of Epcot as it is known which includes Club Cool, the Character Spot and Starbucks is all going to be demolished in what Disney is calling Project Gamma.
All of these areas are set to close in the early parts of September with WDWNT reporting an exact date of September 7. While it is unclear where Club Cool and the famous Beverly will be relocated, Starbucks will be relocated to a temporary location until a new stand-alone building has been completed for the coffee chain. Mickey and pals will also receive temporary digs until their new home is constructed.
Innoventions West, the Fountain of Nations, and the Art of Disney Store are all set to be completely demolished. Innoventions East will also undergo changes with only Electric Umbrella and Mouse Gear rumored to be left standing.
Electric Umbrella is scheduled to close on September 8 and be closed throughout the winter for re-imagineering.
Mouse Gear is also scheduled to close later in 2019 for an extensive overhaul. As this is one of the largest merchandise locations in the Disney parks at Walt Disney World, Mouse Gear will receive a temporary location until the refurbishment is complete.
The areas will be replaced with a garden area that will be home to a permanent Beer Garden space that can be utilized year round.
A bridge that will extend from Future World over near Spaceship Earth over to the new Festival Center will be constructed as well.
These changes are only a few of what is to come for this park. All of the construction is expected to be complete before the 40th Anniversary of Epcot in 2022.
Construction is already underway in the entrance space as we mentioned above with the removal of the monoliths. Additional construction is underway in the parking lot/monorail area.
Spaceship Earth is set to close in January 2020 for a two year overhaul that will include face lifts to everything up to the invention of the printing press and rumored complete overhauls to all scenes following that, to better replicate the changes and evolution of technology and communication.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster is currently under construction and set to open in 2021. This coaster is going to be the first Disney coaster to include a backwards launch and will include your favorite Guardians of the Galaxy characters.
The Space themed restaurant was confirmed by Disney with an opening date sometime in 2019 and will be located adjacent to Mission: SPACE.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is Disney’s longest running nightime show and is set to come to an end on September 30. The show will be replaced by a temporary nighttime show called Epcot Forever on October 1 before it’s permanent replacement debuts for the 40th Anniversary of the park.
Additional changes are also set to begin within the next year as almost the entire park is set to see new and exciting things and re-imagined magic ahead of the park’s 40th anniversary including the new rumored Brazil pavilion, changes to Canada and the upcoming Ratatouille ride in France which is rumored to be complete and opening in May 2020.
Stay tuned for more highlights of the changes coming to Epcot right here at For Love of the Mouse.
Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.