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We are diving into the updated renderings that have been released at the 2019 D23 Expo happening now in Anaheim, California.
For months now, we have been discussing what Disney is going to give us, what crumbs we will be devouring come D23 time. Well D23 time is now and we are diving headfirst into all of the information, big and small, being released.
The new renderings for Epcot were big news at the media preview for D23 on the evening of August 22.
One rendering highlights the World Showcase side of Epcot and has given us details details that were unknown or under reported until now.
The first thing that we see in the rendering is in the lower center to center-left of the rendering.
The new cleaner Epcot entrance shows the spires and fountain returned to the park area with the monoliths removed which we are all about.
We see a new small overhang or building represented behind Spaceship Earth where we expect the updated attraction to empty out into as guests exit the Spaceship Earth building.
We see Innoventions West has been completely removed and in its place is what we believe to be the new Moana attraction.
The new floating garden area appears to sit above a glass building that guests can enter into and even beneath what appears to be a walkway. We have not received confirmation on exactly what this will be at this time.
We see many of the current elements from Future World completely removed and this floating garden and building appears to be a secondary focal point just beyond Spaceship Earth.
We see the new replacement nighttime spectacular, the permanent one, not the temporary one that will begin in just about two months, being represented heavily in the World showcase aspect of the rendering.
What we don’t see if a lot of change coming to World Showcase. If the two new elements of the park that will be revealed on Sunday are in World Showcase, Disney was sure to eliminate them in this piece that was revealed Thursday night.
That would make sense for a multitude of reasons. Disney would know that media and fans alike would be scouring the art for indications on what was to come and be announced and could easily have left those changes out to reveal an even more updated version Sunday. Another reason could be that these additional elements that have yet to be announced are not in World Showcase. It wouldn’t be the first time the rumor mill has been wrong.
In addition to the new rendering, a new white abstract model was revealed during the media preview as well.
The new model shows the changes coming to Epcot but is not anything like an accurate representation of the park geographically. In fact, it is the Epcot symbol broken down with the new elements being added for this overhaul of much of the park being represented on the petals of the symbol. An interesting way to reveal the changes but we appreciate the symbolism and also the highlights to the new changes that included some interesting Easter eggs.
The new hub design for Epcot shows what appears to be a floating garden which is amazingly appealing and intriguing to us as this is unlike anything we have ever seen anywhere in Disney and would give a new, unique element and eye-catching detail to the park and the hub area of Epcot. We talked a bit more about this in the rendering portion of this post.
There is an interesting section in the model that was released Thursday night includes Mexico which and we see the guitar from Coco leaning up against a portion of the model that is the Mayan Temple which to us signifies that Disney is indeed teasing us for a Coco transformation or addition to the Mexico pavilion.
The Moana attraction, a Bob Chapek announcement during the preview, will be the first ever Moana attraction at any Disney park will be coming to Epcot called the “Journey of Water”. This will be a walk-through attraction and we will learn more about this on Sunday as well as probably throughout the weekend.
France is represented as of course the Ratatouille attraction is currently under construction and set to open in 2020.
We also see that a new Epcot logo has been revealed. This new logo will represent the entire park and as we mentioned last night it will also be represented throughout the lands and pavilions.
New pavilion posters for attractions from the past, new attractions and attractions that are coming.
Two of the posters were covered up teasing that they would release on Sunday. We believe this will be to reveal the new Coco elements coming to the Mexico pavilion and then possibly the new Mary Poppins attraction coming to UK or perhaps even the new Brazil pavilion that is rumored and an attraction coming to that.
This weekend has already brought on a lot of exciting news in regards to Epcot and we are anticipating even more as the expo gets underway.
Stay tuned right here to For Love of the Mouse as more information is revealed.
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