Disney reveals details on new Epcot entrance, interactive play pavilion

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Epcot changes with new entrance

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Walt Disney World’s Epcot has been undergoing a multi-year transformation, and today Disney shared details on exciting new plans for the park that include changes to the main entrance and a first-of-its-kind play pavilion.

At Epcot’s main entrance, guests will be welcomed with “new pathways, sweeping green spaces, and a newly reimagined fountain.” According to Disney, this new entrance design will pay homage to the original park entrance with a fresh take on classic elements.

Epcot play pavilion
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The Leave A Legacy photos, which gave guests the chance to commemorate their Epcot visit at the turn of the last century, will be moved to a new setting just outside the park’s gateway. In addition, “significant redevelopment” will take place between Spaceship Earth and the World Showcase Promenade. Disney says more details about this transformation will be revealed at a later date.

The pavilion previously known as Wonders of Life, which closed in 2007, is getting new life as a brand-new play pavilion. Described as an “innovative city,” the pavilion 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!” says Disney.

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“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.”

And that’s not all! If you’re interested in learning more about the future of Epcot, you’ll soon be able to visit a new Experience Center at the park later this year. The Experience Center will be located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion and feature “interactive exhibits to help visualize park projects throughout this unprecedented period of transformation,” says Disney.

What do you think of Epcot’s new entrance and play pavilion? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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    Barbara DeVita

    And how much will this cost guests at the gate ? I won’t even go to WDW anymore to support someone’s $65 million dollar a year salary. That’s OBSCENE !!!!! And cast members ( who make the wheels turn) had to BEG to get more than $10 an hour. ! Walt would NOT be happy with the “greed machine” his dream has become ???

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    frostysnowman

    Very happy to read about the re-do of the main entrance. Those Leave A Legacy photos are an eye sore and really take away from the over-all look of that area. Also excited to read about the transformation of Wonders of Life into a new pavillion! Disney needs more things to do at Epcot to help absorb some of the crowds.

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    Jeannell Maxey Williams

    Actually Walt’s workers went on a strike due to not being treated fairly. Those workers are part of a union jthey can’t just get a raise it must be negotiated. And all ceos make that much that’s normal. Also tickets cost more cause the parks are crowded. Sadly raising prices is the only way to thin crowds.

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    Mary Dougher

    Walt Disney World is gone. The MAGIC is just NOT there anymore. HOTEL ROOMS ARE BORING ,UGLY, AND JUST PLAIN BLAH.{They have a distinct LOW INCOME HOUSING LOOK.}. The place was soooo disappointing on my last visit, to what once was my favorite place to vacation. All the SPECIAL EFFECTS DISAPPEARED FROM THE PARKS. Even the fireworks display around the countries was different…like something was missing. I miss Disney as I knew it prior to my December 2018 vacation.???

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