After 42 Years, Disney World Announces Rebranding of “EPCOT”

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Spaceship Earth at EPCOT inside Walt Disney World Resort

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Walt Disney World Resort is making major updates with its $60 billion investment, including significant changes to EPCOT.

EPCOT stands as a testament to Walt Disney’s visionary ambition. Opened in 1982, EPCOT was conceived as a bold experiment in community planning and technological innovation. Originally envisioned by Walt Disney as a real-life city of the future, EPCOT aimed to showcase cutting-edge technologies, foster international cooperation, and celebrate the diversity of human achievement.

An aerial view of EPCOT inside of Walt Disney World Resort, showing the many forms of the Disney transportation system, like the Skyliner.
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However, there have been significant changes to the Disney park, particularly in the last decade.

Though it used to be broken up into World Showcase and Future World, it is now divided into four distinct sections—World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature, and World Showcase—EPCOT offers a tapestry of cultural immersion, technological innovation, and imaginative storytelling.

A Journey through EPCOT

EPCOT’s World Discovery is a realm where the wonders of the future collide with the marvels of the present. Here, attractions like Mission: SPACE, Test Track, and the recently unveiled Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind promise thrilling adventures through space and beyond.

Meanwhile, in World Nature, guests can embark on tranquil voyages through The Seas with Nemo & Friends and Living with the Land, or take flight over breathtaking landscapes in Soarin’ Around the World at EPCOT.

Walt Disney Statue in World Celebration at EPCOT
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The heart of EPCOT beats within World Showcase, a captivating mosaic of cultural pavilions representing countries from around the globe.

From the vibrant streets of Mexico to the majestic fjords of Norway, each pavilion invites guests to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, and flavors of distant lands. And at the center of it all lies World Celebration, where the iconic Spaceship Earth presides over a landscape of innovation and imagination.

Unveiling New Experiences at EPCOT

EPCOT’s journey into the future is marked by a series of exciting developments and immersive experiences. Among the latest additions is Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, a captivating exploration of the world’s most precious resource. Set within the natural splendor of World Nature, this interactive trail invites Disney World guests to embark on a journey of discovery inspired by the heroic voyage of Moana.

Another notable addition is Dreamers Point, an enchanting vista located behind Spaceship Earth in World Celebration. Designed as a tribute to the visionary legacy of Walt Disney, this scenic overlook offers panoramic views of World Showcase and beyond. While its exact offerings remain shrouded in mystery, speculation abounds regarding the potential wonders that await guests in this magical realm.

Te Fiti at EPCOT's Journey of Water Inspired by 'Moana'
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Rumors and Speculation at EPCOT

As EPCOT continues to evolve, rumors swirl regarding potential expansions and enhancements to the park’s iconic World Showcase. Speculation has run rampant about the possibility of a 12th pavilion joining the ranks of existing cultural attractions. From the colorful streets of Colombia to the mythical landscapes of Greece, fans eagerly anticipate the next chapter in EPCOT’s global odyssey.

Furthermore, whispers of refurbishments and reimaginings hint at the park’s ever-changing landscape. Could a Coco (2017)-themed ride be on the horizon for Mexico’s pavilion, or might a new vision emerge for Canada’s majestic wilderness? While Disney remains tight-lipped about its plans, the prospect of fresh adventures and experiences ignites the imagination of park-goers around the world.

An image of the family from 'Coco'
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With each new attraction and expansion, EPCOT continues to redefine the boundaries of immersive entertainment and cultural exploration. From the pulse-pounding thrills of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind to the serene beauty of Journey of Water, the park offers something for every adventurer and dreamer.

As the sun sets on one chapter of EPCOT’s storied history, another dawn’s on the horizon, promising even greater wonders and adventures yet to come. For now, we can only marvel at the spectacle unfolding before us and eagerly await the next chapter in EPCOT’s extraordinary journey.

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