New areas and new logos for Epcot will be unveiled at the D23 Expo being held in Anaheim this summer, Disney announced Wednesday.
The last edition of the biennial event confirmed multiple additions to Epcot that have since begun construction, including a “Guardians of the Galaxy” roller coaster and a clone of Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille attraction.
More changes have been announced in the 21 months since then, like an overhaul of Epcot’s entrance plaza beginning with the removal of the “Leave a Legacy” monoliths to make room for new green spaces and a reimagined fountain in front of Spaceship Earth.
“At the Expo, we’ll share more about what’s coming to the core of the park on the opposite side of Spaceship Earth,” Disney Parks editorial content director Thomas Smith wrote in a blog post. “New areas will be flanking the iconic attraction, and we can’t wait to share the details with you.”
Smith also wrote that new icons for the park’s Future World pavilions will be revealed at the expo. The look of the icons that debuted with the park in 1982 — including now-shuttered pavilions like Universe of Energy, Horizons and World of Motion — will be reflected in the icons for new experiences like the interactive “play pavilion” being built inside the old Wonders of Life building.
Those were the only concrete details about what’s to come at the Expo. Smith’s post did add that in more general terms that fans can expect “more about what makes Epcot, Epcot.”
“As we charge ahead with the park’s evolution, the architects of Epcot’s future are working to preserve all the elements that make this park so special while also evolving it to be more Disney, more family, more relevant and more timeless,” Smith wrote. “At the Expo, you’ll hear more about experiences that are uniquely Epcot – for example, the updated films coming to Future World and World Showcase, as well as new dining experiences being added to the menu of ‘the foodie park.’”
The announcements will likely shed more light on what Walt Disney World’s second park will look like once its current transition phase is over. With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge set to open late in August at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot will be the park with the most active construction ahead of the resort’s 50th anniversary year in 2021.
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