Three new films, an interactive experience, and two new restaurants are set to debut at Epcot early in 2020.
In a Disney Parks Blog post, Disney World announced a slew of opening dates at Epcot, which is currently undergoing a major transformation project and rebranding as the park approaches its 40th birthday.
Three of the additions will open on Jan. 17:
- “Awesome Planet,” a new film coming to The Land pavilion, utilizing the space long occupied by “Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable” until that film closed in February 2018.
- “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360,” the newest film for the Canada pavilion in World Showcase. Disney said the film will feature “new scenes, a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington and new narration by award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.”
- Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, a new film with narration from Mrs. Potts herself, Angela Lansbury. The sing-along will share a theater in the France pavilion with the long-running “Impressions de France,” which is getting an upgrade to 4K projection as part of the renovation.
The two new restaurants coming to Epcot don’t have firm opening dates yet, with Disney only promising they’ll debut in winter.
One is the previously announced Space 220, which will use large screens to make guests feel like they’re dining 220 miles above the Earth’s surface. Located near the Mission: Space attraction, Space 220 was initially supposed to open before the end of 2019. According to WDW News Today and Blog Mickey, the restaurant lost its executive chef in November when he decided to take another job at Sinatra, a fine dining spot at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel.
The other new dining spot is the Regal Eagle Smokehouse. Located next to The American Adventure in the former Liberty Inn, Disney is describing this restaurant as “fast-casual” with a menu serving barbeque and craft beers.
In an unexpected addition, Disney also announced that a new mobile-based scavenger hunt is coming to Epcot: DuckTales World Showcase Adventure.
“Using the Play Disney Parks mobile app, guests take a trip around World Showcase discovering exotic destinations, exciting mysteries, and maybe even a few thieves, villains and supernatural guardians of ancient artifacts,” wrote Walt Disney World editorial content manager Jennifer Fickley-Baker.
Baker called this “the next iteration of a popular interactive scavenger hunt around World Showcase,” strongly suggesting that this experience will replace Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. Disney did not immediately to a request for confirmation or comment on when Agent P will close and the DuckTales game will debut.
WDW News Today had first reported the rumor in April that DuckTales would replace the Agent P experience.
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