Our Guide to Epcot For Beginners is an essential guide for first-time visitors & experienced travelers to Walt Disney World. Our Epcot Guide is full of hints & tips to plan your day. Our Guide to Epcot has been updated for Summer 2019 with all the latest information including the renovations scheduled at Epcot.
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If you are looking for specific Epcot information our handy jumps will take you straight to key information.
- Epcot The Basics including the history of the park and all the planned new attractions. Plus just why is it called Epcot?
- Planning Your Visit to Epcot All the essential knowledge including Fastpass, Extra Magic Hours & Rider Switch.
- Useful Information when visiting Epcot If you have a question about Epcot you will probably find the answer here.
- Epcot Tips to Have a Great Vacation Our very bet Epcot Tips & Tricks.
- Future World everything you need to know about the Epcot pavilions celebrating technical and scientific achievements
- World Showcase all the details on the Epcot permanent world fair
- Dining at Epcot Epcot is the
centerof Walt Disney World dining…find out why.
- Seasonal Festivals at Epcot all about the yearly Epcot Festivals
- Coming to Epcot 2019 & Beyond Everything new in 2019 at Epcot. Plus, all the planned Epcot Updates including the latest rumors.
Epcot The Basics
To all who come to this place of joy, hope and friendship, welcome.
Epcot is inspired by Walt Disney’s creative vision. Here, human achievements are celebrated through imagination, wonders of enterprise and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for all.
May EPCOT Center entertain, inform and inspire and above all, may itE. Wardon Walker, October 24, 1982
instilla new sense of belief and pride in man’s ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere.
Epcot opened on October 1st, 1982 and was the 2nd park to open at Walt Disney World. The park covers 300 acres and is more than twice the size of Magic Kingdom.
Epcot was known as EPCOT Center until 1994 but is now commonly known as just Epcot. The park is represented by Spaceship Earth, a giant sphere that also serves as an attraction of the same name.
Epcot is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement and is split into 2 sections: Future World & World Showcase. Future World features pavilions celebrating technical and scientific achievements while the World Showcase is a permanent world fair containing 11 pavilions each representing a country.
Why is it called Epcot?
Epcot is an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. It was intended to be an utopian city of the future planned by Walt Disney to be built in Florida.
Following Walt’s death, his vision for Epcot was not developed but it became the name of the 2nd theme park. A model of Walt’s original vision can be seen by riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority attraction in the Magic Kingdom.
Like all the Disney Theme Parks Epcot has many interesting facts & statistics, eg did you know that more than 30 tons of fruits and vegetables are grown at The Land Pavilion each year & are served in Walt Disney World restaurants?
We have created a selection of our favorite Epcot Facts which you can use to impress your friends.
Epcot The Future
Disney World is in the middle of a major transformation of Hollywood Studios. Recently the Animal Kingdom expanded with Pandora: World of Avatar. Prior to that was the major expansion of Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.
It has long been rumored that Epcot would be next for a major update. These plans were confirmed at D23.
Confirmed new attractions to date include a new park entrance, a Play Pavilion, a Guardians of The Galaxy Attraction, a new Ratatouille Attraction, & a brand new nighttime spectacular.
We have created a guide to what is Coming Soon in Epcot which we will keep up to date with the latest news & rumors.
Planning Your Visit to Epcot
To experience Epcot you should spend time planning your experience. While there have been some attraction closures in Epcot in recent times it remains a massive park. The majority of guests will still need 2 or even 3 days to experience the full park.
As a minimum, you should plan a day for each of Future World & World Showcase. If you have less time, you should consider carefully what are your must-do attractions.
There are key booking windows to secure dining reservations and make ride reservations at Epcot. In this section, we will guide you through all the Essential Epcot knowledge you require to enjoy your vacation.
Epcot Park Hours
Park hours usually get published about 6 months in advance. Unlike the other parks, Epcot opening time rarely alters after initial announcements. Click the link to get all the latest Walt Disney World Park Hours.
Refurbishments & Closures at Epcot
Walt Disney World is constantly changing and it almost inevitable there will be some refurbishments & closures whenever you visit. This handy guide has all the current refurbishments and closures.
Fastpass+ is Disney’s attraction reservation system & allows you to book attractions in advance of your visit. It is important you understand Fastpass+ before you visit and the key booking windows.
Before you arrive at Epcot you can book 3 Fastpass+ reservations. Epcot attractions are tiered when booking Fastpass. You can book 1 attraction from Group A ride & 2 from Group B.
In Epcot Soarin, Test Track, IllumiNations, The Character Spot & Frozen Ever After are all in group A. All other attractions are in Group B.
Once you have used your first selections you can always try for another Fastpass. However, don’t expect one to be available for the most popular attractions in Group A.
We think Epcot is one park where you need to consider your Fastpass Strategy carefully as getting it wrong will mean riding fewer attractions. We have created an Epcot Fastpass Strategy which has tips & hints to plan your day.
Struggling to get a Fastpass for all your top attractions?
Test Track has a single rider line which can cut your wait if you are happy to ride on your own. Read our Guide to the Single Rider Line to find out more.
Don’t create a strategy that includes all family members riding to realise too late not all of you can. Many of the Walt Disney World attractions do carry restrictions & are enforced rigidly. At Epcot these are:
- Mission Space Orange at least 44 inches tall to ride
- Mission Space Green at least 40 inches to ride
- Test Track at least 40 inches tall to ride
- Soarin at least 40 inches tall to ride
However, if the kids are too small to ride it does not mean adults and older siblings can’t. Rider Switch allows guests with small children to take turns riding while another adult stays with the child.
To find out more visit our Guide to Rider Switch & Height Restrictions at Walt Disney World.
Guests of Walt Disney World Resort Hotels & select non-Disney owned resorts can enjoy extra time in Epcot on select days. Extra Magic Hours occur either before parks open or after they close to regular guests.
If it sounds too good to be true, remember, there are 30000 hotel rooms in Walt Disney World, so that is a lot of people who can attend each day.
Extra Magic Hours are often the busiest park days, and we usually recommend you consider avoiding especially if you are not staying in a Disney Resort. We have created a Guide to Extra Magic Hours so you can learn more.
Epcot is one of the best parks at Walt Disney World for meeting characters. Character meals are available in the Land(Chip & Dale, Mickey) and Norway(Princesses), but there are also plenty of characters throughout the park. Make sure you have access to the My Disney Experience App to find where all the characters are.
Epcot is also used as a training ground for new actors and you will occasionally spot some of the rare characters at Epoct making unscheduled visits.
Characters that can only be met at Epcot include Mulan, Anna & Elsa. Our Guide To Finding Characters at Walt Disney World has plenty of helpful hints.
My Disney Experience is a free online guide to Walt Disney World that allows guests to plan their vacation. My Disney Experience is available through either the Walt Disney World Website or the App.
The App allows you to continue planning your day while you are in Epcot. Handy features of the My Disney Experience App includes making Fastpass Reservations, Dining Reservations, ordering quick service food, reviewing current wait times and more.
Our Guide to My Disney Experience provides more information including how to get the App.
Epcot is usually busy and occasions it is very busy! During Festivals at the weekend, it is worth noting the park cant attract large crowds of locals.
However, no matter how busy Epcot is you can still have fantastic fun & even find the odd quiet spot.
We have created a Guide to Avoiding Crowds at Walt Disney World which will help you beat the crowds at Epcot.
Useful Information when visiting Epcot
Sometimes it is difficult to find the answers to all your questions prior to your visit to Epcot. We have grouped together a collection of the most common questions for Epcot in this section of the guide.
In addition, you might find our Walt Disney World Useful Information Guide has the answer if it isn’t here.
Epcot provides extensive facilities for all forms of disabilities including visual, auditory, mobility & cognitive disabilities.
You are able to contact Walt Disney World at (407) 560-2547 or [email protected] prior to your visit to discuss your requirements. There is an official park Guide to visiting Epcot with disabilities which you can find here.
Our Guide to Walt Disney World with Disabilities has additional information, including the Disability Access Service & Scooter Hire.
Guest Relations at Epcot
Guest Relations provide help to all guests visiting Walt Disney World including reservations and general information. The following more specialist support is available:
- Accessibility information
- Ticket Questions
- Concerns & Complaints
- Foreign currency exchange
- Lost and Found
- Lost Guest retrieval
Epcot has three Guest Relations locations:
- On the left-hand side near Spaceship Earth.
- There is a window just outside of the park main entrance.
- The International Gateway entrance.
Available to Hire at Epcot
Do you need a wheelchair, stroller, locker, ECV or even an umbrella? Many articles are available to hire inside Epcot. Look at the park map, the Disney Experience App or speak to Guest Relations for further information.
Accessing the Internet at Epcot
WiFi is now available throughout Epcot. There are occasional black spots, eg in lines but coverage is almost universal.
In our opinion, h
Lost & Found at Epcot
It is easy to lose things at Epcot, but perhaps amazingly things often do get found! If you lose anything it is important to report it straight away. Information on how to report your lost items is located here.
Smoking at Epcot
Smoking including electronic cigarettes has recently been banned inside Epcot. There are small designated smoking areas outside of the park.
Charging your Mobile Phone at Epcot
Kiosks are located throughout Epcot selling FuelRod portable chargers. Currently, these kits cost $30.
Kits include adaptors for all Apple and most Android devices. Once your charger needs replacing you simply swap it at a kiosk for a new FuelRod at no cost.
Payment for Goods at Epcot
In addition to cash, Epcot is happy to accept most credit cards. Cards are accepted almost everywhere including the smallest mobile counters.
Guests with Magic Bands & staying in a Disney Resort can setup room charging for purchases inside the park.
ATMs are located at Epcot and can be located on the park map and the My Disney Experience App. Foreign currency exchange is available at Guest Relations.
Baby Care Center at Epcot
The Baby Care Center at Epcot is located in the Odyssey Center between Test Track and the Showcase Plaza.
The Baby Care Center at Epcot provides a convenient place to feed, change, and nurse little ones & is complimentary to use. The center is fully staffed, well maintained, and has a good choice of equipment.
Locker Hire at Epcot
Most guests do not need to take much into the park. If there are items you must take, but do not wish to carry lockers are available near the entrance of the park.
All lockers are subject to availability and come with the following daily charge:
- Small $10 a day (12″ x 10″ x 17″)
- Large $12 a day (15.5″ x 13″ x 17″)
- Jumbo $15 a day (17″ x 22″ x 26″)
Epcot Tips to Have a Great Vacation
Anybody who has ever visited Epcot will have a list of tips for a future visit. Here is a selection of ours which we have learned from previous visits.
- Here are our Epcot Top Tips & Tricks for 2019
- If time is tight these are attractions at Epcot we would consider skipping.
- Here is a list of mistakes we have made when visiting Epcot.
- We recently considered what We Love & what We Hate at Epcot
Future World consists currently of 7 pavilions celebrating technical and scientific achievements. Don’t think that just 7 pavilions mean you will complete in half a day. Many of the pavilions are lengthy and Future World does take a full day to explore fully. However, many guests will manage to do all their must-do attractions in less time.
Although there is still a lot to see in Future World there have been several recent closures. Attractions such as Innoventions have been cut significantly and Universe of Energy has recently closed.
The current pavilions in Future World are:
Spaceship Earth is one of the most recognizable structures in any theme park. Inside is a 15-minute ride that shows the advancement of human communication.
Spaceship Earth is a dark ride and is built on an omnimover system. There is a post-ride exhibit called Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future. It is rumored that Spaceship Earth might soon be closing for a 2-year renovation.
Guests get to design their own car and then test it on a simulated test track. This is the fastest ride in Walt Disney World reaching speeds of almost 65 miles per hour.
Test Track is great fun and one of the most popular in the park. The ride is one of the few in Disney World that has a Single Rider Line which you should consider using to save time. After the ride, there is an interactive area for guests to enjoy including making an advertisement for your new vehicle.
Test Track does close whenever there is inclement weather. In our opinion, you should try and book your Fastpass for the morning to avoid afternoon storms.
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Riding Clamobiles guests take an underwater trip in The Seas with Nemo & Friends. The ride includes views of a massive aquarium which you can explore further after the ride.
Turtle Talk with Crush is an interactive animated show where guests can ask questions to Crush from Finding Nemo. I find the animation of Turtle Talk very impressive and the entire family seem to enjoy the show.
There are now just 2 attractions in this pavilion. Soarin’ Around the World is a hand gliding motion simulator that takes guests over various regions of the world. The video for Soarin was recently updated and an extra cinema was added due to the historical lengthy waits. I think I am isolated on this but I prefer the old video.
Living with the Land is a narrated boat ride in which you will visit various greenhouses and learn about future agriculture innovations. Unfortunately, many of these future innovations in agriculture have been getting highlighted for over 20 years. Presumably, the future should be here by now or it just isn’t happening. Perhaps many of these innovations are the agriculture equivalent of the Sinclair C5? Living with the Land will not appeal to many children and is rumored for a long overdue update.
A new film called Awesome Planet has been confirmed to be opening in the pavilion in the future.
This used to consist of a huge collection of hands-on walk-through exhibits. However; the majority of attractions are now closed.
The Character SPOT, located in what was Innoventions West, remains and you can meet Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy. Guests can also meet several other characters around this area.
There are a few small exhibits remaining in Innoventions East but they are hardly worth spending time visiting.
It is rumored that Innoventions West will be getting bulldozed shortly as part of Epcot renovations.
This is a simulator ride that is meant to replicate what an astronaut might feel in space. The ride has recently been updated.
I don’t get Mission Space…It just feels a bit odd and not very enjoyable. A ride I am happy to give a miss if time is tight. I didn’t even bother riding the updated version on my last 4 visits.
A new Space Themed restaurant is getting built adjacent to the attraction. Hopefully, it will be better than the ride!
Figment the mischievous cartoon dragon stars in Journey into Imagination with Figment. This is a fun dark ride experience. However; my children have both found Figment to be a little scary when younger.
ImageWorks: The What-If Labs is an interactive area you can explore after the ride. The labs are an area most adults will happily skip but kids do enjoy. Ralph and Vanellope now meet in this area.
The Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival is held in the former Captain EO & Honey I Shrunk the Audience Theatre. While these 3D films are pretty good they can be seen elsewhere. Is this a really
Although not a pavilion we can’t forget to mention Club Cool & the legendary Beverly. Free coke products from around the world what isn’t there to like?
Give it a go! It will be an experience you will never forget.
It is rumored that Club Cool might be closing or relocating soon as part of the renovations.
World Showcase is a permanent world fair containing 11 pavilions each representing a country. The pavilions surround the World Showcase Lagoon where the nightly IllumiNations take place.
The pavilions contain architecture, attractions, shops and restaurants you would typically find in that country. Cast Members are usually citizens of the respective countries.
Theoretically, there is space for a further 9 pavilions at World Showcase. There are rumors that new pavilions might be added as part of the Epcot Renovations. The most heavily rumored new pavilion is Brazil.
Epcot’s International Gateway, between the United Kingdom & France, provides a less hectic additional entrance and exit for the park. It can be reached from the Epcot Resorts and by boat from Hollywood Studios. Once the Disney Skyliner opens guests will use this entrance to enter Epcot on arrival.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth takes place every night prior to park closure. It features fireworks, lasers and fountains over the World Showcase Lagoon. The highlight is a 28ft Video Globe of Earth that opens to spectacular pyrotechnics. This is a popular attraction and when the park is full you may need to reserve a spot early.
Illuminations will close following the Summer 2019 season. A new nighttime spectacular will take its place in 2020.
However, a new interim show will open in fall 2019 called Epcot Forever. Epcot Forever will feature classic Epcot tunes with fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and special effects kites. Opening date of October 1, has been confirmed, which is the day after the last showing of IllumiNations.
The Mexico pavilion includes the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros which is a “Small World type ride” featuring Donald Duck. There are rumors that this attraction will be updated soon with a new Coco theme.
The majority of the pavilion is located inside the impressive pyramid. The central indoor area of the pyramid is themed as an outdoor twilight-lit Mexican village and marketplace.
The Norway Pavilion is the most recent nation to be added to World Showcase in 1988. The ouside of the pavilion is a reproduction of Oslo’s Akershus Fortress.
Norway includes the new Frozen Ever After dark ride. This ride is exceptionally popular, make sure you order a Fastpass prior to arrival or expect long waits.
Norway is also the only place at Walt Disney World where you can meet Anna & Elsa.
You enter this pavilion through a large triple-arched gate. An impressive replication of the Temple of Heaven is the dominant feature.
China includes “Reflections of China” a Circle-Vision 360° movie exploring China’s history. A new film is planned for the pavilion.
The Outpost isn’t an official Epcot pavilion but has been around since 1983. The original Epcot plans highlighted a future Equatorial Africa Pavilion in this area, but it was never developed.
The Outpost contains some African themed shopping and refreshment stops.
Germany is designed to look like a German town but with architecture from various regions. When the pavilion was initially designed Unification of Germany seemed a remote possibility.
Many small shops sell traditional German goods. There is an impressive Model Village on the exit of the pavilion towards Italy.
Italy features a plaza surrounded by a collection of buildings inspired by hallmarks of Italian architecture. The centerpiece is the superb reproduction of St Mark’s Campanile which is the bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
The pavilion includes several shops which sell costly gifts including Armani products, fine crystal, wines & porcelain.
The American Adventure
The United States pavilion is actually called The American Adventure. The highlight is an audio-animatronic show detailing American history. Overall there is little to see in this pavilion but the show is rather good although rather patriotic!
Japan is made up of buildings surrounding a courtyard. The entrance to the courtyard features a 5-story Japanese Pagoda. Several Japanese gardens and pools decorate the pavilion. In many of the pools, you will find colorful Koi Fish.
It is home to a Mitsukoshi Department Store & the only one still remaining in the United States.
You can’t haggle in Morocco, or at least I don’t think you can. Otherwise, this pavilion is laid out to look like a traditional Moroccan market.
There are six shops in the pavilion, which you access through the various alleyways, selling gifts including leather, carpet & pottery.
Many of the building replicas have religious significance. For that reason, Morocco does not light up during IllumiNations. To keep balance neither does Norway.
France is themed to look like a Parisienne neighbourhood pre World War 1. A replica of the Eiffel Tower is the highlight of the pavilion. The Eiffel Tower was reconstructed at 1/10 scale of the original and stretches 103 feet into the air. Imagineers used forced perspective to make it look bigger than it actually is.
A panoramic film titled Impressions de France can be viewed in the pavilion. There are plenty of shopping and dining opportunities in this pavilion.
The United Kingdom is designed to look like a traditional English village, which probably never really ever existed. There are some interesting gardens and several shops in the pavilion. In addition, there is usually some live bands entertaining guests. However, there is little to do in this pavilion apart from
The Canada pavilion is designed to remind guests of the Canadian outdoors. The landscaping is outstanding and includes a canyon, a waterfall, gardens and totem poles.
O’Canada is a 360-degree film which features Canadian landmarks. A new film is due to open soon.
Dining & Drinking at Epcot
If you are a foodie then Epcot is probably the park for you!
Epcot has the widest selection of dining options at Walt Disney World. From snack carts to signature dining, there is a unique dining experience that will suit any budget
There are multiple Quick Service Locations & Food Carts throughout Epcot. Those located in World Showcase serve traditional food from the country you are at. During the various Epcot Festivals, there are additional counters serving various speciality treats.
Unlike the Magic Kingdom where alcohol is still limited, Epcot has many locations serving specialty drinks. Drinking around the World is a popular way many adults seem to enjoy World Showcase.
The following are the current table service restaurants in Epcot:
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Norway Dining with various Princesses read our review
- Biergarten Restaurant German buffet and dinner show.
- Chefs de France Good quality French cuisine read our review
- Coral Reef Restaurant Located at the Seas in Future World. Guests dine whilst watching a large aquarium.
- La Hacienda de San Angel Mexican
- Le Cellier Steakhouse Canadian Signature Steakhouse.
- Monsieur Paul Upmarket French Dining
- Nine Dragons Restaurant Chinese food.
- Restaurant Marrakesh Moroccan
- Rose & Crown Dining Room British with a very odd sounding menu. read our review.
- San Angel Inn Restaurante Mexican
- Spice Road Table Mediterranean
- Teppan Edo Japanese Hibachi watch chefs perform tricks as they prepare your food. Read our review.
- The Garden Grill All you can eat with Chip & Dale in the Land pavilion. Read our Guide to Walt Disney World Character Meals.
- Tokyo Dining Sushi
- Tutto Italia Ristorante Italian serving pasta & meat. I really liked Tutto Italia, but Mrs. Modernlifeisgood did not!
- Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria Italian Pizza
A new signature restaurant is due to open in Japan during the summer called Takumi-Tei. Wagyu beef will be the highlight of Takumi-Tei menu.
In addition, a
Epcot’s restaurants do fill up and standby lines, if they exist, can be long. Obtaining an Advanced Dining Reservation is highly recommended. The Disney Dining Plan is widely accepted in Epcot and all venues cater for food allergies.
Our Guide to Dining at Walt Disney World has further information.
Seasonal Festivals at Epcot
Perhaps, one of the very best things about visiting Epcot is the annual festivals. No visit to Epcot is the same and throughout the year the park develops a temporary new look for the annual festivals.
There are currently 4 annual festivals and each offer unique entertainment, food & drink.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is an annual celebration of food and drinks from around the world. In 2019 the festival will be held between August 29 – November 23.
The Food & Wine Festival is one of the annual highlights at Walt Disney World and draws increasingly big crowds, especially at the weekend.
Located throughout the World Showcase there are over 30 Global Marketplaces serving specialty Drink and Food. Guests with the Disney Dining Plan can taste many of the dishes by using snack credits.
There are also appearances by celebrity chefs, seminars & culinary demonstrations. Some of these experiences carry an additional fee.
Eat to the Beat is a series of free concerts held nightly throughout the Food & Wine Festival. Acts announced for 2019 include Billy Ocean, Sheena Easton, and Starship.
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
The final celebration of the Epcot year features the holiday traditions of the 11 World Showcase nations. Live musical productions plus seasonal food & drink make this a not to miss event. The 2019 festival will be held between November 29 – December 30.
Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of Christmas in the Candlelight Processional. The narrator is accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and massed choir.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts starts the Epcot year celebrating food, art & entertainment. The festival is the newest of the Epcot Festivals, and 2020 will be its 4th year. The festival will return in 2020, but dates have not yet been confirmed. In 2019 it was held between –
Festival highlights in 2020 are likely to include:
- Food studios celebrating the culinary arts.
- The popular Disney on Broadway Concert Series.
- International musical and variety acts.
- Performing artists including acrobats.
- Workshops led by professionals will teach different artistic techniques.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Held annually between March & May is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Dates have not been confirmed for 2020 at the time of writing but highlights are likely to include:
- Outdoor kitchens encircling World Showcase offering exciting food choices plus accompanying drinks.
- The popular Garden Rocks Concert Series
- Themed gardens and wildlife habitats including a butterfly house.
- Disney themed topiaries throughout the park. Annual highlights include Belle in France along with Beast, Snow White in Germany with the Seven Dwarfs, and Anna and Elsa in Norway.
You can read more about the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in our review.
Coming to Epcot in 2019 & Beyond
Epcot is currently undergoing some massive changes. The plans were first announced in 2017 at D23. While we have received some confirmations there are rumors of further developments. Rumors include new pavilions in World Showcase, a Mary Poppins ride in the United Kingdom and a Coco attraction in Mexico.
Confirmed attractions to date include:-
- A Guardians of The Galaxy Attraction
- A new Ratatouille Attraction
- A new show to replace IllumiNations.
- A new Play Pavilion
- A new park entrance.
- We have been tracking all the changes as they are announced in our monthly Walt Disney World News & Rumours posts. We also have a dedicated page tracking all the latest Epcot Announcements & Rumors.
New at Epcot in 2019
2019 at Epcot is fairly quiet before the massive new attractions opening in the following years. The following new attractions have been announced for 2019:
- Epcot Forever. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is due to close after the 2019 summer season. A new night spectacular is due to launch in 2020. Surprisingly Disney has announced that there will be a new interim show called Epcot Forever until the BIG NEW SHOW opens. Epcot Forever will feature classic Epcot tunes with fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and special effects kites. Epcot Forever opens October 1.
- Beauty & the Beast Sing-Along This new show was scheduled to open in Spring but an official opening date has not yet been confirmed.
- New films in Canada, China & the Land Pavilion are also possible this year. Although these films are confirmed the opening date has not been.
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! will be returning for the summer season.
- A new signature restaurant is due to open in Japan during the summer called Takumi-Tei.
space-themedrestaurant is under construction and will open near Mission Space in the latter part of 2019.
Our Guide to Epcot for Beginners forms part of our Guide to Walt Disney World for Beginners. The guide is a great starting place to plan any Walt Disney World Vacation. The information will be useful for both first-time and repeat visitors to Walt Disney World.
In additions, we have created a selection of Walt Disney World Planning Tips which will help with your vacation planning.