First introduced in 1982, Disney’s (SAY) – Get The Walt Disney Company Report Epcot has never been about crazy roller coaster rides. You go to the Magic Kingdom for that (well, for more of that, because real thrill seekers probably go to Comcast (CMCSA) – Get the Class A report from Comcast Corporation Universal Studios or Seaworld/Busch Gardens (SEAS) – Get the report from SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc...
Instead, Epcot has always had a more educational flair.
Once short for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (but not anymore), the park was designed by Walt Disney as a large-scale world’s fair (and a real community).
The park has long been dedicated to showing the wonders of science today, while giving us a glimpse of what the future holds, through attractions such as the Energy Universe, the Simulator Soarin’ flight simulator and the Mission: Space centrifugal motion simulator.
While it may not be an overt marketing ploy, part of Epcot’s appeal to parents is that if they spend an entire vacation around Disney, they can spend a day to make sure their children learn something.
Epcot closed during the pandemic, along with the rest of the Disney world. But now the theme park is back and recently shared an image of what the future of this most futuristic attraction could look like.
So what does Epcot have in store?
Disney has revealed concept art that gives an indication of what’s to come at Epcot, as reported by Theme Park Insider.
The art shows a greater emphasis on gardens and greenery, much of which belongs to the “Moana-Inspired Water Journey” attraction, which will allow guests to interact with what we call “living water”.
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Additionally, the space formerly occupied by CommuniCore West will be renovated with a CommuniCore Plaza outdoor stage, which will feature live entertainment and interactive lights at night, and the multi-purpose CommuniCore Hall, which will host Mickey Mouse. as well as demonstration kitchens and other functions that are currently spread across the park.
Disney first floated the idea of a multi-story D23 Expo event space in 2019.
According to Theme Park Insider’s interview with Zach Riddley of Walt Disney Imagineering, the idea behind the redesign was to honor Epcot’s heritage while making it a “must-see” place for visitors.
“We talk about possibility as the theme of this park,” notes Ridley, calling “The Journey” an interactive outdoor exploration trail. “The goal is to learn more about the water cycle and our relationship with water, as well as the importance of preserving water as a resource.”
Epcot is getting a Marvel-inspired roller coaster this month
It’s currently unknown when “Moana-Inspired Water Journey” and other features will be ready, though Theme Park Insider reports that construction is currently underway.
But coming later this month, May 27, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.”
Inspired by the popular Marvel movie, the Cosmic Rewind is a family-friendly roller coaster in the Galaxarium, a planetarium-like exhibit that explores the formation of Earth’s galaxy and its similarities to the Guardian’s planet Xandar. (We never said there was Nope roller coaster at Epcot.)
The attraction is set to be one of the longest fully enclosed roller coasters in the world, and each vehicle will spin 360 degrees and feature the first reverse launch on a Disney roller coaster. Hey, who said science wasn’t fun?