Epcot to Feature Four Neighborhoods, Many Other Transformation Details Announced.

Today brought the news Disney fans have been waiting for (and/or dreading) as we learned new details about the transformation of Epcot at Walt Disney World. The Disney Parks Blog recapped the D23 Expo panel:

New Neighborhoods

  • First, it was announced that the park would now feature four neighborhoods:
    • World Showcase
    • World Nature
    • World Celebration
    • World Discovery
  • This means that the former Future World moniker is no more.

Mary Poppins

  • At long last, everyone’s favorite nanny is coming to Epcot.
  • The United Kingdom pavilion will feature a new Mary Poppins attraction that will take guests down Cherry Tree Lane to the Banks family home for a new adventure.

Spaceship Earth

  • The park’s icon, Spaceship Earth, will be part of World Celebration, and its interior will now reflecting “the universal nature of the human experience.”
  • A new guide and some updated narration will now focus on storytelling and how it brings people together.

  • Also at the park entry, a new statue of Walt Disney will reside on Dreamer’s Point.

Festival Center

  • Elsewhere in World Celebration, a new pavilion will be headquarters for Epcot’s many festivals,
  • The three-level pavilion will offer views of World Showcase and “will fast become a new icon for Epcot.”

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

  • Years after being announced as a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction and later a coaster, we finally have an official name: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
  • The ride will also include a reverse launch and will rotate to focus on the story, creating a thrilling yet family-friendly coaster.

Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana”

  • As announced earlier this week, Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana” will be coming to Epcot.
  • This “lush exploration trail” will allow guests to interact with magical, living water and learn about the importance of the natural water cycle.

PLAY! Pavilion

  • While we already knew a PLAY! Pavilion was coming, today we learned some new details.
  • The pavilion will feature games, activities, and more.
  • Among the experiences that will be featured in the pavilion are Edna Mode on a style quest and a (presumably virtual) water balloon fight with Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby.

Other Project Updates

Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience

  • Finally, starting October 1st, guests visiting Epcot will be able to learn all about these plans thanks to the Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience.
  • The preview center will be held in the Odyssey Events Pavilion.
  • There “you’ll discover engaging and interactive exhibits that showcase the relentless innovation, energy and excitement driving the park’s future throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.”



  • For future updates and these and other Walt Disney World additions, check out our Project Tracker.

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