Day 3 of the 2019 D23 Expo was highlighted by the Parks and Resorts presentation at 10:30 AM PST (1:30 PM PST). The presentation was hosted by Bob Chapek, the head of Parks and Resorts and Consumer Products.
Epcot was the primary focus of the Walt Disney World portion of the presentation, however other smaller announcements, names, concept art and opening dates/seasons were revealed for other areas of Walt Disney World. Details on those other areas can be found in our “Everything Else” article for Day 3 of the D23 Expo.
A new musical score was also composed by Pinar Toprak, a performance of which can be seen here:
As a part of these changes, Future World will no longer describe the front of the park. Instead the front of the park will be redefined by three “neighborhoods”:
- World Discovery (Former Future World East)
- World Celebration (Former center of Future World)
- World Nature (Former Future World West)
A significant portion of the presentation was providing updates on previously announced projects, but we will cover all of the relevant Walt Disney World information below in the following six articles:
- 2019 D23 Expo Day 3: Parks and Resorts Presentation – Epcot’s World Celebration
- 2019 D23 Expo Day 3: Parks and Resorts Presentation – Epcot’s World Discovery
- 2019 D23 Expo Day 3: Parks and Resorts Presentation – Epcot’s World Nature
- 2019 D23 Expo Day 3: Parks and Resorts Presentation – Epcot’s World Showcase
- 2019 D23 Expo Day 3: Parks and Resorts Presentation – Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
- 2019 D23 Expo Day 3: Parks and Resorts Presentation – Everything Else
Bob Chapek introduced Zach Riddley from Imagineering to discuss the goals of Epcot’s transformation. The project was described as the biggest transformation every done in a Disney Park and the ideals of Epcot are the power of hope, possibilities and wonder. Riddley handed the presentation back to Chapek who outlined some of the changes.
World Celebration promises to offer new experiences that connect guests to one another and the world around them.
A new piece of concept art highlights the colors reflected off Spaceship Earth and the return of the EPCOT Center entrance area fountain.
The attraction will undergo a significant refurbishment. It will still be a “voyage through time” with the focus now being on the power of storytelling and how it unites the human experience. A new narration and new musical score will be added.
Concept art was shared during the presentation showcase a magical “story light” that appeared to illuminate certain scenes and follow along with the ride vehicle during the voyage through time.
A new exit area of Spaceship Earth called Dreamers Point will be constructed. The area promises to offer views of World Showcase and will feature a new statue of Walt Disney.
A new event pavilion will become the base of operations for Epcot’s festivals. It will provide elevated views of the entire park including views of Epcot’s nighttime fireworks. The three-level structure will have a unique architectural design that features a plaza level, a middle expo level, and a park that sits in the sky on the top of the structure.
The World Celebration area will also be home to new outdoor interactive areas and entertainment.
Spaceship Earth Pavilion