Update on EPCOT’s Transformation at Today’s Virtual D23 Fantastic Worlds Event


At today’s virtual D23 Fantastic Worlds Event, Disney provided an update on several projects at EPCOT.

Speakers included:

  • Zach Riddley – The Walt Disney Imagineering Portfolio Executive of EPCOT
  • Melissa Valiquette – Vice president of EPCOT
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Design Team – Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald and, from Pixar Animation, Roger Gould and Harley Jessup

With many projects affected by the COVID-19 closure, the presentation was used to provide a status update on projects still taking place.

  • As previously announced at the 2019 D23 Expo, Future World will be split into three neighborhoods: World Discovery, World Celebration, World Nature.
  • The return of the classic EPCOT Center fountain and it’s pylons should be complete by the end of the year.
  • The entrance fountain and Spaceship Earth will receive new lighting packages.
  • Push/Pull testing has begun at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  • The fountains for Harmonious will be on World Showcase Lagoon during the day as part of a daytime feature on the lagoon. Disney is also referring to the show now as Harmonious as opposed to HarmonioUS as it was originally announced.
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is set to debut in 2021.
  • Space 220 is set to open soon.
  • Journey of Water is still in development.
Artist concept rendering: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be the first “other-world” showcase pavilion at EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The adventure starts in the Galaxarium, a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the formation of Earth’s galaxy and Xandar. Guests will be invited to learn more about the treasures Xandar has to share – until the moment when the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and adventures across the cosmos ensue. The attraction will feature a new innovation from Walt Disney Imagineering – a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus guests on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster. (Disney)
Disney Imagineers inspect some of the show scenery for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, the new attraction in development inside EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The out-of-this-world coaster experience will take guests on a thrilling adventure across the cosmos with the Guardians of the Galaxy. (David Roark, photographer)
This artist concept rendering shows how the floating platforms for “Harmonious” will feature daytime fountains, providing new energy to World Showcase Lagoon before evening falls and the forthcoming nighttime spectacular begins at EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney)
Three majestic new pylons were installed in the main entrance plaza of EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Aug. 11, 2020, as part of the park’s ongoing, multiyear transformation. (David Roark, photographer)

The full presentation can be found below: