Guardians of the Galaxy

Abandoned Epcot Pavilions No More!

The defunct Wonders of Life Pavilion getting a new purpose

The defunct Wonders of Life Pavilion getting a new purpose

Disney announced plans to revitalize the defunct Wonders of Life pavilion which has sat abandoned since 2007. The new pavilion will feature interactive experiences, Disney characters, and entertainment under the theme of a futuristic city. The opening date will be prior to Epcot’s 50th anniversary.

The former Odyssey pavilion will soon be transformed into a preview hub called, “Experience Center” where models of Epcot’s transformation project can be viewed through interactive exhibits.

Conceptual plans for a new Epcot entrance.

Conceptual plans for a new Epcot entrance.

Disney is also changing the way you enter Epcot with new pathways, new gardens, and a new fountain that looks more like the original fountain from the 1980s with a crystal sculpture in the center. In fact, the inspiration for the new entrance pays homage to the original design of Epcot’s entrance in general. The Leave A Legacy monuments will be moved outside the park’s entrance. I always thought it looked like a cemetery so I’m very excited about that.

Other projects coming to Epcot:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster in Future World

  • Epcot Forever, a 2019 limited-time nighttime experience over World Showcase Lagoon set to classic Epcot tunes, followed by an all-new nighttime spectactular debuting in 2020

  • Space-themed table-service restaurant adjacent to Mission: SPACE

  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure attraction in the France pavilion, patterned after the number-one family attraction at Disneyland Paris

  • New China pavilion Circle-Vision 360 film

  • New Cananda pavilion Circle-Vision 360 film

  • A new Signature Dining experience coming to the Japan pavilion

  • "Beauty and the Beast" sing-along in the France pavilion



By Darren Wittko, specializing in Walt Disney World travel

Epcot Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster Update

Details on the innovative new ride system planned for a “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired attraction to life at Epcot.

Details on the innovative new ride system planned for a “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired attraction to life at Epcot.

Details emerge on the new coaster coming to Epcot:

  • The ride system and ride vehicles will be unlike anything Disney has created before.

  • This Guardians of the Galaxy ride will be rich in storytelling. Guests will be fully immersed throughout the experience.

  • Each ride vehicle will be programmed to direct your eye to the story happening around you.

  • The attraction will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters ever built.

  • The coaster will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

By Darren Wittko

DISNEY: EPCOT'S ILLUMINATIONS COMING TO AN END

Illuminations Reflections of Earth will end in 2019.

Illuminations Reflections of Earth will end in 2019.

The fireworks and laser show that has entertained guests at Epcot for decades is coming to end sometime in the second half of 2019, according to Walt Disney World Resort. Details are limited on the replacement but some rumors suggest that it will involve drones while others suggest it will utilize technology similar to that of World of Color at Disney’s California Adventure.

The closing of Illuminations Reflections of Earth has been anticipated as work could be seen going on in the lagoon area where the show takes place.

"... We’ve got big plans for our multi-year transformation of Epcot, with new experiences that will ‘Wow!’ guests while keeping true to the original vision of the park,” the Disney said.

Epcot is getting even more attractions including a Ratatouille ride in the France Pavilion, opening in 2021. Construction of a Guardians of the Galaxy themed roller coaster is underway near the former Universe of Energy Pavilion and that too is scheduled to open in 2021. Plus, Disney is building the Skyliner, a new gondola transportation system that will bring guests from several resort hotels to Epcot and Hollywoods Studios.

What are your thoughts on the closing of Illuminations? Sad to see it go or looking forward to something new?

Darren W. specializes in Walt Disney World Resort travel.

Details Emerge on New Walt Disney World Attractions

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Guardians of the Galaxy  coaster coming to Epcot in 2021.

Guardians of the Galaxy coaster coming to Epcot in 2021.

New details have been released about the “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired coaster coming to Epcot in 2021. This one-of-a-kind family coaster will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters inside of the former Universe of Energy show building. The Guardians of the Galaxy coaster will feature a unique story currently being created by Walt Disney Imagineering and include a new innovative ride system.

The attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.


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Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to  Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

During D23 Expo Japan, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, shared details on a new attraction coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a catchy theme song created especially for the attraction as well as a new experience that defies logic that we’re calling 2 ½-D. No glasses required. 

On the attraction, the fun begins when Guests see the premiere of a new cartoon short with Mickey and Minnie getting ready for a picnic. As they head out, they drive alongside a train and find out that the engineer is Goofy. Then, one magical moment lets you step into the movie and on Goofy’s train for a wacky, wild ride. 

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will put you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where you're the star and anything can happen. 

 

Darren specializes in Disney Destinations

EPCOT: Guardians of the Galaxy to Replace Universe of Energy

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Epcot’s newest E-ticket attraction will be based on the world of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and is the next step in how guests can encounter these characters at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney says this attraction adheres to the original vision of Epcot’s Future World as the place to experience the excitement and adventure offered by space travel. What do you think?

This new attraction will replace the current Universe of Energy attraction, which will close August 13, 2017). The new ride is expected to be ready in time for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in 20121.

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