Its time for some Epcot rumors and news! Every other park has had either a new land added (Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios and Pandora – The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom) or a major land expansion (the New Fanstasy Land Expansion at the Magic Kingdom.)
So let’s talk about what we know is coming to Epcot and also what Epcot rumors are floating around. And if I miss something be sure to let me know in the comments. Or just let me know what you think about everything going on.
Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster
Starting with what we know and in Future world let’s talk about the new Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster.
Disney is finally giving us a real Marvel experience in Orlando. Because of some tricky legal issues they cannot use some Marvel characters. Universal actually has the theme park rights in the Orlando area. But they can, evidently, use Star Lord and his friends.
Disney is building the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster where Ellen’s Universe of Energy was. It is billed as one of the world’s largest indoor roller coaster.
To be honest I am not a fan of Guardians. For some reason they just did not click with me. But I am a fan of coasters and though we do not know much about this one I expect it to be a great ride and will probably have a great sound track (much like Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Hollywood Studios.) After all the music was a huge part of the movie.
Space Themed Restaurant
Sticking with Future world Disney has announced a new restaurant is coming. Other than it is coming we do not know a whole lot about it.
What we do know it will be between Mission Space and Test Track and that it will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group. Expect to have screens instead of traditional windows to create the illusion you are out of this world.
There are some reports that noise from Test Track is causing concerns. Whether that is the case or not I am sure Disney will fix it.
For the latest official news from Disney click here.
Illuminations is coming to an end
Moving on to the World Showcase lets talk Illuminations.The long running night time spectacular will have its final show in summer of 2019. It will be immediately replaced by a new show.
While I will be sad to see Illuminations go I am excited to see what is coming next. Learn more about Illuminations here.
A new movie in the China Pavilion
The new movie will replace Reflections of China. Disney developed a new digital camera to create a seamless Circle-Vision show for the China Pavilion.
For the official release from Disney click here.
A Ratatouille Ride coming to the France Pavilion
Of all the things coming to Epcot this one is the second most exciting to me (the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster is first.) This new ride will be located at the back of the existing France Pavilion.
The ride is described at 4D and is based on the Ratatouille ride at Disneyland Paris. Guests, presumably, will board a mouse shaped vehicle as they try to dodge all the hazards of the kitchen. See my full article here.
Disney Skyliner Gondola project
If you have ever had to wait for a bus after a long day at the park you know that transportation can be an issue for at Walt Disney World. Disney is working to fix that problem with a new gondola system.
This new system will be called the Disney Skyliner. Gondolas will, of course, feature a Disney touch but there is some question about whether they will be air conditioned or not. I have no way of knowing for certain but I certainly do hope so! Florida gets very hot in case no one has noticed.
The Disney Skyliner will connect Epcot, Hollywood Studios, the new Riviera resort being built, Caribbean Beach, the Art of Animation and Pop Century.
For a real good look at what this system will be like read this article from the Orlando Weekly.
There are always rumors about Walt Disney World. One of the most fascinating (and most unlikely at least in the near future) is a fifth theme park. That would be an expensive undertaking. I am talking billions of dollars in investment. But don’t get me wrong I would love to see it happen!
The Epcot rumors, however, are a little more feasible so let’s take a look. Keep in mind these are just rumors! If they don’t come true don’t blame me.
Mary Poppins ride at the United Kingdom’s pavilion
Some sources say Disney is adding a Mary Poppins themed ride to the United Kingdom Pavilion. Some sources say it will be a traditional dark ride while others say it will be a flat spinner like Dumbo. Others say it was going to be a dark ride but the budget was cut so now it’s going to be a spinner. That would not be the first time Disney has scaled back plans.
The new Mary Poppins movie comes out this December. Whether Disney builds a Poppins inspired attraction may depend on how successful the movie is.
Epcot Rumors – A Brazil Pavilion
Epcot was originally designed to have a lot more pavilions in the World Showcase. Even though some of the pavilions were never built the space for them was left in the design. That means room for expansion.
Currently there are two big rumors about new pavilions. One is Brazil and the other is India.
The Brazil rumor places the new pavilion between Italy and Germany and includes some sort of attraction. No one seems to know what kind of attraction though. Some sources say there is a budget attached to the project but Disney has not confirmed anything.
If a new pavilion is coming Brazil makes sense to me. No countries from South America have a pavilion. In fact, it is the only continent that has 0 representation in the World Showcase (except for Antarctica for the obvious reason!)
Epcot Rumors – India Pavilion
The second rumored pavilion is India. No location has been given for this pavilion but it will include an attraction.
That attraction, according to rumor, will be based on the Disney’s live action adaption of the Jungle Book. It will be a dark ride and an e-ticket attraction.
Disney will use a ride system similar to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Shanghai Disney. This system is a dark ride on a boat but goes to the next level. The actual vehicle still floats like a traditional dark ride but has the ability to spin and rock. Imagine the Doom Buggys on the Haunted Mansion with the added ability to move up, down, and side to side like the vehicles on Dinosaur.
The boats will float through a mixture of animatronics and screens.
Of course that is if the rumor comes true. Please let it come true! Pirates at Shanghai looks so great I want to go to China just to ride it.
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