Another Epcot attraction has been closed as the Disney World park continues its major overhaul


The only constant in theme parks is change and no place has been truer recently than Walt Disney World’s Epcot. The park undergoes a major transformation in the past two yearsand although the work is far from complete, the area of ​​Epcot that had been dedicated to the transformation is now being replaced, as The Epcot Experience is now closed.

The Epcot Experience was located in the Odyssey Pavilion. It was a 360 degree video experience that walked guests through all the different changes planned for Epcot. Since several major expansions, Space 220 restaurantRemy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Harmonious Night Show are now open to guests, and another roller coaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, is in just a few months as soon as it opened, it was felt it was time to end the show. Walt Disney Imagineer Zach Ridley made the announcement on instagram and promised something new in space in the future, but without a hint of what it might be or when we might see it.

That’s not to say there isn’t more to come at Epcot that hasn’t opened yet. A Vaana-themed attraction called Journey of Water, which we know remarkably little about, is currently under construction. We are also expecting the construction of a statue of Walt Disney but we don’t know when that will happen yet.

Seeing a removal of the Epcot Experience rather than updating the movie certainly gives an indication that nothing beyond what was in the movie most recently should be added to the park in the short term. When Epcot reopened after its pandemic closure the movie had actually been updated to remove a few things that were meant to be part of the current update, including a new Mary Poppins-themed attraction in the UK pavilion and an update to Spaceship Earth.

It’s unclear whether those projects have been postponed or died, although Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently spoke about the Mary Poppins attraction and said there was hope. funding could be found to move forward in the future. If we will see the long-awaited, but even more delayed, major renovation of Spaceship Earth is still a mystery.

The Odyssey Pavilion isn’t a major attraction space, so we shouldn’t expect anything too big to replace The Epcot Experience. In the past, the space was an art gallery or simply a place to include elements of any seasonal festival currently taking place in the park, and it likely will. Maybe another kind of movie presentation could be created to go into space. It will be interesting to see the continuation for this part of the park which does not cease changing.


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