The grey and white Apple Retailer aesthetic that left Epcot’s Future World feeling chilly has now been accented by pops of coloration in a extra summary futurist model. In the course of the D23 dwell stream, Zach Riddley of Walt Disney Imagineering famous that the brand new colours permit for up to date design decisions.
“For us, one of the defining features of this transformation for all of Epcot is color. Color gives us an opportunity to bring a new palette to the design that’s inspired by an entire spectrum. Each of the colors we’re using were chosen to perfectly fit within and accentuate the park’s aesthetic.”
Friends are greeted with the brand new coloration scheme earlier than they even enter the park. Earlier this summer season, the park’s main entrance ticket cubicles acquired a brand new paint job, one coloration per sales space, making a rainbow-like impact throughout the doorway plaza. Simply contained in the park, the gravestone-like “Leave a Legacy” markers have been eliminated and changed with greenery, and the cobblestone fountain in entrance of Spaceship Earth has additionally been up to date. A trio of clear acrylic pylons, practically an identical to those that the park opened with, now rises out of the brand new water function, pointing upward towards the long-lasting geodesic sphere. Building partitions surrounding the fountain ought to be eliminated by the top of this yr.
Together with the daring new coloration scheme, the practically 40-year-old park additionally received an up to date typeface and emblem. “We’re also taking this opportunity to not only use color but iconography,” defined Riddley, “bringing the unique pavilion iconography that the park opened with, but also bringing some new designs in so that we can incorporate that into the fabric of the park.” Signage with the brand new font and emblem has already begun showing across the park.
Lighting additionally performs a key position within the refreshed park. The acrylic pylons will function multi-colored lighting that may play off the improved lighting on Spaceship Earth. Whereas not confirmed by Disney, current permits and official idea artwork present the potential for LED lighting and strobe gentle results added to Spaceship Earth within the coming months. These are believed to be a part of the brand new Harmonious nighttime spectacular the park plans to debut in 2021.
Harmonious, changing the long-running Illuminations, will function 5 huge multi-story barges, the biggest of which is able to tower six tales into the air from the center of the World Showcase lagoon. That barge will sit in the course of the lagoon and be dwelling to a Stargate-looking round function that homes a water present on which pictures might be projected. 4 25-foot-tall double-sided LED partitions will sit across the central barge, and eight 50-foot-long transferring arms, one on every LED barge and 4 on the central barge, will function present gear together with lighting, lasers and fountains.
Not like the barges utilized in Illuminations, the Harmonious ones will stay within the lagoon all through the day. In the course of the day, the barges will function water fountains that may masks their true use whereas including new curiosity to the biggest water function of any Disney theme park. It’s unclear if the Friendship Boats, which presently supply cross-lagoon service for friends, will proceed to take action as soon as the barges are in place.
Future World’s expansive format, with particular person pavilions positioned in a metropolis park-like setting, is being scrapped and changed with “neighborhoods.” World Showcase will stay intact, whereas the remaining might be damaged into three new lands.
World Celebration will home the doorway plaza, Spaceship Earth, and a brand new space often called Dreamers Level, the place a statue of Walt Disney might be positioned. Notably lacking from the presentation and associated press launch is the overhaul to the Spaceship Earth attraction and the sky garden-like Pageant Heart. Whereas the main assumption is Disney has determined to cancel the large constructing, on the WDWMagic boards not less than one insider has acknowledged the field-like competition space is being designed in order that the big constructing may be constructed on the location at a later time. In addition they claimed the constructing nonetheless has a bunch inside Disney advocating for it.
Additionally lacking from each the presentation and press launch is any point out of the Creativeness pavilion, which is technically inside World Celebration. Whereas the pavilion’s two unique characters, Dreamfinder and Figment, stay common with Disney followers, the sights inside the pavilion itself typically have a number of the shortest waits inside Epcot. Rumors of an replace to the pavilion have existed for years, however there’s nonetheless no proof that Disney plans so as to add something new to this space within the foreseeable future.
Spaceship Earth is in determined want of a major refurbishment attributable to its ageing journey system. The beforehand introduced replace noticed a extra timeless storyline added to the attraction and up to date results, together with heavy use of projection mapping. It was thought Disney would use the chance offered by including a brand new journey system to additionally add these up to date scenes and results. The ageing journey system stays a problem for the park and can should be addressed ahead of later, but it surely’s unclear when Disney plans to shut the long-lasting journey for this replace, which is able to probably greater than a yr to finish. It’s additionally unclear how a lot of the beforehand introduced reimagining of the attraction might be realized.
The press launch shared alongside the D23 livestream mentions “a newly reimagined festival area that will be home to ever-changing events in a unique new environment.” Whereas some have interpreted this to be the multi-story Pageant Heart that was introduced in 2019, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Whereas not outright canceling these plans, rumors level to Disney placing them on indefinite maintain as a substitute of utilizing the house the place the constructing was to go as an open-air competition garden. The Pageant Heart was to be the house of a manufacturing studio and a rooftop backyard the place particular nighttime viewing events had been to happen. It’s unclear the place both of these things will now be positioned.
To the west of World Celebration is World Nature, dwelling to The Land and The Seas with Nemo & Pals pavilions. Whereas lacking from the dwell stream video, the press launch confirms the Moana-inspired Journey of Water attraction stays within the plans. This was one of many rumored cuts, with many anticipating the small walk-through “exploration trail” to be too little for Disney to now be prepared to put money into, it’s now clear that’s not the case.
Throughout from World Celebration is World Discovery, a brand new land devoted to science and expertise. That is the place Take a look at Monitor and Mission: Area are positioned. Area 220, the house station themed restaurant hooked up to the Mission: Area pavilion is now practically a yr behind its scheduled opening. Throughout a chat on the digital IAAPA Expo, Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro confirmed that the restaurant remains to be taking place whereas exhibiting off images from the primary eating room. These images confirmed the digital “home windows” are actually operable. It’s anticipated Area 220 will open someday inside 2021, as soon as post-COVID demand warrants opening the indoor eating room that additionally features a simulated house elevator entrance expertise.
Subsequent door to Mission: Area, the previous Wonders of Life well being pavilion is being up to date to change into the Play pavilion. Interactive reveals like these present in Innoventions might be positioned within the new pavilion together with character meet-and-greets, retail, and eating venues. The Play Pavilion was lacking from this month’s replace, however building on the pavilion is ongoing. Disney may have determined to carry off on giving extra particulars concerning this pavilion till they’ll higher perceive how the continuing pandemic’s lasting impacts will alter high-touch reveals reminiscent of those who might be discovered all through this pavilion.
In each the D23 occasion and in D’Amaro’s IAAPA tackle, there was a heavy concentrate on the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction. The indoor story coaster is now doing push/pull testing. This implies the coaster monitor is finished, although the numerous high-definition screens and results anticipated on the journey are probably nonetheless removed from being accomplished. In keeping with Brayden of the Mickey Views YouTube channel, Disney’s pictures exhibiting the development of the coaster are actually outdated by just a few months. This is able to point out the consequences deliberate for the big foremost present constructing may now be in place.
The opposite main focus of the D23 session is Ratatouille. This 3D darkish journey is a near-identical clone to the equally named attraction discovered at Walt Disney Studios Paris. The trackless darkish journey is believed to be completed, with the corporate ready till they’ll improve park capability earlier than opening it. D’Amaro confirmed it will be opening in 2021.
Throughout the channel from France within the UK. pavilion, the beforehand introduced Mary Poppins attraction wasn’t in any respect acknowledged. This small attraction has been strongly rumored to have been canceled, with Disney going as far as pulling any point out of it from beforehand launched weblog posts and press releases earlier this yr. Believed to have been a small indoor model of a teacups model journey, its price range was already being slashed even earlier than the pandemic. At this level, there isn’t a indication that Disney plans to maneuver ahead with this undertaking.
Most of Epcot’s main additions might open in time for or throughout the 50th anniversary set to start in late 2021. Nearly the entire park’s updates ought to open in time for the anticipated huge multi-resort celebration for the corporate’s 100th anniversary in late 2023. Epcot will even be probably celebrating the 40th anniversary in 2022, although it’s unclear how closely Disney plans to market this occasion because it abuts the resort’s golden anniversary and the corporate’s centurion celebration