Disney innovates at Epcot with interactive Play Pavilion and new entrance

Disney has released details of a re-imagined entrance to Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World Resort, and plans for a Play Pavilion filled with interactivity and innovation.

George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort, says, “Epcot has always been, and always will be, an optimistic celebration of the real world that is brought to life through the magic of Disney. The exciting plans we have on the horizon will honor Epcot’s rich legacy of creativity and innovation while continuing to exceed the expectations of our guests for decades to come.

“Epcot is beloved for its focus on imagination, innovation, fun, food and family. It’s a timeless place where the real is made fantastic through the magic of Disney. It has a very bright future ahead and the best part is that we’ve only just begun to dream.”

The plans for Epcot will be on display later this year in a new Experience Center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion.

A new entrance for Epcot

Epcot’s new entrance plaza will include green spaces and fountain. The design will draw inspiration from the original park entrance

In a statement, other “significant redevelopment” is teased for the area between Spaceship Earth and World Showcase Promenade.

Play Pavilion at Epcot

New Disney Play Pavilion at Epcot

The play new pavilion, within the Festival Center dome, promises “first-of-their-kind experiences devoted to playful fun” with interactivity and innovation. Favourite Disney characters will be on hand in an “energetic metropolis”.

The attraction is still waiting for a name but will open in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary.

Zach Riddley, portfolio executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, says, “This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we’ve ever created and is completely unique to Epcot. Built on the power of play, it introduces an immersive and interactive ‘city’ where you can explore, create and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is an experience worthy of our bold vision for Epcot – and another signature element of our transformation.”

Festivals at Epcot

Epcot has enjoyed success with popular seasonal festivals staged along the promenade by the World Showcase lagoon.

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