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Walt Disney World unveils Epcot transformation with Mary Poppins attraction

Mary Poppins Attraction at Epcot

Walt Disney World Resort has revealed more information about Epcot’s historic transformation, teasing a new Mary Poppins attraction and a Guardians of the Galaxy storytelling coaster.

The biggest transformation of any Disney theme park in history, Epcot will house new attractions and experiences at its four zones – World Showcase, World Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery.

World Showcase’s United Kingdom pavilion will boast the first attraction inspired by Mary Poppins, with guests taken down Cherry Tree Lane, past Admiral Boom’s house to Number 17, the Banks family home.

The France pavilion will feature the new ride ‘Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure’, heading to Epcot in summer 2020, as well as the new ‘Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along’, debuting in January 2020.

Epcot will feature a new Mary Poppins attraction

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There will also be new attractions in the Canada and China pavilions, with ‘Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360’ and ‘Wondrous China’.

World Celebration’s Spaceship Earth will feature new narration and a new musical score, while a new pavilion will put on live events and festivals.

The three-level structure will have a plaza level, a middle expo level, and a park in the sky on the top level.

Interacting with water at Epcot’s Moana experience

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Epcot’s entrance plaza will also be transformed, with a reimagined fountain, new pathways, and green spaces.

World Celebration will also feature a new statue of Walt Disney, as well as a wishing tree in an enchanted forest and a story fountain.

Coming to World Nature are ‘The Land and The Seas with Nemo & Friends’ pavilions, as well as ‘Journey of Water’, inspired by Moana.

Guardians of the Galaxy storytelling roller coaster

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

‘Journey of Water’ will be an exploration trail where guests can meet and play with magical, living water, and learn about the natural water cycle.

Finally, World Discovery will boast the first ‘other-world’ showcase pavilion at Epcot – ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind’.

Starting in the ‘Galaxarium’, guests will explore Xandar, a fictional planet from Marvel. That is until the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive and take guests on an adventure across the cosmos.

Enjoy an immersive dining experience at Space 220

Space 220 Restaurant at Epcot

‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind’ will also feature a storytelling roller coaster that rotates 360 degrees and features the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.

Also at World Discovery, the Mission: SPACE pavilion is expanding to include the new Space 220 restaurant.

Guests to Space 220, opening this winter, will board a special elevator to the space station for an immersive dining experience.

PLAY! pavilion with games, activities and experiences

PLAY! Pavilion at Epcot

Meanwhile, the new PLAY! pavilion, opening in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, will be a digital and interactive city with games, activities and experiences.

The PLAY! pavilion will also feature Disney characters such as The Incredibles’ Edna Mode and Huey, Dewey Louie and Webby.

Disney has also unveiled Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, an immersive two-night hotel experience at Walt Disney World Resort.

D23 Expo 2019 also revealed more about upcoming theme park projects, including the Avengers Campus, Frozen and Zootopia expansions, and a partnership with Cirque du Soleil.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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