AT D23 EXPO 2017, DISNEY PARKS CHAIRMAN BOB CHAPEK ANNOUNCES A NEW RESTAURANT COMING TO EPCOT -- Adjacent to Mission: SPACE will be a new restaurant that will invite guests to travel high above the earth for an unforgettable dining experience.
Guests will enter the venue through the far right side of the Mission: SPACE facade (where paper FastPass distribution was located many years ago), very similar to how guests get to The Coral Reef Restaurant at The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Once in the departure lobby, guests can check-in and then board one of two transportation chambers that will take them into “space”. Yes, these will be very similar to the Hydrolators that once stood at The Living Seas, giving guests the illusion of lengthy travel while not really moving much at all. This will be accomplished via projections outside of the chamber.
Once “in space,” guests are walked down a hallway, through the “Space Cellar” (which we assume to be full of wines the restaurant will offer), and out into the two-level dining area. The dining space is tiered just like the Coral Reef, but in this case looks out into a large projection of faux-space rather than an aquarium.
The restaurant will be quite sizable, totaling over 400 seats. The bar, however, is on the small side, seating just 12 guests at the back of the upper level. The above concept art doesn’t quite match this new information, but remember it is just concept art and not a true representation of the final product.
Disney has yet to provide an opening date for the Space Restaurant, nor an official name (hopefully it is not just The Space Restaurant), but it will open before 2021 which is the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.