A new map has debuted for EPCOT, which is in the midst of a park-wide reimagining. In order to drive anticipation and excitement for many of the park’s upcoming additions, many of these projects are now listed on the new map. Let’s delve inside and check out all of the changes.
You’ll notice that the front of the map lacks any outward theming. That’s because we’re currently in between festival seasons at the park. Once Festival of the Holidays starts up this Friday, a new map should be coming out themed to all of the holiday booths and offerings.
For the first time in years, you’ll notice that the map of EPCOT has been flipped around to show the entrance at the bottom. The entrance then leads into Future World and Innoventions, which now shows the section of Club Cool, Fountain View, and the Innoventions West hallway fully removed (even though it’s currently being visibly demolished.) The Fountain of Nations and Pin Central are also missing from this new version of the map. While the new neighborhood concepts (World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery) have yet to be put into use, some of the upcoming new attractions are listed on the map, like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and the Play! Pavilion, plus some newly opened attractions or shows like Epcot Forever and the Epcot Experience.
Under Resort Transportation, the new Disney Skyliner is listed. Transportation is available from the International Gateway with direct service to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the upcoming Disney’s Riviera Resort. Do note that this is the station with the most reported downtime across the Disney Skyliner line when planning your day parkhopping throughout the resort.
While Anna and Elsa weren’t updated in time for the new map, the inner map folds show that FastPass+ is available for Epcot Forever. It also invites guests to check out the newly opened Walt Disney Imagineering Presents the Epcot Experience.
A full list of all the current and upcoming attractions and shows accompanies the map. We’ll go in sections highlighting each new addition.
Under Future World East, we see further confirmation of the delayed, yet long-awaited Space 220 Restaurant, which is now opening in “Early 2020.” Recent job postings list the restaurant’s official opening month at February 2020. The Epcot Experience opened back in October and has proved to be a popular spot for guests.
In Future World West, we have the new Awesome Planet film debuting with the Festival of the Arts in January 2020.
Not listed on the map, but worth mentioning anyway, is the holiday overlay at Living with the Land: Merry and Bright Nights. The attraction will be seeing extended hours through the holiday season, so make sure you check it out.
The new Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue is listed under The American Adventure. The opening date is listed as December 2019. (You can check out the full menu for the upcoming fast casual restaurant here.) The Art of Disney will also be relocating to Heritage Manor in December after the Future World location closes.
In the Japan Pavilion, the new Takumi-Tei restaurant is briefly mentioned, and under the France Pavilion, you have the new Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along listed. The Sing-Along is expected to debut alongside Awesome Planet and a number of other new films throughout EPCOT with the 2020 Festival of the Arts.
Another film mention, the new Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 will also debut at the 2020 Festival of the Arts.
What do you think of the new map and all the upcoming additions to EPCOT? We hope this serves as a handy guide to all of the changes taking over at the much-beloved, yet ever-changing park.