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PHOTOS: “Future World” Name Already Being Replaced by “Neighborhoods” in EPCOT

Yesterday, we told you that the Walt Disney World website was now referring to the ‘lands’ of EPCOT by their “neighborhood” names. The site no longer uses the classic “Future World” name, and now those new names are showing up in the park itself.

Neighborhoods display boards show wait times.

Disney originally announced that the neighborhoods would officially debut with “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” on October 1, but the new names are being found throughout the park.

Neighborhoods display boards show wait times.

These digital tip boards show the neighborhood names along with wait times for attractions found in each area. The boards use the recently updated “World Bold” font that may remind the more nostalgic park guests of the early days of EPCOT.

Neighborhoods display boards show wait times.
Epcot Neighborhoods Map.

The tip boards also use the neighborhood colors, matching the trash cans in those areas as well as the original concept art.

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Braille maps have also been updated to reflect the new neighborhood naming convention. While the map is intended for use by those with visual impairments, the green-on-green color of World Nature is challenging for other guests utilizing this map.

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The new map shows the former Future World divided into three sections. They are World Discovery, World Celebration & World Nature. World Showcase will not change, retaining its current name that aligns with the ‘World’ naming convention.

How do you feel about the new neighborhoods replacing Future World? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Interesting the Imagination Pavilion is color coded to be a part of World Celebration, but is included on the wait times under World Nature.

  2. Is it just me or does there appear to be an error? On the map in the park, Imagination is in blue which puts it in the World Celebration neighborhood, but on the time board, they have it in yellow which puts it in the World Nature neighborhood.

  3. Only people new to EPCOT will call it neighborhoods. People that have been to EPCOT for decades will still call it future world. It’s the same attractions (in the same location) under a different name. Nothing really new about that. They need to get with it with the dirt pile behind Space Ship Earth and finish the coaster in Universe of Energy.

  4. So the Imagination Pavilion is considered part of World Celebration on the Braille map, but is part of World Nature in the concept art.

  5. Is the Imagination! Pavilion considered to be in World Celebration or World Nature? The tip board lists it in green for World Nature, but the map shows it in blue for World Celebration.

  6. The map doesn’t reflect the tip boards. The map shows Imagination as World Celebration and the Tip Board shows Imagination as World Nature

  7. I’m so glad they clarified what water is in the map key. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into the world showcase lagoon.

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