Epcot’s extensive transformation will feature some new names for different areas of the park. Instead of Future World and World Showcase, the park will identify itself with four distinct neighborhoods: World Showcase, World Nature, World Celebration and World Discovery.
Disney released a map to help with the name changes:
World Showcase will remain as it is today and will continue to celebrate cultures from around the world. A Mary Poppins attraction will be added to the United Kingdom, but the remainder of World Showcase will remain unchanged.
Whatever happened to the rumored Brazil pavilion? It’s possible current events and political unrest have delayed that announcement.
World Nature will include The Land and The Seas pavilions, as well as the new walk-through attraction Journey of Water, which is inspired by Moana.
The Land pavilion will also have a new film called Awesome Planet debuting soon.
The core of the park, World Celebration includes Epcot’s entrance, Spaceship Earth, Dreamers Point and the brand new festival pavilion.
Spaceship Earth will receive an extensive refurbishment that will update many of its current scenes. A new narration, score and a “story light” will tie the entire journey together.
Dreamers Point is the name of a new location that will connect the area from Spaceship Earth to the festival pavilion and World Showcase. We’ll let Disney describe this new area.
The new festival pavilion is a three-level structure that will sit near World Showcase. The building will have a plaza level, expo level and a park that sits on the top level. Get ready for some incredible views of the new nighttime spectacular.
Finally, World Discovery includes Test Track, Mission: Space and the brand new Guardians of the Galaxy coaster. It will also serve as the home of Space 220, the space-themed restaurant that will offer guests an incredible view of space while they dine.
What do you think of the new neighborhoods? Did you notice the Imagination pavilion wasn’t mentioned? We’ll have to wait and see what they have planned for Figment.