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D23 EXPO 2017: Big changes announced for Epcot – Ratatouille and Guardians of the Galaxy rides, Future World overhaul, much more

in Conventions, Disney, Epcot, Events, Theme Parks, Walt Disney World

At the D23 Expo 2017, Disney Parks & Resorts announced major changes coming to Epcot. As Disney prepares to celebrate the parks’ 35th anniversary, they are Imagineering its future.

“We want to keep it true to the original vision while making it more timeless and more Disney,” said Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek.


Future World will be getting a big overhaul, with new artwork shown off by Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald, who is in charge of the park-wide project.

Disney officially confirmed the Ratatouille ride from Disneyland Paris will becoming to Epcot’s France pavilion.

A Guardians of the Galaxy ride will replace Universe of Energy, which will close August 13, 2017. Epcot is becoming part of the story, as Peter Quill enjoyed visiting the park when he was a kid on Terra / Earth.

China will be getting a new seamless CircleVision film.

A new restaurant is also coming to the area next to Mission: Space.

The space-themed restaurant will make guests feel like they are dining amidst the stars.

“We know our guests love dining at Epcot – and the restaurants really are out of this world,” Tom said. “Now we’re about to create one that takes that literally.”

It will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, who also operate Tutto Italia and Via Napoli at Epcot and Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs.


  1. Nic Kramer

    Well, will the dinosaurs at least be kept? And can they please put something educational for the Guardians ride?

    1. Anonymous

      Why the hell would there be dinosaurs for a ride based on a Marvel movie. Think about your decision and then come back to make your dumb decision.

  2. Paul

    Does this mean innovations will be going?

    1. Bob

      Isn’t it already pretty much gone now?

  3. anyonumus

    hey you forgot to mention the new mission in mission space also the original orange team mission is staying but with better visuals

    1. Bob Iger

      First learn how to spell Anonymous right and then come back to make your comment that was already in another article on this website.

      1. Marcos

        doesn’t matter if it is already in another article… THIS topic is talking about the changes in Epcot, and yes, the author forgot to mention about the changes in Mission Space.

        1. AnonymousAnonymous

          Yeah but it isn’t that big of a deal and don’t you have anything better to do Marcos? Like maybe getting a life?

  4. Jon

    You need to change 35th anniversary to 50th.

    1. Chris

      Nope it’s defiantly Epcot’s 35 anniversary

  5. Jon

    omit previous comment. I just realized you were talking about EPCOT anniversary.

  6. Jacob

    I really wish that they would get Ellen and Bill Nye to film an updated version of the Universe of Energy. It’s a good attraction but just a bit dated. Both of them are still prominent celebrities. I was really hoping for an update.

    1. Anonymous

      Ellen has become a stupid day show host.
      I used to love Bill Nye the Science Guy but now he has completely disregarded science so now he is Bill Nye the SJW Guy.

      Guardians rocks, Make Epcot Great Again

  7. Jacob

    I really wish that they would get Ellen and Bill Nye to film an updated version of the Universe of Energy. It’s a good attraction but just a bit dated. Both of them are still prominent celebrities. I was really hoping for an update. :/

    1. AnonymousAnonymous

      You already said that comment and posting it twice wont make anybody care more it just gets really annoying like you.

  8. Kenneth Cox

    anyone notice it looks like there is a walkway across the lagoon to World Showcase?

    1. Anonymous

      That is awesome. No more Leave a Legacy bullcrap.
      That was basically like a graveyard for the original Epcot fans.

  9. anyonumus

    Who is this “Anonymous” person and why is he being so obnoxious?

    1. Anonymous

      You thought it was Anonymous but it was actually me, Bob Iger.

      1. Anonymous

        And i can be obnoxious if i want to.

        Make Epcot Great Again!

        1. Anonymous

          Hey and you actually figured out how to spell Anonymous right. Do you want a cookie now?

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      Make Epcot Great Again!

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