Hidden in plain sight! Could Walt Disney World be hiding references at what’s to come within the Epcot Experience? After taking a careful look at the new show in the Odyssey Pavilion we’ve got a couple of ideas around what’s on the horizon for Epcot. Let’s take a careful look at the Epcot Experience and see if we can read between lines!
On the edge of Future World and the World Showcase is a building situated between Test Track and Mexico known as the Odyssey Pavilion. On October 1, 2019, the pavilion reopened with the Epcot Experience, which expands on the D23 announcements from August.
The centerpiece is a movie in the round presentation of the future enhancements to the park. In the center of the room is an abstract model of Epcot.
Passholder Insights: Once complete the Odyssey Pavilion will be part of the World Celebration neighborhood.
Coco Coming Home?
Coco could have a larger presence in the Mexico Pavilion. The addition of Disney Intellectual Properties (IP) to the World Showcase is definitely growing. With Frozen Ever After in Norway, and Ratatouille and Beauty and the Beast coming to the France Pavilion and Mary Poppins announced at D23 for the UK Pavilion, it would make sense for to see Coco in the Mexico Pavilion.
At Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, Coco was added to the Mariachi Cobre performances and remained through October 2019. The addition was wildly successful. So much so, Disney World brought back Coco for the Day of the Dead celebration. In the Epcot Experience, Coco has a strong presence, as his guitar is resting against the Mayan Temple. We believe Coco will become a permit fixture in the pavilion as part of the Mariachi Cobre or another show, with a potential of a standalone attraction. There is one requirement for the attraction and that is the addition of a Brazil Pavilion. If a Brazil Pavilion is added then the Three Caballeros could move to the new pavilion making way for a Coco attraction.
Passholder Insights: Our favorite place to order up a margarita at Epcot is inside the Mayan Temple at La Cava del Tequila.
Let’s Go Fly A Kite
Don’t mind if we do, Mary! In what was a show stopper at the D23 event, Dick Van Dyke came on stage to announce the addition of a Mary Poppins attraction to the United Kingdom Pavilion. At the event there was no elaboration beyond the recreation of Cherry Tree Lane.
Fast-forward to the Epcot Experience. All of the segments highlighting what’s to come were very forthcoming around what we should expect. Whether it be an attraction or show or a walkthrough, all except for Mary Poppins called out what the experience would be.
Confirming what we mentioned in our World Showcase article, the Mary Poppins attraction has not been defined. Disney Imagineering is still very fluid on what the experience could be, with the DVC Duo’s assumption being it’s due to budget. According to Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media, the Mary Poppins announcement was a last-minute addition when the Brazil Pavilion announcement got delayed. We’re assuming we will get more details around the Mary Poppins attraction after the opening of the Rise of the Resistance in December. Disney is waiting to see what the return will be from Galaxy’s Edge before setting the budget.
Passholder Insights: For Mary Poppins related merchandise head into the UK Pavilion tea shop. The merchandise is towards the back.
Isn’t that what we’re doing? Well, yes. When we’re saying project, we’re referring to the projection technology Disney is using at Epcot Experience. The biggest hint at the show is right in front of us. We believe the advanced projecting technology Disney is using to transform the white Epcot model to the different show scenes is the same technology for HarmonoiUS.
That’s right, one of the big aspects of the nighttime spectacular is projection technology. We’re guessing Disney Imagineering could look to use the same projection technology in the Epcot Experience to project on Spaceship Earth, but more impressively the World Showcase countries.
While watching the HarmonioUS segment of the show, take a deep look at the countries. It could just be the concept art, but it shows each of the countries being light up more than ever before. This is our best guess and purely an assumption.
Disney World likes to test as much as possible prior to bringing it life. The Epcot Experience is definitely outlining what’s to come, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Disney is testing a few of these ideas at the same time. It may be a while before we get more details around these assumptions. For now, we can use our “Imagination”. Imagination? That’s an article for another day!