Epcot unveils new attractions for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary
Today is the day. The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is celebrating 50 years in business.
The resort opened to the public on October 1, 1971. 11 years later, they would build their second theme park – Epcot Center, modeled after Walt Disney’s vision of a prototype experimental community of tomorrow. Today it is simply called Epcot and is undergoing one of the biggest transformations in its history.
Over the past few days, I’ve been able to experience some of the latest additions to Epcot. You can watch my full report in the video above.
Space 220 is a new restaurant in the park. Guests board a virtual elevator that takes you miles into space as you board a space station. The dining room has giant windows facing the Earth. Every once in a while an astronaut floats, sometimes on a surfboard.
As for the food, I was there for lunch. I started with the Blue Moon cauliflower – it’s breaded and fried with a hot sauce and blue cheese powder.
For my main course, I opted for the Flat Iron Steak with a coffee area and asparagus on the side.
Lunch is a fixed price of $ 55 which includes an app and a main course. You can see the full menu and prices on their website here.
As for other additions to Epcot, you have the all-new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure ride. It’s a 3D family attraction that uses video screens and large props to make you look the size of a rat in a restaurant kitchen. Take a look around when you are on this ride and observe all the little details. For example, when you’re under a kitchen cart at one point, the big wheels on the side of you are moving with the video in front of you.
And in the evening, Epcot added a new firework display called Harmonious. You can’t miss the huge barges in the middle of the World Showcase Lagoon. They post videos, spray water into the water and detonate all kinds of pyro all over the place.
I got to speak with singer Danny Gokey who sang part of the show’s new soundtrack. In total, it lasts about 18 minutes and takes place every evening when the park closes.
And last but not the least! Be sure to stick around and check out the new Beacons of Magic displays that start at dusk and take place every 15 minutes on Spaceship Earth. Here is an example of what it looks like. The video doesn’t do it justice, it has to be seen in person!
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