If you’re like us, the pandemic threw a bit of a wrench into any travel plans you had for the past while.
We’ve gotten used to traveling around the world and especially to Walt Disney World safely from our very own sofa, using YouTube and Disney+ to get our fill of the parks and locations beyond Orlando.
But we’re finally planning an actual WDW vacation. In the flesh. Seems almost too good to be true!
In our absence, of course, Disney has not stopped improving and reinventing the parks, and EPCOT especially will look a little different by the time we arrive. Here are a few things we can’t wait to experience for the first time at Disney’s EPCOT this year!
Space 220 Restaurant
Perhaps the offering we’re most excited about in Disney’s EPCOT Park is the new table service restaurant Space 220. Located in World Discovery, adjacent to Mission: SPACE, Space 220 is a one-of-a-kind dining experience that takes diners to the stars.
There’s a space elevator that allows Guests to leave Earth (you can watch out the “window” as the planet recedes below you) and ascend 220 miles to a space station. From there, spectacular space views await as you dine on a prix-fixe lunch or dinner starring contemporary American dishes.
From what we can see, the only drawback to Space 220 (besides its immense popularity, and the associated challenge of securing an advanced dining reservation) is the cost.
With adult pricing set at $55 for lunch (for an appetizer and entrée) and $79 for dinner (for an appetizer, entrée, and dessert), this restaurant may be out of reach for many Guests.
There is a Space 220 Lounge for Guests craving the restaurant experience but not the price tag. It features a very limited a la carte menu for lunch and dinner, along with plenty of drink options. Disney has now opened up ADR for the lounge in addition to the restaurant, so Guests are advised to make reservations as soon as they’re able.
40 years ago when Disney’s EPCOT debuted, it was divided into two different lands: the World Showcase, featuring pavilions dedicated to the arts, food, and architecture of culture and countries from across the globe, and Future World, containing attractions that celebrated humankind’s ingenuity and looked to the future.
The Park looks a bit different today. What Guests knew as Future World has been divided into three neighborhoods that are a more accurate representation of what Guests can enjoy (and will enjoy, once the multi-year renovations are complete) in each area.
Instead of Future World, you’ll now visit World Nature, World Celebration, and World Discovery. We’re excited to get to know the new EPCOT on our trip!
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
The last new attraction we visited at Disney’s EPCOT theme park was Frozen Ever After in the Norway Pavilion of the World Showcase (and of course, this attraction is really a retheming of an existing ride, Maelstrom, rather than a completely new creation).
Based on the animated Disney/Pixar movie Rataouille (2007), the ride is a 4D experience that shrinks Guests to Chef Remy’s size so they can race around Gusteau’s kitchen. The attraction is perfect for all ages and heights!
La Creperie de Paris
Once you’ve visited Chef Remy on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, you could grab some artisanal ice cream at L’Artisan des Glaces – never a bad idea – or try the new La Creperie de Paris in the France Pavilion. Personally, both dining spots are on our list!
La Creperie de Paris is a quick-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It offers up soups, salads, and a variety of savory and sweet crepes, plus hard cider and wine.
You can order items a la carte, or opt for the prix fixe menu to save money if you’re choosing several courses. We love dining in EPCOT’s France, and can’t wait to give La Creperie de Paris a try!
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, the beloved former nighttime spectacular held at Disney’s EPCOT, is a tough act to follow.
But as one of the biggest nighttime spectaculars ever to appear at a Disney Park, the new fireworks show Harmonious is up to the task, from what we hear!
Harmonious features Disney music and stories interpreted by hundreds of artists from diverse cultures across the globe. This ambitious show uses pyrotechnics, lasers, lights, choreographed water, and huge floating screens. Guests will also hear Disney songs sung in various languages, as the show travels around Earth. We can’t wait to take it all in!
Spaceship Earth Makeover
Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebrations continue in 2022, so this is the perfect time to take a trip to the most magical place on Earth.
One of the special experiences Guests can enjoy is the fabulous makeovers (Beacons of Magic) at each of the Parks’ icons.
At EPCOT, we can’t wait to see Spaceship Earth lit up in a multicolored light display with patterns that move and change, bringing this Park icon to life.
Disney’s EPCOT theme park is the Park to watch right now, with so many changes recently made and still on the docket. We’re excited for just about everything at Walt Disney World, but perhaps most excited to experience all of the new additions to one of our all-time favorite Disney Parks.