As part of the Disney Parks & Resorts panel last night and rumors have been long noted for the Epcot overhaul project that were teased at last year’s D23: Destination D event in November at Walt Disney World by Chairman Bob Chapek. Now currently a lot attractions have been down for refurbishment including Mission: Space, Test Track, Universe of Energy, and others at Epcot. But, Disney came out of nowhere and threw a curve ball for guests who attended the panel at the D23 Expo the other night for this new experience coming towards the park.
A brand new space-themed restaurant that will offer brand new meals and amazing views of Earth that are out of this world, from the location of space! This restaurant will be located adjacent towards the Mission: Space attraction and will invite guests to travel into space and feel like that their on the International Space Station to dine within the stars. Walt Disney Imagineer, Tom Fitzgerald shared some of those details for those who attended the panel last night.
“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.”
Artist Concept Only for the brand new, TBA space themed restaurant at Epcot. Source: (©Disney)
The brand new restaurant will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group, that operates several other restaurants at Walt Disney World such as Tutto Italia and Via Napoli at Epcot and Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs. No further information hasn’t been released for when it will open up but, details will be shared later at a given time in the future.
Now switching over towards Mission: Space and the China pavilion in which that Mission: Space has been down for time for refurbishment in Future World. New details were released in which the attraction will see a brand new film and a brand new mission. The new Green Mission is part to make Epcot more “enjoyable, relaxing, and Disney inspired magic”. Mission: Space is expected to be to reopen for guests this coming August 1st, 2017.
Poster concept for the return of Mission: Space. Source: (©Disney)
The China pavilion at the World Showcase will be using the same film technology like they did for Soarin: Around The World at Disney Parks with brand new digital and seamless display to replace the current Circle-Vision 360 film. No official opening date of when the film will be replaced and check back later for future updates.
These are the first steps of what Chairman Chapek mentioned last year in November for the Destination D event to bring new experiences and immersive environments for their resort’s guests.
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Source: Disney Parks Blog, WDWMagic