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On Feb. 21, Walt Disney World announced more about its Epcot renovation. 

Guests have already known that big changes are coming to the park — but Disney announced new enhancements like a new play pavilion and a “reimagined” main entrance. 

The pavilion — expected to be unlike anything ever seen before at Epcot — will give guests a new, fun way to interact with each other and with characters in what Disney is calling an “energetic metropolis” with games and hands-on activities. 

“This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we’ve ever created and is completely unique to Epcot,” Zach Riddley, portfolio executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, said in a press release. “Built on the power of play, it introduces an immersive and interactive ‘city’ where you can explore, create and interact with some of your favorite Disney characters. This is an experience worthy of our bold vision for Epcot – and another signature element of our transformation.”

The new pavilion will be located in the former Wonders of Life area of Epcot, which is currently home to the Festival Center. 

Reimagined Epcot Entrance

In this artist rendering, a new entrance plaza in development at Epcot will greet guests with new pathways, sweeping green spaces and a reimagined fountain. This design will pay homage to the original park entrance with fresh takes on classic elements. (Disney)

Epcot’s main entrance will get its makeover in time, as the Leave A Legacy photos will be removed and relocated to a new setting outside of the park. The entrance will resemble its original, classic design, with pathways and green space, plus changes to the fountain.