Calling all Walt Disney World fans: the soon-to-be new Play Pavilion at Epcot is one you’ll need to see to believe—and it’s part of a multi-year transformation.

The former Wonders of Life pavilion—home of the Body Wars ride that was closed and transformed into a seasonal festival space—is getting a major makeover. The area—which doesn’t have an official name as yet—will soon become an area that’s 100 percent devoted to play—and of course, fun!

So what can you expect from this exciting new Epcot area? The pavilion’s city will host interactive experiences galore. Your kiddo can meet and greet fave Disney characters, catch some awesome entertainment and get hands-on with all kinds of activities.

According to Zach Riddley, Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio executive, “This innovative, new pavilion is beyond anything we’ve ever created and is completely unique to Epcot.” Riddley also added, “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.”

When will Epcot’s play pavilion open? While there’s no official date, the grand debut will happen in time for Walt Disney World’s big 5-0! Along with the new pavilion city, other changes include a revamped main entrance, new fountain, plenty of additional green space and redevelopment between the Spaceship Earth attraction and the World Showcase Promenade.

—Erica Loop

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All photos: Courtesy of Disney Parks

 

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