Two New Attractions Coming to Disney's Epcot Theme Park

Walt Disney World - Epcot - Guardians of the Galaxy Ride

Although it used to be one of Disney's most exciting destinations, Walt Disney World Resort's Epcot theme park in recent years has received little in the way of attention and investment, even as its sister parks received notable expansions and enhancements. That's about to change, however, as Disney has announced plans to finally update the park with two new rides based on popular Disney films.

The first ride (pictured), located in Epcot's space-themed Future World, will be a roller coaster inspired by Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." It will replace Epcot's current Universe of Energy attraction, which will close in August.

The second ride, located between the France and Morocco pavilions in Epcot's World Showcase, will be based on Disney-Pixar's animated film "Ratatouille." A replica of "Ratatouille: The Adventure," which has been the No. 1 attraction at Disneyland Paris since opening in 2014, the trackless ride will "shrink" guests to the size of a rodent, then whisk them through a Parisian restaurant that they'll experience from the point of view of the movie's protagonist, Remy the rat.

Both rides are expected to open in 2021, in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.

"Families want a little bit more of that Disney wow factor," stated Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek, who said the new attractions will keep Epcot "true to the original vision while making it more timeless, more relevant, more family-friendly, [and] more Disney."

Epcot isn't the only Disney park receiving a fresh infusion of fun. At Disneyland in California, for instance, the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland is getting a new roller coaster based on the 1982 Disney film "Tron." The park's Main Street U.S.A., meanwhile, will get a new live entertainment theater modeled after the Willis Theater in Kansas City, where Walt Disney lived and worked in the 1920s. And back at Walt Disney World, Hollywood Studios is getting Disney's first-ever Mickey Mouse-themed ride, called "Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway." Finally, both Disneyland and Disney World are preparing to open "Star Wars"-themed lands in 2019, and Disney World's will include an immersive "Star Wars" hotel, complete with costumes.

"It's unlike anything that exists today," Chapek said of the hotel. "From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a 'Star Wars' story. You'll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100 percent immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits."

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