When you think of Disney Parks, the first things that come to mind are probably staples of The Magic Kingdom: rides like The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the trinity of Mountains (Space, Splash, and Big Thunder). But it’s rare to find someone who initially conjures up imagery of anything from Epcot, the Walt Disney World park that’s spent decades struggling to define itself. But with Disney parks chairman Bob Chapek recently announcing that the next generation of that park would become “more Disney” than the current iteration, that long struggle may be coming to an end.

At today’s Epcot D23 presentation, Chapek took the stage and gave us some more insight into the renovations that are planned for the park. Here’s what we learned. Read More »

Mary Poppins Attraction at Epcot

The D23 Expo pulled out all the stops this morning when they announced the first ever Mary Poppins ride is coming to Epcot at Walt Disney World. Several dancers came out and performed a “Step In Time” dance number on stage – including Disney legend Dick Van Dyke, who is 93 years old but was still dancing among the rest of them. Here’s what we know about the new attraction so far. Read More »

Eric Tan is an artist we’ve covered several times on /Film, and for good reason: he’s been a reliable producer of incredible pop culture artwork for years – I still think about the awesome poster he made celebrating Lost back in 2009. He’s been a designer for the Disney Consumer Products team for more than fifteen years, and at this year’s D23 Expo, it was revealed that Tan and his wife, artist Stacey Aoyama, created posters for all of the Epcot attractions which line the park’s pavilions. Take a look at a gallery of the posters below. Read More »

Play Pavilion

Earlier this year, we wrote about how Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center park is finally rebranding its old Wonders of Life pavilion into something called the “Play Pavilion.” Now some new details have emerged about the attractions and activities that will be in that section of the park, including an interactive game based on Zootopia, the return of Animation Academy, and more. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster

We’ve written about Disney’s plan to include spinning roller coaster cars on their upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster at Walt Disney World, but a new video shared by Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek gives us our first look at the new vehicles in action. Check it out below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster

Roller coasters with spinning cars is not a new thing, but those spins have all previously relied on the design of the track or the weight distribution of the cars to initiate the rotations. Now, The Walt Disney Company has filed a new patent for technology that will allow the ride car’s spins to be controlled remotely, and they’ll debut this tech at Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster in Orlando, Florida. Get more details below. Read More »

IllumiNations Epcot

Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park is undergoing a multi-year transformation, and the resort is putting one of its long-running institutions on the chopping block. Disney has announced that IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, a nightly show that was first introduced in 1999 as part of the company’s Millennium Celebration and has been running ever since, will be closing next year and an all-new “nighttime fireworks spectacular” will take its place. Watch a full video of IllumiNations below, and learn more about the other changes in store at Epcot.
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Inside Out theme park

The only thing that takes longer to make than a Pixar movie is the subsequent ride at Disney World. In the past, rides have been developed in tandem with films. These days, the people who create the rides – Imagineers – wait to see if a film becomes important or successful enough before plans move ahead for a permanent place in the theme park. But that doesn’t stop the filmmakers from thinking about it.

According to Inside Out director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera, 45 minutes after first pitching their film, they were on the phone with Imagineering telling them about the idea. While there’s nothing yet confirmed about an Inside Out presence in the parks, the duo told us about their dream integration for Inside Out into Disney parks, which includes an idea that was cut out of the film. Read the Inside Out theme park talk below. Read More »