You may have heard that Epcot is a huge construction site in 2020. Even before Disney World’s COVID-19 closure, you were probably wondering if visiting Epcot is even worth it during your 2020 or 2021 Disney trip.
Hasn’t the Epcot construction closed a lot of attractions?
Is there anything left to do at Epcot in 2020?
What about kids? Will my kids even enjoy Epcot right now?
Oh, boy, do I have strong opinions about this! Skipping Epcot on a Disney World trip wouldn’t even be a consideration for my family and here’s why you won’t want to miss it during your Disney vacation.
This blog post will discuss how the ongoing construction at Epcot in 2020 may affect your trip, what’s actually closed due to the construction, the entertainment still available, and why your kids will love Epcot!
What is the Construction at Epcot in 2020?
First, let’s address the construction issue.
Yes, a huge chunk of Epcot real estate is currently surrounded by construction walls. And we’re not talking about some small area off on one side of the park similar to the current Tron roller coaster construction going on at Magic Kingdom. No, the entire center of Future World is currently inaccessible while it’s transformed into a World Celebration neighborhood.
Even for a nostalgic Epcot fan like me, this reimagining is long overdue. The center of Future World had a very “80’s contemporary” styling that was long outdated. For those of us who have been visiting Epcot since its early years, this was a great source of nostalgia. For new visitors, it just looked … old.
So the center hub of Epcot is going to be amazing … eventually. But what does this construction void mean for your 2020 or 2021 trip?
Honestly? Not much.
The area that is currently closed didn’t actually close much in the way of entertainment and attractions. This wasn’t an attraction-heavy area of the park before the construction walls went up. Nearly everything that closed has been moved and has since reopened.
Epcot’s largest gift shop, Mouse Gear, has been moved to a new location.
The Electric Umbrella quick service restaurant closed, but there are certainly plenty of other dining options in the park.
Starbucks moved just a little closer to World Showcase.
The Character Spot character meeting locations were dispersed around the park before Disney World’s COVID-19 closure, but now characters don’t meet anywhere at Disney World.
A large Fountain of Nations water fountain and Innoventions hands-on play space didn’t find alternative homes, but these weren’t exactly key attractions.
Club Cool is the primary victim of the construction situation, but it’s a pretty safe bet to say these self-serve beverage stations offering free samples of Coca-Cola products from around the world wouldn’t have reopened in a post-COVID Disney World anyway. And, even so, losing Club Cool is hardly a reason to skip an Epcot day entirely.
Also, while the construction walls are visible around Future World, World Showcase remains largely untouched by these park updates.
Future World’s construction zone mainly just affects your trip photos by the presence of construction walls (though they’re awfully pretty construction walls!). The construction location also affects traffic flow in Future World since there are currently no pathways passing straight through. Neither of these are reason alone to strike Epcot from your Disney World trip itinerary.
What Shows and Entertainment are Available at Epcot in 2020?
Most live entertainment has temporarily ceased at ALL Disney World parks.
However, Epcot still offers several indoor movies in its Canada, China, and France World Showcase pavilions as well as a two film theaters in Future World.
Live entertainment can be found at the American Gardens Theater. Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors alternate showtimes all afternoon in this open air theater.
Characters do not currently meet in the Disney World parks, but characters can often be seen promenading around the World Showcase Lagoon.
What is there for Kids to do at Epcot?
Epcot has more kid-friendly rides with no minimum height requirement than Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom combined!
Frozen Ever After is a slow-moving boat ride through several scenes featuring favorite characters from Frozen.
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros is a slow-moving boat ride. Imagine if It’s A Small World was entirely about Mexico!
Journey Into Imagination With Figment is a slow-moving tracked ride starring Epcot’s favorite purple dragon.
Living With The Land is an educational slow-moving boat ride through active greenhouses. It’s actually my boys’ favorite slow ride at Epcot!
The Seas with Nemo & Friends is an omnimover ride featuring Nemo that leads to the Sea Base aquariums. Once inside, animal-loving kids may want to spend lots of time watching all the fish, manatees and marine life!
Spaceship Earth is, you guessed it, another slow-moving ride. This is an omnimover inside the park’s “golf ball” icon and tells the story of human communication through numerous animatronic scenes.
Got bigger kids? For those 40” and up, Test Track, the green Mission: SPACE mission and Soarin’ Around the World are also fun rides.
A Full Day at Epcot?
Can you expect to fill an entire day at Epcot? Absolutely!
The only ride at Epcot that is not available is Ellen’s Energy Adventure which closed in 2017 to make way for a new Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster.
All other Epcot rides are open and operating. Even the iconic Spaceship Earth, which was due to close for refurbishment in May 2020, is open with that planned revamp temporarily put on hold.
In addition to all those rides, Epcot offers several films, nearly a dozen countries to admire and explore, and let’s not forget what Epcot is best known for – FOOD! There’s usually a food festival underway at Epcot with food booths scattered all around World Showcase. Eat and drink your way around the world, browse the unique shops in the countries, and enjoy the architecture.
Epcot is a large park with spread out attractions. Between the walking and attractions and entertainment and food … expect to spend a full, relaxing day at Epcot during your 2020 or 2021 Disney World trip!
Would you consider skipping Epcot in 2020 due to the park construction?