Earlier this year, it was announced that the front half of Epcot would be seeing a redesign. It includes the removal of the Leave a Legacy tiles and the new space will include a number of additional green spaces. Today, to make way for the second phase of updates, a large number of restaurants, shops, and attractions were announced that they would be closing this year. These locations include:
- Electric Umbrella: the quick-service restaurant located next to Innoventions East. This location is scheduled to close this winter.
- Innoventions East: including the Colortopia exhibit and the Nanooze Break area are scheduled to close on September 8.
- Fountain of Nations: will close permanently on September 8
- Fountain View (Starbucks): will close later this year and will be moved to a temporary location later this year.
- Mouse Gear: will close before the end of the year and will move to a temporary location. The current location will be refurbished.
- Art of Disney: will close later this year and will be moved to a temporary location later this year. Heritage Manor (located in the American Adventure pavilion) will eventually become the new, permanent home for Art of Disney offerings.
- Club Cool: will be moved to a new location in the near future
- Camera Center: will close before the end of the year.
- Pin Central: will close before the end of the year. The Camera Center become a new home for Pin Central.
- Epcot Character Spot: will close on September 8. Guests visiting the park will continue to be able to meet their favorite Disney Characters at other locations throughout Epcot:
- Minnie Mouse will move into the World Showcase Gazebo.
- Daisy Duck will move to The American Adventure.
- Mickey Mouse and Goofy will temporarily appear in Innoventions West until a new place is developed. At that point, Mickey will move to an all-new location in the Imagination Pavilion and Goofy will venture out into the park.
- Joy will move to a new home.
- Winnie the Pooh will greet Guests at Christopher Robin’s bedroom in the United Kingdom Pavilion
Details about what’s in store for the updated version of Epcot will be announced at the D23 Expo in August.