The EPCOT Experience Is Closing – What’s Next for the Odyssey Pavilion?

The EPCOT Experience
Credit: Disney

Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley recently shared an update to his Instagram regarding the EPCOT Experience, which has been offering glimpses of coming attractions at the Disney park since it opened three years ago. According to his post below, the EPCOT Experience will close on March 14 to open up space for new activations of the Odyssey Pavilion.

The EPCOT Experience, as Riddley points out, offered a first-person look at new attractions, areas, and event coming to the Disney park. While the space offered an exciting preview while these new attractions were in the work, many of the attractions have since opened, including Harmonious, the park’s newest nighttime spectacular, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in the France pavilion, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is coming soon, set to open this summer.

EPCOT Experience

Credit: Disney

The EPCOT Experience will close to Guests on March 14, 2022, with no updates announced so far as to what will be moving into the Odyssey pavilion in its place. Upcoming features of EPCOT’s ongoing transformation will include the Journey of Water Inspired by Moana, and additional details in the evolution of World Celebration, along with the new statue of Walt Disney and more.

It is possible that the Odyssey pavilion will continue to host previews of upcoming attractions as it had been doing during the EPCOT Experience. Another possibility is that the space could be used for indoor events during EPCOT’s festivals, as this was one of the location’s primary functions after its stint as an EPCOT table service restaurant many years ago.

Typically during festivals, the Odyssey building hosts an additional indoor kitchen space for Guests to pick up festival-sized portions of snacks and beverages, and it has also been used for seminar space, in the case of drawing and painting classes during the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts.

A video detailing what the EPCOT Experience was like when it opened is available below:

If you were hoping to see the EPCOT Experience one last time, you have a couple of days to make your way over to the park. Otherwise, we will share updates to the Odyssey pavilion space and on the rest of EPCOT’s transformation as we have them here on Disney Fanatic.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."

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