Disney on expanding of Epcot, new rides & more

Walt Disney Company's art director discusses the Epcot expansion from Ratatouille to new green spaces.


Everyone has a soft spot for Disney movies and entertainment, whether it’s old school films or one of the new franchises under the company’s belt. Part of this love is experiencing the theme parks on offer and one standout is Epcot. Shacknews recently had the pleasure of speaking with art director Brianna Pfost about the constantly evolving nature of Epcost.

“Epcot is truly one of our most unique parks at the Walt Disney Company and it’s one of my favorites,” said Pfost. “It’s all about this big idea of inspiring each other, being inspired by the global community, engaging and creating and dreaming together, and the idea that Walt had about enterprise and human ingenuity.”

After celebrating its 40th anniversary, Epcot has continued to expand and evolve. Some of the latest offerings include a Ratatouille attraction in the France pavilion along with a new bakery. Visitors can also enjoy the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, the Connections Café and Eatery, a Mickey and Friends Meet and Greet, as well as new green spaces for a day of relaxation.

If you enjoyed this insight into Epcot, be sure to check out the Shacknews Interviews YouTube channel for more conversations with the folks that bring some of our favorites pastimes to life.

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Hailing from the land down under, Sam Chandler brings a bit of the southern hemisphere flair to his work. After bouncing round a few universities, securing a bachelor degree, and entering the video game industry, he's found his new family here at Shacknews as a Guides Editor. There's nothing he loves more than crafting a guide that will help someone. If you need help with a guide, or notice something not quite right, you can Tweet him: @SamuelChandler 

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    July 6, 2023 9:00 PM

    Sam Chandler posted a new article, Disney on expanding of Epcot, new rides & more

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      July 7, 2023 7:16 AM

      What in the world does this have to do with video games?

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        July 7, 2023 7:22 AM

        Disney uses gaming technology in their parks. The gaming industry also takes things from Disney and implements them in games. Also nerds love Disney and Epcot.

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        July 7, 2023 7:24 AM

        People can have multiple interests.

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        July 7, 2023 8:23 AM

        I'd love the Shack to cover more forms of entertainment.

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        July 7, 2023 12:52 PM

        Same reason you get search results for random ass cooking and other sites when you search video games, higher chance for new/more visitors.

        Everybody is Oliver Twist anymore.

        Please, Sir Google, I want some more!

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        July 7, 2023 12:58 PM

        Where were you when we just to get articles about Elon?

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          July 7, 2023 1:30 PM

          Where was he during the rollycoaster (dammit dognose!) thread the other day?

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        July 7, 2023 1:39 PM

        Don’t gatekeep, jeez

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        July 7, 2023 3:05 PM

        The last time one of you morons tried to give editorial direction for the site and it's content, it didn't go well.

        Just stop, there is literally zero reason to make a post like this outside of being a shithead. Do better.

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      July 7, 2023 8:26 AM

      Epcot is my favorite of the disney parks so I'm all for it. Now reopen the cuckoo clock store in the German section please! Was sad seeing how many things were closed but I chalked it up to disney still recovering from the covid shenanigans (well that and they are really on a spending cut these days).

      Also as a heads up, End of the first paragraph has Epcot spelled as Epcost. Thought y'all were dunking on epcot for a moment but I think Pfost's last name was causing some cross-eyedness in typing.

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        July 7, 2023 2:15 PM

        I love Epcot, but the move towards more and more IP-based attractions there over the years doesn't sit well with me. I get that they are just responding to what guests want, since having a science-based park with few rides has always been a tough sell for a general audience, but I'd hate to see it lose its identity entirely.

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