Walt Disney World's Epcot is getting the major facelift Disney leaders promised last year with two new rides and updates to existing attractions coming to the aging theme park.
Perhaps the biggest news (and the worst kept secrets or most buzzed about rumors) is the new Ratatouille ride coming to the France pavilion and the Guardians of the Galaxy ride, slated to replace Ellen's Universe of Energy, which will close Aug. 13.
While few details of the Guardians of the Galaxy ride were announced, Disney leaders were at least kind enough to explain why the ride will make total sense at Epcot, which turns 35 this fall.
According to Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a young Peter Quill (who we now know and love as Star Lord) actually visited Epcot.
Over in the France pavilion, the Ratatouille ride will mirror the successful attraction at Disneyland Paris, which opened in 2014.
Guests on the trackless, 4-D ride will shrink down to the size of Remy and move through Gusteau's Parisian restaurant.
Both rides will open by the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.
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