With yesterday’s announcement that the Epcot entrance would be overhauled, a few questions remained. As the Disney Parks Blog stated, the Leave a Legacy photos ”
will be moving into a beautiful setting just outside the park’s gateway”.
One of the specifics that wasn’t discussed was what would happen to the granite monoliths that they are currently displayed on. It turns out that the future of Epcot doesn’t include moving those monoliths to a new location, but rather removing them completely. The Leave a Legacy photos will be removed from the monoliths and the photos will be displayed on a new structure with “enhancements that will have them looking better than ever”, just outside the touchpoints. As per the concept art, the monoliths themselves will be removed. Further details such as what the enhancements and setting will look like haven’t been announced yet.
Another specific that wasn’t initially announced was a timeline for the project. The Disney Parks Blog gave a timeline of “just in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary” for the new Play Pavilion, but any specifics on the timeline for the Leave a Legacy photos relocation weren’t announced. We can now tell you that construction on the relocation of the photos and removal of the monoliths will take place in phases, with work expected to begin this Spring. Guests will be able to see the Leave a Legacy photos in their new location beginning in 2020. With the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival ending on June 3rd and Spring officially ending on June 21st, we imagine work will begin in June, but an exact date has yet to be confirmed.
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