We made it out to Epcot recently to take a look at the latest progress on the Epcot entrance overhaul project ahead of a long list of Future World closures in just a few days. As a reminder, the Epcot entrance is undergoing quite the overhaul to essentially restore it to what it once was. Gone are the Leave a Legacy monoliths, replaced by greenery and expanded walkways. Here’s a look at the concept art for the project.
We’ll start from outside of the park, where a lot of work is taking place to create new parking lot tram lanes. It’s worth noting that while we did get a new piece of concept art from the D23 Expo that shows the arrival experience, it’s not the updated arrival experience. The point of the art below was to show the changes coming to Future World and the soon-to-be-demolished Innoventions West where preparations are already underway. While the art below shows the in-park entrance overhaul changes, Disney wasn’t ready to show off the arrival experience changes. As you can see, the old tram lanes still exist and there is no new space for the Leave a Legacy photos, as promised when the demolition project was announced.
Back to our recent visit, and a look at the Epcot entrance overhaul project, starting with the arrival experience enhancements. As you can see, work on the new parking lot tram drop off area is progressing a bit slower as of late.
From the ground, we can see a lot of equipment staged. Hopefully now that Dorian has passed, work can resume on concrete pours for the new look.
There has been some new concrete poured to the west of the monorail station. This looks to be the area that Disney is focusing on the most right now, with new pathway concrete as well as what look to be low walls.
Under the monorail station, work is being done on the roof and what appears to be a new, small room.
Taking the monorail around Epcot, we get an elevated view of the in-park work, taking place behind walls that crowd the guest entrance area.
As you can see in the photos above, the Epcot entrance fountain has been stripped of all theming. It will get a new look as seen in the concept art below.
Here’s a closer look at the Epcot entrance fountain, stripped of the theming.
As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com for continuing coverage of the Epcot overhaul project, including photos of the demolition, news of upcoming changes, and (eventually) construction!