We just wrote about the latest progress of the demolition of Pin Central, but we wanted to provide a more wide-sweeping overview of the work taking place in the “Epcot Spine”, or central corridor, in Future World.
As you might know, Epcot is a park full of construction walls right now. Or, more specifically, Future World is full of construction walls right now. It really is a tale of two parks, with World Showcase looking great right now as it prepares for the 2020 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, but Future World is difficult to navigate at best and impossibly confusing at worst.
The “Epcot Spine”, or central corridor of the park is undergoing a massive transformation into World Celebration, one of four neighborhoods that will anchor the park when the work is complete. Per Disney, World Celebration will offer new experiences that connect us to one another and the world around us. From a new story coming to Spaceship Earth to Dreamers Point (a place to celebrate the legacy of Walt Disney), the park will be completely different in the coming years.
Here’s a piece of concept art that shows the complete removal of Innoventions West, Dreamers Point, and an all-new events pavilion that will play host to the park’s various festivals.
Of course, the pretty concept art seen above requires some, quite frankly, ugly work in the meantime.
As seen in the most recent park map below, there is a lot of “green space” in the center of the park.
Here’s what that “green space” looks like.
And here’s a complete walking tour of the construction walls and bypass pathways that guests will experience for the foreseeable future when visiting the park.
As you can see in the overview photo above, the Fountain of Nations has been demolished and the land smoothed over, MouseGear is gutted, and Pin Central’s days are numbered. That’s not to say that all this work is bad, it’s just bad right now.
To that end, here’s a look at the various demolition projects taking place in the Epcot Spine right now.
Innoventions West, or at least southwest, has been gutted and torn down for some time now. This plot of land is generally where the World Celebration Festival Center (LEARN MORE) will sit. As of today, there has been no work on the breezeway that connected the north and south sections of Innoventions West, but eventually it will all have to be demolished for Journey of Water – Inspired by Moana (LEARN MORE).
Here’s a closer look at the exposed part of the demolition.
Here’s a look at the breezeway that will likely be demolished next. If the red tape is an indicator, the breezeway isn’t part of the demolition site yet.
We’ll just briefly touch on Pin Central. As you can see in the photos below, Pin Central has been detached from the shade structures for the next steps of demolition. As a matter of fact, some of the structures that use to support the shade structures have been removed. Here’s a look around!
Next to Pin Central, we find Electric Umbrella. Again, going by the red tape, it would seem like Electric Umbrella is outside of the current demolition boundaries.
The demolition equipment is looming. For a tour of the space as it existed before it closed, check out our photo tour (HERE).
Technically, MouseGear still exists in a temporary location (PHOTO & VIDEO TOUR), but for the purposes of our post, we’ll refer to the demolished structure as MouseGear.
Here are some closer photos from this morning.
Here’s a look at the Future World East breezeway, with MouseGear on the left and Electric Umbrella on the right.
We’ll continue to keep an eye on all of the Epcot Spine demolition here at BlogMickey.com!