UPDATE: Here’s a photo tour of the new, split rope drop now in effect at Epcot! Our original story continues below.
Tomorrow marks another milestone in the Epcot demolition process. Here’s a quick rundown of the changes.
First and foremost, Electric Umbrella and the former Pin Central station will be behind walls. As a result of the new walls, the Innoventions East and West breezeways will also become inaccessible. In fact, the entire central “Epcot spine” will be behind walls.
As you can see in the soon-to-be-released map below, only a small walkway will exist behind Spaceship Earth, and this is likely just to ensure that guests are able to navigate around Spaceship Earth instead of through Project Tomorrow or back around to the front of the attraction.
That said, rope drop will be changing and the construction walls installed will necessitate a unique split rope drop. Of course, if you haven’t visited Epcot in some time, you might be use to rope drop as it existed in front of Spaceship Earth. Those days are long behind us, with rope drop moving to the east, and then west of Spaceship Earth.
Here’s a look back at when rope drop was to the east of Spaceship Earth. Also interesting (and easy to forget) was just how lush this area use to be. We’ll certainly see more foliage when the Epcot overhaul project is completed, but right now Future World feels quite bare.
As of today, the rope drop is held to the west of Spaceship Earth as final preparations for the east pathway are completed.
This is all scheduled to change tomorrow according to area managers, with a split rope drop going into effect based on if you want to rope drop Future World East or Future World West.
First, here’s a look at some of the new signage that has been installed at the Future World West bypass that will take guests from the front of the park to The Seas and The Land pavilions and beyond. We’ll walk from the front of the park towards The Seas.
The large red arrow directs guests back to the front of Spaceship Earth, where even more signage was installed recently.
Redirecting our attention back to the west bypass walkway, we can see that guests are told to go this way to access The Land, Soarin’ Around the World, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Journey into Imagination with Figment, and World Showcase.
Continuing through the openings, we find ourselves in what feels like a backstage area, but it is considered on-stage now with guests routed through this bypass.
More signage tells us we’re on the right path.
This walkway will eventually lead us to The Seas and beyond. It will become one of two rope drop areas in use tomorrow.
To walk through this whole area virtually with us, check out our video from late last year when the bypass originally opened with much less signage.
The second rope drop area scheduled to open tomorrow is to the east of Spaceship Earth and will make use of the bypass created that runs past the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind site.
As of right now, the pathway isn’t open to guests, but our latest photo update did show that it was close to being finished. It should be accessible starting tomorrow with the split rope drop procedure that managers spoke of.
The pathway will continue to the left of the photo above and towards Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (seen behind the palm trees).
It will then join up with the already open walkway that will take guests into Future World East.
Here’s a rough estimation of the split rope drops to Future World West (red) and Future World East (blue).
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