This past weekend, I got to take a trip up to Orlando to check out all the construction and updates coming to EPCOT following the D23 news in regards to the parks multi-year transformation.
Beginning at the front of Spaceship Earth and turnstiles, you’re greeted by the humongous construction wall, blocking off the East Leave A Legacy monoliths, as well as the fountain outside of Spaceship Earth. Back in May, Disney began work on removing the West side of the Leave A Legacy monoliths. This was just the beginning of the transformation for EPCOT’s new entrance plaza.
Now that the West side is completed, you’re free to roam around with a wide-open space, which also gives you a better view of Spaceship Earth.
Moving to Future World East, Innoventions is getting ready to close within the next few weeks, with the official closing date as September 7th. On the exterior, a new stage was added for Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival for some type of entertainment/dance party.
The new E-Ticket attraction coming to Epcot, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is still under major construction with work including exterior and interior cosmetic changes. The former Wonders of Life pavilion is going under many changes as well. Last year, it received a new coat of fresh, gold paint on its exterior, and is now being transformed into a Play! Pavilion.
Moving to Future World West, construction walls have popped up on the side of the Innoventions West buildings to clear trees and landscaping in preparation for the demolition of the West buildings. If you weren’t aware, the West buildings of Innoventions will be getting demolished, while the East buildings will be staying, getting redesigned and also having all of the current Innoventions exhibits gutted and replaced with what is rumored to be new dining location, merchandise, etc.
Reminder, if you’d like to check out Innoventions, Club Cool and/or Fountain of Nations, make sure you get those visits in by September 7th, as that date will be their last day of operation.