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EPCOT is in the middle of a multi-year refurbishment. Today we have a first look of the new entrance fountain that celebrates the past, present, and future of the park! Check it out below and let us know what you think!
Disney announced the major park overhaul back in 2019 at the D23 Expo. EPCOT would undergo a multi-year re-imagining that includes new neighborhoods, the new Harmonious show, new expansions in the World Showcase (namely, France), and a new park entrance.
While some of projects have been put on hold or canceled (like Spaceship Earth and Mary Poppins), we are seeing the above projects come to life. Testing has begun for the Harmonious show, and we are trying to wait as patiently as we can for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure!
While the park is a maze of construction walls, one area of the park is moving along smoothly: the park entrance
Back in August, Disney installed new pylons in at the park entrance. Imagineer Zach Riddley shares, “Our design team took special interest in looking back to the original geometry for inspiration and infusing new features with a little bit of added magic to bridge the past, present and future of EPCOT. These majestic pylons also draw your eye upward toward the sky and perfectly frame views of the iconic Spaceship Earth attraction. I can’t wait to reveal the completed look for this fountain later this year!”
The Walt Disney statue is also still happening as well! It will be known as Dreamer’s Point and located in World Celebration near Spaceship Earth.
Construction Walls Down!
Now, Disney has taken down the construction walls to reveal the first full look! Imagine the delight Guests will feel as the enter the park!
Zach Riddley (via Disney Parks Blog) shares the following:
“While there is still more work to be done here in the future, the area is much more open and welcoming now. It features new planters, pathways, lush landscaping and a vibrant new color palette that will eventually tie into the four new neighborhoods we’re creating inside the park – World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature and World Showcase.
And there in front of iconic Spaceship Earth you’ll now see a reimagined fountain, standing in the footprint of the original that welcomed guests on the park’s opening day in 1982. Our design team took special interest in this water feature, as we looked back to the geometry of the original for inspiration while creating some new magic of our own. In the fountain’s center is a brilliant light, a unique liquid-cooled fixture we’ve designed with new capabilities that complement the fountain’s changing colors and will coordinate with new lighting coming to Spaceship Earth and the upcoming World Celebration beyond.
This new fountain is the centerpiece of EPCOT’s entrance plaza, which we’ve designed as a welcoming area that brings people together. The greenery and use of water celebrate a harmony between humanity and the natural world. This park was built to inspire optimism, and we’re infusing this transformation with the magic of possibility.”
We are so excited to see the new entrance! What do you think of the first look? Let us know on Facebook!