PHOTOS: Work Continues on Major Overhaul to Epcot Entrance and Security Areas, Tram Stops Temporarily Moved

Back in March, we noticed some of the first changes ahead of Epcot’s full entrance overhaul and improvements to park security in the form of an altered route for the pedestrian walkway leading from parking lots Create, Explore, Imagine, and Amaze. They had all been changed to veer guests towards the left-hand side entrance of the park, as opposed to walking straight ahead towards the main entrance that’s in line with Spaceship Earth. Well, now we know what those changes were ultimately for.

The main tram pick-up and drop-off locations have since moved to temporary locations, with tram service separated between two tram lanes, similar to the Transportation and Ticket Center (where work has also begun on the parking lot and tram areas.) The West Tram (pictured below) will service the Create, Amaze, Discover, and Journey lots. The East Tram will service the Imagine, Explore, and Wonder lots. Please take into account that these new temporary locations are further away, which will result in longer walking distances and times. Plan accordingly!

New makeshift loading queues are now in place.

Yup, keep walking. No more heading straight on into the park from the lots.

During this initial phase of construction, guests coming from the parking lot will enter Epcot through the security screening area located at the east entrance, by the Joffrey’s kiosk.

The entire area under the monorail station is fenced off, with the exception of security.

Guests coming by monorail, bus, or taxi will continue to enter Epcot through the same security screening area located at the west entrance.

That being said, the old tram loop is also completely fenced off and closed.

The fencing extends to the first bus loading area.

Changes coming to the Epcot main entrance include the addition of a plaza with new pathways and sweeping green spaces. Before that, guests will travel through redesigned security checkpoints. This is all a part of a resort-wide project to enhance the overall guest arrival experience, plus improve guest traffic flow within and between the parks.

As always, we’ll keep you updated on all the latest construction and changes happening at Epcot throughout the revamp.

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Bradley D Monroe
Bradley D Monroe
2 years ago

I feel like the first bus loading area maybe transformed into the permanent load and unload zone for the west parking lot trams when construction is finished. The east parking lot trams may end up being renovated longer. These lots may end up getting renamed.