Well, that escalated quickly. Earlier this week, we reported on the demolition of the old ticket booths at Epcot’s International Gateway, along with the removal of the majority of the green awning that housed the back entrance. It appears that the awning has been fully removed now.
These planters now extend all the way down to where the bathrooms are (which are still currently open during construction.)
You can still see remnants of the old awning on the building facade. See that imprint of the half-circle?
Some damage at the attachment points. Surely these will be touched up on in the coming weeks.
Here you can get a different view of the work currently taking place. There’s the International Gateway, now sans awning, and the Skyliner Station right next to it.
A lot of construction continues on the opposite side of the hedge barriers, keeping guests from both sides of the construction for the new entrance and for the Skyliner station.
Here’s an aerial view if you’re having trouble picturing the layout. The red areas are construction zones that are currently blocked from guests. The blue square is where the security checkpoint currently is, with the green square being the temporary park entrance.
The revamping of Epcot’s International Gateway is just one example of how Disney is improving guest traffic across the resort. Big changes are underway at Epcot’s main entrance, with Leave a Legacy monoliths currently being demolished as well, and lots of work underway at the old tram drop-off area. With the Disney Skyliner set to open in the Fall (ideally by the time Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in late August), we’re sure to see construction continue to move quickly in the area.