PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 7/5/19 (Takumi-tei, Skyliner Station, Ratatouille Ride Construction Updates, and More!)

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It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow at the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, especially with this beautiful new view of Spaceship Earth with half of the Leave a Legacy monoliths missing.

Epcot spaceship earth

There’s so much open space and room for actitivies with half of the monoliths removed, and we’re waiting on construction to begin on the other side any day now, so if you’ve got a picture over there, be sure to visit soon! This was one of the first phases of Project Gamma, a re-imagining of the park’s entrance and the center area of Future World. Check out our post to see the return of a classic logo coming to this area of the park!

epcot tram loop

Before I got started inside the park, I checked in on the progress of the tram loop. They’ve made quite a mess out there that can’t be hidden from the elevated platform of the monorail. Its still a lot of dirt right now, but once completed, should be an improvement on the entrance experience at Epcot.

epcot tram loop

Moving into the park, I stopped by to check on the construction of the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster. With the main show building now completely enclosed, we’re only going to get glimpses of this construction from the front courtyard area.

guardians of the galaxy coaster

guardians of the galaxy coaster

New walls appear in grey on the old Universe of Energy building.

guardians of the galaxy coaster

One thing has remained consistent almost every time we’ve gotten a peek over that wall, and that’s the piles of debris that always seem to be strewn about the courtyard.

guardians of the galaxy coaster

epcot rose walk pathway

The rose walk pathway between Imagination and World Showcase is still closed while it undergoes some construction to widen the pathway.

epcot rose walk pathway

Canada Pavilion

Checking in at the Canada Pavilion in the World Showcase, and there are a lot of scrims up around the facade.

Canada Pavilion

The waterfall that’s outside the entrance to O Canada! wasn’t running today, and it made the inner courtyard eerily quiet. I was the only one wandering around this area, and my footsteps echoed as I went up the stairs without the noise of the water. Speaking of O Canada though, its set to close in August for digital upgrades to the film, so if its one of the things on your must-do list, make sure you check it out this summer.

epcot Canada Pavilion

epcot ratatouille

In the France pavilion, construction is moving along for the upcoming Ratatouille ride! The facade is really coming along, just look at those little yellow buildings in the center of the photo, wit the show building peeking out on top behind it.

epcot ratatouille

epcot ratatouille

The Eiffel Tower has always been one of the more hidden icons in the World Showcase, but you’re going to get a great view of it once the Skyliner opens.

epcot ratatouille

From inside the park, you can see the construction looming in the back of the pavilion as you head into France from the International Gateway entrance.

epcot international gateway Skyliner

The Skyliner station looks like its coming together at International Gateway. It’s anticipated to open this fall, and with June coming to a close, that feels like its right around the corner!

epcot international gateway skyliner

Takumi tei Japan pavilion

In the Japan Pavilion, the construction walls have been mostly removed from the front of the pavilion around the construction of the new signature dining location, Takumi-Tei, revealing the new menu board out front.

Takumi tei Japan pavilion

Takumi tei Japan pavilion

“Like a flower that blooms in the springtime, Takumi-tei celebrates moments of perfection in nature through Japanese art. Each room tells the story of a natural element- from water, wood, or earth, to stone and washi paper- and features beautiful, handcrafted works of art just waiting to be discovered.”

Takumi tei Japan pavilion

The outside portion of this restaurant looks to be near complete, and with an expected opening this summer, they’ve technically got less than two months to meet that deadline.

Takumi tei Japan pavilion

That about wraps up all of the updates from Epcot today! Keep checking back with WDWNT, because clearly there are a lot of projects happening at Epcot right now, and we’ll keep bringing you the latest news! See ya real soon!

epcot spaceship earth

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You realize you posted this, “The outside portion of this restaurant looks to be near complete, and with an expected opening this summer, they’ve technically got less than two months to meet that deadline”, right after you posted an article about the restaurant opening today, right?

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Yeah, the photo reports take a much longer amount of time to produce and edit. We then publish them during slower news periods. Takumi-Tei rushed to open, so in a few days it went from opening this Summer, to opening this week.