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!
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.
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.
New walls appear in grey on the old Universe of Energy building.
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.
Checking in at the Canada Pavilion in the World Showcase, and there are a lot of scrims up around the facade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.”
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.
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!