PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 8/2/19 (Construction Updates, Beverly is Back, and So Many Sleepy Figments)
It’s August now, which means the summer season is winding down around the Walt Disney World Resort, and that means that the countdown is officially on for the best festival season at Epcot, Food & Wine! But before we get there, let’s take a walk around and enjoy the relative calmness before the storm.
Starting off in Future World, there was a bit of activity on the roof of the old Energy building, and the future site of the new Guardians of the Galaxy coaster. I still miss the solar panels that used to line the roof of this building.
The courtyard in front still remains a mess of debris.
While the sleepy Figment Dream Friend might still be sold out on shopDisney, but there are more than enough sleepy Figments looking to be adopted into loving homes all around the Future World merchandise shops.
Checking in on the Rose Walk pathway construction, and it looks like they’re getting more of the booths ready for the upcoming Food & Wine Festival. The first day of the festival is August 29th, so the countdown is really on at this point for this project to be completed.
In the Canada Pavilion, the scrims around the rock work have finally have some themeing, which means they’ll definitely be sticking around for a while. But the themed scrims are much better to look at if they’re going to be here for a while.
Since O Canada! closed for upgrades and new added footage, the entire area in the back of the Canada Pavilion is closed off for now. Since the rock work facade is getting so much work done, and with the film being closed for now, this makes sense since there’s nothing really back there right now, and will hopefully speed along the construction process, without having to worry about keeping anything out of eyesight from Guests.
Heading over towards International Gateway, and there’s a lot of activity around this area, between the views of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure construction, and the upcoming Skyliner Station.
The Ratatouille construction is still moving along, and the facade is really taking shape. It looks like its going to be a lovely walk and view along that pathway next to the water where work is being done on the wall towards the front of the photo.
The Skyliner Station was testing while I was checking it out today, and every time I see these gondolas moving, I’m surprised at just how zippy they are.
The Skyliner has announced an official opening date in September. We are still anticipating a possible soft opening before that for the Hollywood Studios line, but the Epcot line will be coming in closer to that September date.
In the American Adventure Pavilion, the work on the pavement that we showed you in our last photo report has gotten some love. The red strips of plywood are gone, and have been replaced with the new brick work and concrete.
Out front of Epcot, work on the new tram loop continues to move along. These loops towards the entrance area of Epcot are getting a lot of attention with this curved wall, and I’m anxious to see what the new area is going to look like once completed. Its quite a hike to get into the park the way that the entrance area and the construction walls are set up right now, so I’m excited to see this completed.
I’ll leave you today with this photo of a fully armed and operation soda station in Club Cool. Beverly has made a triumphant return for one last hurrah, as Club Cool is set to close on September 7th. I might try one last sip of it before the end, but only in between drinking as much Fanta Melon Frosty as I can.
Keep checking WDWNT for all of the latest updates!