Big changes are happening at the front of Epcot. Inside the park, as well out just outside the gates, work is underway to improve the overall entrance experience for guests. Let’s see what’s changed since our last update.
Currently, no matter from which direction you enter the park, you’re confronted with construction fences. You’ll notice these if you walk or take the tram in from the parking lot.
The majority of the work is happening under and around the monorail station. This area used to be the tram pick-up and drop-off area. That looks like it’s being moved.
They’re doing a lot of work closer to the bus loops as well (you can see the bus shelters in the background here). My guess is they’re expanding the walkable area over here as guests come over from the buses.
This concrete wall is for the new tram turnaround. It’s a stone’s throw from the old tram drop-off area, outside of the shadow of the monorail station.
Traffic posts have been installed just on the other side. It’s possible this is one of the pick-up or drop-off areas.
This is the first block of new concrete! Exciting! The placement of this is telling me this area will probably be the (or one of the) new security checkpoints.
You can see they’re building a new wall on the far end of the monorail station exit platform.
They’ve slightly moved some of these construction walls, also, giving us a view of the ceiling of the first floor of the station.
Looks like it’s being rewired, probably for all-new lighting.
They’ve wired some bases for lamp posts just underneath the station.
You can see some finished lamp post bases on the other side as well.
Whatever their ultimate plans are for the new tram and security area, I think we can expect a lot more open and walkable area, similar to the new Hollywood Studios entrance. With all the new additions and changes coming to inside the park, a smoother entry experience will definitely help ease stress on your average guest. We’ll keep you in the loop on this project as it evolves!