The arrival experiences at most Walt Disney World theme parks are still being re-imagined, but the Epcot project seems to be nearing completion ahead of the (what Disney hopes will be) busy holiday season.
The new tram turn in front of the Epcot monorail station has been paved in a checkered pattern, which at least looks better than one-tone gray pavement.
Paving and landscaping usually marks the end of such projects, so it shouldn’t take very long to complete this phase of the project at this point. We still expect to see some work being done outside of the park after this section opens to guests.
A look to the right shows where guests will travel from their car or tram to the park entrance.
New foliage is being put in place to the left of the monorail station.
Bases for lampposts and a bit of the guest path are now in place.
The old tram pick-up and drop-off is a bit of a mess still.
Looking towards the Epcot bus loops from the monorail station.
It appears that guests arriving via bus will now have to come this way for security screening, likely mingling with monorail guests.
An exit path cuts under the monorail station.
Guests would exit this way before construction began, but this also overlapped with the security screening area. The exit path will now only be for leaving, with security moved outwards towards the old tram stop.
A lot of landscaping is now being done over here as well.
We’ll keep you in the loop as further progress is made on this overhaul of the Epcot arrival experience.