PHOTOS, VIDEO: Construction Walls Down at Entrance to EPCOT; New Walkways and Planters Revealed

As construction progresses on arrival experience enhancements at EPCOT, it’s a big deal when more construction walls go up, but an even bigger deal when they come down. A large section of construction walls at the entrance to the park have been removed as landscaping and concrete work has finished after the removal of Leave A Legacy monoliths. When removal of the monoliths took place on the other side of the park entrance, the empty spaces were merely filled in with concrete, leaving a flat, wide surface for guests to walk on. Over on this side, we’re seeing the return of the central planter, plus some new ones off to the side. Let’s take a look!

The main planter that runs down the middle of the entrance is back again, and dotted with present props for the Festival of the Holidays.

Despite construction walls coming down, the areas are currently roped off to guests, and won’t open up till later this afternoon.

The area over to the left is vastly expanded, with lots of space for guests to wander.

Construction walls currently envelop the former entrance fountain, which is still in progress as it undergoes its retro lucite transformation.

Peering down from the monorail yesterday, we noticed the new construction walls going up around the fountain.

Guests still have to navigate around the perimeter of these walls until the fountain is finally revealed.

In the meantime, everyone’s favorite photo spot is back and ready for future festivals, like Festival of the Arts in January and of course, the Flower & Garden Festival in March.

The view looking down from the monorail this morning gave us a better look at the space and how the concrete throughout the newly opened pathway was distributed.

As you can see in the photo above, different gradients of concrete radiate out from the center of the fountain, making for a fascinating pattern.

These designs match the entrance layout renderings we previewed early in July, as well as early concept art later released by Disney:

You can check out a video walkthrough of the newly opened entrance area below:

In the meantime, stay tuned to WDWNT for all of the latest construction updates at EPCOT and beyond.

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