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PHOTOS: Temporary Planters Replaced with Construction Walls as Work Begins on Right Side of New Park Entrance Plaza at EPCOT

What we hoped might be temporary planters transformed into longer-term walls today at the EPCOT entrance.

Yesterday, we told you about temporary planters that appeared to the right side of the park’s entrance. There was a chance they may have just been there to hide preparations for entrance landscaping celebrating the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. But now, we don’t think that’s the case.

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The walls you see here are blocking the big, central planter directly in front of Spaceship Earth — plus, everything behind it.

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The walls run from the entrance turnstiles to the fountain construction walls that have been up for a while. They hide additional gardening that will fill out the right side of EPCOT’s entrance to make it symmetrical with the work already completed on the left. A full beautiful garden will greet you as you make your way into the reimagined park.

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When the construction walls were removed in mid-December, the EPCOT entrance got a big breath of fresh air and we saw the new central planter. This teaser of what’s to come for the entrance may have only been revealed to alleviate holiday crowding.

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With holiday crowds not subsiding just yet and Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend on the horizon, we’ll cross our fingers to keep entrance bottlenecks at bay.

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Below is a better visual look at concept art for the entrance to get a look at what the completed construction will reveal. We circled the rough area construction walls are blocking in red:

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Further up the path, there is still no access to the bypass walkway that runs from the entrance to The Seas that opened for a bit last week. So, we think it’s safe to say the status of the front of the park will be fluid for a while.

Check back with WDW News Today as we track the progress of EPCOT’s many construction projects.