Today we stopped by the Canada Pavilion in EPCOT to get an updated look at the construction that began there earlier this month.
Canada Pavilion Partially Blocked
Construction began earlier this month at the Canada Pavilion when scaffolding, scrim, and construction walls went up on one side of the Hotel du Canada façade.
A construction wall has been erected just next to the Trading Post within Canada Pavilion in World Showcase at EPCOT. This wall blocks access to the higher tiers of the pavilion space.
Scaffolding, metal platforms, and scrim tower several floors up the side of Hotel du Canada, preparing a safe space for construction crews to refresh the building’s exterior.
Scrim is only around the bottom of the scaffolding, which reaches all the way up to the towers of the building.
Disney describes Hotel du Canada as follows:
Your journey “north” to the Canada pavilion includes a spectacular tribute to the nation’s natural wonders, such as the majestic Rocky Mountains, a 30-foot waterfall, and beautifully landscaped grounds that are inspired by Victoria’s Butchart Gardens. But you simply can’t miss one of the more striking man-made landmarks in the pavilion: the Hotel du Canada, inspired by the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. The hotel was commissioned by railroad magnate Charles Melville Hays, who was extending his Grand Trunk Pacific Railway west, and envisioned several deluxe hotels along the route. The hotel was impeccably furnished within and boasted a façade that featured Italian marble, Indiana limestone, and a copper roof. One hundred and five years after its grand opening, the Chateau Laurier is still welcoming guests to this day.
Part of the walkway around the rocky structures of the Canada pavilion is blocked off during construction.
The gardens in the Canada Pavilion are still accessible, as is the entrance to the Le Cellier Steakhouse. The entrance of Le Cellier is a different color scheme than the rest of the structure. Since this has not historically been the case, it is possible the building will be repainted. This has not been officially announced or confirmed, though.
This construction at the Canada Pavilion is presumably for general maintenance.
Other Construction Projects in EPCOT
In addition to the refurbishment work being done in Canada Pavilion, several other construction projects are in progress or nearly wrapping up.
World Celebration is currently under construction and when finished, it will serve as the primary hub for the entire park. It will feature new nighttime lights, exhibition spaces, music venues, and room for food kiosks intended to expand festival opportunities at EPCOT and promote an ethos of community. This will all be split between CommuniCore Hall, a flexible indoor space, and CommuniCore Plaza — an outdoor event space. A new Mickey & Friends character meet-and-greet is also set to debut.
According to Disney, the new space in World Celebration will also feature gardens and a restful seating area:
World Celebration will offer a beautiful hub divided into several different gardens, with a central planter based on the five-ring EPCOT logo. Filled with ample seating and shade, you’ll be invited to connect with one another and the nature around you in this lush new area. Each of these gardens will have their own identities, and they’ll change along with the festivals throughout the year.
A new statue will also be installed in an area known as Dreamers Point, with Walt Disney resting upon some steps and gazing upon the final idea he conceived and began developing before his passing.
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