PHOTOS: Construction Walls Around Le Cellier Entrance for Canada Pavilion Refurbishment in EPCOT

Shannen Ace

PHOTOS: Construction Walls Around Le Cellier Entrance for Canada Pavilion Refurbishment in EPCOT

Work began at the Canada Pavilion in EPCOT earlier this month for a refurbishment of the Hotel du Canada façade, the tallest structure of the pavilion. Even more scaffolding, scrims, and construction walls have gone up around the building in the past few days.

Canada Pavilion

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Scaffolding reaches up to the pyramid towers of the faux hotel, which is located above Le Cellier Steakhouse.

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Scrim is wrapped around the lowest portions of scaffolding, including right above and around the Le Cellier entrance.

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Le Cellier remains open, guests just have to walk through a short tunnel of construction walls to reach the restaurant.

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No announcements about the refurbishment have been made and it’s likely just general updates to the façade.

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The upper tier of the Canad Pavilion is blocked off due to construction.

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A construction wall blocks the walkway just past the Trading Post gift shop.

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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.

U.K. Pavilion

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Meanwhile, next door, the United Kingdom Pavilion’s restrooms are being refurbished.

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The restrooms closed a few weeks ago and the World ShowPlace restrooms between the U.K. and Canada Pavilions are open in the interim. Green walls are up behind the Shakespeare Garden, part of the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, in front of the restrooms.

EPCOT Construction

EPCOT has gained a reputation as a large construction zone in the past few years as the entire park is revamped. Future World was split into three neighborhoods: World Nature, World Celebration, and World Discovery. World Showcase is the fourth neighborhood.

The center of the park, World Celebration, is where most construction has been concentrated. Electric Umbrella was closed and gutted to become Connections Eatery and Café (Starbucks). MouseGear, the park’s major gift shop, was completely reimagined to become Creations Shop. Club Cool also moved to a new location.

Nearly everything behind Spaceship Earth, including Innoventions, was torn down to create a new garden space, CommuniCore Hall, CommuniCore Plaza, and Dreamers Point.

In World Nature (but taking up some of the World Celebration space), Journey of Water Inspired by “Moana” is under construction. The new walkthrough attraction is near complete and Walt Disney Imagineering has been conducting tests with Cast Members.

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