(UPDATED 8/3/19): This is a construction update for the Epcot Entrance renovation for August 2019. Disney announced it’s plans for the new Epcot Entrance renovation earlier this year and we were just waiting for construction to begin. Today we’re going to look at the Leave a Legacy monoliths that have been completely demolished on the West Side and the latest news about the Epcot entrance.
Scroll down for the latest construction photos of the Epcot Entrance and Leave a Legacy demolition…
Disney shared the details of this project back in February and we found out that the “Leave a Legacy” monoliths are being removed from the park, and the plaques with the families’ names are going to be relocated outside of the Epcot entrance.
That’s not to say guests won’t be able to see their Leave a Legacy photos anymore. Starting in 2020 they will be relocated in a new display which will have them looking “better than ever.”
In addition Disney is adding way more green to the area with trees dominating the scenery. This coincides with the expansion soon to be going on on the other side of Spaceship Earth with the Fountains of Nations and Club Cool disappearing from Epcot’s Future World. Bye bye Beverly.
Disney also shared its plans for that section and they’re adding a park area with a beer garden, a new festival center and other things. We’ll keep updating you more on those details when they come out.
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Let’s take a look at the construction getting started in the Epcot entrance now…
The West side Leave a Legacy monoliths at the Epcot entrance have been down and covered over now for well over a month without any action on the project. However starting next week the last remaining Leave a Legacy monoliths on the East side are going to be demolished.
Work on the demolition of the last Leave a Legacy monuments is starting August 6 which are located on the left side of the Epcot entrance when entering the park.
No word yet on how long the demolition will take but if it’s anything close to the other side that took about one month to demolish the monoliths and safely cover over the holes for pedestrian traffic to pass through easily. Expect these last ones to be finished by the end of the month/early September before the demolition of Innoventions starts (September 8).
Guests won’t have to worry about ECV, stroller or wheelchair rentals as the rental area will still be available during the construction.
Stay tuned for more updates next week as the construction gets underway…
In our last update we saw the Leave a Legacy monoliths totally demolished on the West Side of the Epcot entrance. The construction hasn’t started on the East Side monoliths yet, but the construction walls are down around the monoliths from the West Side and guests can freely walk over the top of them.
Let’s take a look:
Here is the West Side of the Epcot entrance with the construction walls now down and the area where the Leave a Legacy monoliths were is totally free:
The only remnants of Leave a Legacy are the concrete filled holes where the monoliths were. it’s kind of ironic that everyone always called them tombstones and now it does look like something was buried there….hahahaha!
But that is only one half. Many are wondering when the Leave a Legacy monoliths are going to be demolished on the East Side of the Epcot entrance. It may still be a little while because there are no traces of construction walls up yet around the remaining monoliths.
We’ll keep you updated as soon as construction on this half of the Epcot entrance begins…
Meanwhile just outside the entrance of the park, big work is going on to get guests to the park entrance smoothly. Here is a latest look at the construction there:
Disney is working on major upgrades to the entrances of all 4 theme parks before the 50th anniversary in 2021, so improving the accessibility is a must:
That’s all for this week about the Epcot entrance construction progress. Keep checking back regularly for more updates and scroll down to see some of the previous looks at the Epcot construction:
(NEW PHOTOS 6/24/19):
So last week we showed you the demolition was going on with the Leave a Legacy monoliths on the West Side of the Epcot Entrance, now we’re going to look at when they are getting started on the East Side.
Before we do that though, let’s jump in and take a look at the sidewalk expansion that connects World Showcase to Future World over by the Journey Into Imagination side of Epcot:
This has expanded tremendously since last week and you can see the size and scope of this transformation. This isn’t a simple sidewalk expansion but it’s easily going to be almost 10x as wide as it was before:
Disney hasn’t shared the exact plans for this project, but it looks like that whole side is getting a major renovation which who knows how many dedicated food kiosks and seating areas being installed.
They have to have all this done by August 29 when Food and Wine opens up so we’ll continue to keep an eye out on this moving forward.
Now let’s get to the Epcot entrance. This is where last week the demolition of the Leave a Legacy monoliths was going in in this controlled, fenced-in area. As you can see everything has been cemented over with only the lights on the floor remaining:
This area is on the West Side of the Epcot entrance and it looks like it’s basically safe now for guests to walk over. That means that in the next week this area should be back open to the public to walk on.
In the meantime it means that the demolition of the Leave a Legacy monoliths on the East Side of the Epcot entrance should be starting soon with that area closed off.
We’ll keep you updated on this over the following weeks. Scroll down more to see the evolution of this project…
(NEW PHOTOS 6/9/19):
It’s been a couple weeks since the construction at the Epcot Entrance got started but we’ve seen some big progress and the Leave a Legacy monoliths on the West Side are now completely gone!
Let’s take a look….
Here we have the center of the Epcot entrance, strange not to see any festival decorations up. We call this: “Clean Epcot” and something I personally wish we’d see a whole lot more.
As you can see above, the East Side Leave a Legacy monuments are still intact for the time being. Looking over at the West Side ones though is a different story…
Construction walls are up and not a monolith in sight! If you jump up in the Monorail that circles the Epcot entrance you can see over the walls and that the monoliths are really gone:
There is plywood in place on the ground covering up the massive holes that the Leave a Legacy monuments have left. Don’t want to fall in there! Also there is large construction equipment picking up the pieces:
Here you can get an actual look INSIDE the holes:
I’m pretty sure Disney isn’t going to leave them covered with wood! In fact this area will have new gardens and pathways winding through, so it will certainly be a sight to see!
There is another construction project that just started in Epcot and that’s the widening of the pathway going from the Canada pavilion to Journey Into Imagination:
This pathway is key during the festivals with various kiosks and a beautiful seating area being set up here. That whole area though is being leveled and re-imagined:
It doesn’t look like there will be so many traffic jams on this path in the near future which is great!
Our first shot gives us an aerial look at the Epcot parking lot where some of the fences going up are starting.
The Eastern section of the parking lot is where the majority of the changes (at least at first) are going to be concentrated in.
Now we get our first look at the green fences up around the Epcot entrance perimeter:
Usually Epcot has two trams stops in this part of the parking lot, but the one all the way to the left is now left behind the construction fences leaving us with only one for now:
The fences are highlighted in yellow and serve as the approximate borders of the construction. The building in the center is the Monorail station:
It’s unsure what guests will have to do for security yet if arriving or leaving by monorail, but we’ll keep an eye on that for you!
Moving down to street level we can see the green fence up around the monorail station:
A look at Spaceship Earth behind the fences near the entrance. Guests are being re-routed a bit, but hey, we’re used to that around WDW aren’t we by now? 😜
Lastly we are going to check out the new water management being built along the monorail line:
Those are the updates so far this month, but obviously a lot more is to come soon as things are just getting started! Keep check back here at Ziggy Knows Disney as we’ll continue to update the page…
For more construction updates in Walt Disney World you can check out our reference page with links to all the major ongoing construction projects including new attractions and hotels.
Other Disney World Construction Updates:
- Disney Skyliner Gondola Construction Update (May 2019)
- Magic Kingdom Pathway Behind Cinderella Castle (June 2019) – Concrete Wall Up
- Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Update (May 2019)
- TRON Roller Coaster Update (May 2019) – Track Installed
I want to know what you think about the construction and demolition of the Leave a Legacy monoliths in the Epcot entrance…
- Are you happy about this change?
- What would you like to see in the entrance?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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