(UPDATED 11/5/19): This is a construction update for the Epcot Entrance renovation for November 2019. Disney announced its plans for the new Epcot Entrance renovation earlier this year and construction is now well underway. The Leave a Legacy monoliths have been demolished and today we’re going to look at all the work and latest updates about the new 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 underway at the Epcot entrance now…
How quickly things change even in a couple of weeks. Since our last look at the Epcot entrance construction, we’ve see the new Tram drop-off open and a new, much more convenient bag check appear on the scene. Let’s take a look…
Here we can see an overview of the Epcot entrance starting with the East and West parking lots on the right, monorail station in top middle with the new tram drop-off to the right of that and the park entrance to the left:
Probably the thing I’m most excited for with this whole Epcot entrance update is the faster bag check when getting into the park. Before it would take forever to go through, especially at midday. Now however the Epcot bag check has moved under the monorail, greatly speeding up the whole process:
This is working for whoever comes by monorail. No more double bag check if you arriving by monorail! 🙂
Next we see the new Tram Loop open at the entrance:
The tram loop is opening in phases and this is the West loop now functional. The East loop is being worked on next and will still take some time.
Here is the front of the West tram loop which you can see has recently been finished. Look at that shiny new pavement!
Now if only the would update the trams a bit to look more modern…
Wondering how to get to the new tram? Here is a look from above at the loading area for the West tram. If arriving in tram you can’t get to the new bag check yet, you have to still use the one indicated by the middle arrow:
Now that we’re past the bag check, let’s move into the park. Here is an aerial of the inside of Epcot, just past the ticket turnstiles:
As you can see the East side of the entrance is still behind construction walls for the transformation that it’s undergoing. Last time we saw the footings being poured for the foundations and that work has progressed nicely:
To the left of the above picture you can see the preparation for the new pavement is being lain. The old one was a more reddish color while from the concept art the new pavement looks part white and part grey. We’ll have to see when it gets moving along.
A wall is being built around the monorail support, and again from the concept art we can see there are triangular boxes in that position filled with flowers and plants which should look beautiful when finished.
In another part of the Epcot entrance we can see conduit being run under the ground which will be used for utilities (lights, water) throughout the entrance once complete.
For the amount of work that needs to be done for this project, I’d say things are going along pretty smoothly. Work only started in May and they’ve already pulled down all the Leave a Legacy monoliths, and are at a good point with this half for the new pavement.
That’s it for now, but keep checking back for more updates from the Epcot entrance project and all the construction currently going on at Epcot.
Keep scrolling down to see the various phases and progression of the Epcot Entrance construction.
It’s been about a month since our last update for the Epcot Entrance construction and a lot has changed since September. Since then much progress has been made on the new tram loop, plus work on where the garden areas will be at the entrance. Let’s take a look:
The monorail is a great place to see all the work in Epcot, and right under the monorail we see the construction fence which goes around the perimeter:
All under and around the monorail station are new pathways being laid and new trees planted. Here are some new trees being put in by the Monorail exit:
Disney has a nursery which grows all the plants, trees and bushes that are planted on property, and these look like they’ve been growing for a while now:
From the monorail we get a glimpse of the new tram turnaround and drop-off area just outside the entrance to Epcot:
This one serves the main and west side of the parking lot. Notice the fresh concrete surface:
Moving up closer to the entrance this is right in front, and will be the main entrance for guests arriving from the parking lot:
Lots more trees being planted here too:
The most beautiful part of the new Epcot entrance will be the gardens that greet you once inside the park. Here we can see a couple weeks ago, concrete forms being prepped for some of those gardens:
Here is some concept art from the Epcot Experience exhibit, which shows what those gardens will look like. Look down towards the bottom:
You can see those boxes being built:
Now a couple weeks later, those areas are starting to take shape even more with a triangular one around the footing for the monorail, and a larger one in front of that:
This side will still take months to complete, and when it is finished workers will then wall off the other side and start over there.
Keep scrolling down to see even more of the previous construction progress, especially the Leave a Legacy demolition. Stay tuned for more updates soon…
Lots of new stuff has been going on with the construction of the Epcot Entrance area including the Leave a Legacy monoliths demolished, the entrance fountain refurbished and the new bus area arrival. Let’s take a look:
We start out in the front of Epcot where work is being done on the Epcot tram drop-off:
This is the new turn-around where the tram will bring guests up to the entrance to the park:
Looks like the ground is getting smoothed out and getting ready for paving.
The construction continues up to under the Monorail station:
This whole area is getting a new floor. Could this be where the Leave a Legacy plaques are getting transferred to? It will be just outside the entrance, but we will have to wait and see just where…
This is the new floor being installed on the bus side of the entrance:
Cement is being poured here:
As we look down underneath the monorail station the ground is still being prepared:
Guests from the trams and buses will pass through here:
Conduit and piping are still being run through the beginning section:
Outside towards the buses bulldozers are preparing the land for further construction, though this part is a bit further off:
Some tubes which look like they are for water:
Now let’s take a look inside the park at the Epcot entrance:
The left side when you enter is still totally behind construction walls and you can see the Leave a Legacy monoliths are no more:
New piping is being installed underground to support all the plants in the new entrance which will be like a garden:
The flower bed that used to greet guests has also been torn up in the middle of the entrance:
While the rest of the floor is torn up too. This is different from the other side that left the old floor in place and just took out the monoliths. My guess is that they are replacing this whole side and preparing it for how it looks in the concept art and leaving the other side as the walking path until this side is done.
Then you’ll see the walls go back to the other side to do the same:
Heading toward the fountain you can see it’s been turned off and stripped:
A look around the opposite side reveals more tubing in the distance and trees behind the walls:
Heavy machinery is in use with bobcats and bulldozers hard at work:
That’s it for now, but stay tuned as we’ll keep updating this post for more progress on the new Epcot entrance soon!
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 and the new 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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