Epcot has always been a park that was designed around change and “what’s next. However, with what has already been announced and what could be in just a few weeks at the D23 Expo, it will be in a state of flux for at least the next few years. Today, we take a look around both Future World and World Showcase at the “Walls of Epcot.” Of course the walls aren’t just limited to in the park, with the new tram drop off and security check moving out beyond the Monorail station guests are welcomed right away with their first wall and as you can see from the Monorail ramp the work is extensive reaching from one side of the old tram drop off area all the way to the other.
Heading toward the park, the next WoE (Wall of Epcot) guests pass by is a small one that is in front of one of the largest buildings — the future home to the Guardians of the Galaxy family coaster.
The main entrance is now only half the touchpoints it was as the wall goes up around the remaining “Leave a Legacy” monoliths as well as the center planter. With under a month until the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival stats, hopefully this will move fast and the entire entrance area will be available as guests flood the park.
With the Innoventions buildings removals are set to be one of the biggest changes to Future World, a few WoE have popped up behind Innoventions West near The Seas with Nemo and Friends and behind Mouse Gears.
The next set of WoE are both for attractions we know are coming soon: the Guardians of the Galaxy family coaster and the Play Pavilion both on the east side of Future World.
Heading into World Showcase, work is being done on the Rose Garden path next to Journey Into Imagination with Figment and has now expanded to include the are for the F&W booths and a reconfiguring of the existing walkway to help with the traffic flow.
As we head around World Showcase, not much work is happening from Mexico side until you reach The American Adventure, where work on the new Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue is happening. And, on the other side where the F&W booth is, there are walls a plenty.
Moving right along, France is the next area we find the WoE with the Disney•Pixar’s “Ratatouille”-inspired attraction as well as F&W both sides of the country pavilion is flanked by work.
Crossing over the bridge to the United Kingdom Pavilion, we can see more work being done not only on the “Ratatouille” attraction but also the new International Gateway entrance to help accommodate the increased flow from the Disney Skyliner.
Canada is where we will end our tour of the great Walls of Epcot, with work well underway for the beautification of the rock work that makes up the backdrop of the Pavilio. Also. with the recent temporary closure of “O’Canada” for enhancements, this area has by far the most visible activity going on in the park.
With just a few weeks till the D23 Expo, anything could end up changing, so stick with us for updates as we get closer. Here is a weekly Monorail ride through Future World with a good look at the entrance work and pathway construction behind Club Cool:
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