PHOTOS - Fountain of Nations, Starbucks, Club Cool and the original Character Spot now behind construction walls

Sep 09, 2019 in "EPCOT"

Fountain of Nations, Character Spot, Starbucks closures
Posted: Monday September 9, 2019 9:50am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The first round of closures are now in effect at Epcot, the first phase that will see a complete redevelopment of Future World.

Fountain of Nations is now drained and behind construction walls.

It isn't clear yet if the fountain will remain, although the new area will feature plenty of water features.

Club Cool is now closed behind the walls, but will ultimately be relocated on the other side in what is currently Innoventions East.

Character Spot is closed, with a new location setup in another part of Innoventions West.

Inside the new Character Spot, guests can continue to meet Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Mickey Mouse in-front of Epcot themed backgrounds.

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WondersOfLife13 hours ago

Fair enough.

Father Robinson14 hours ago

Disney World was closed for just over 100 days. Construction resumed soon after the reopening. Now given the "circumstances" of the pandemic, my point was I understand that due to the closure, naturally everything else would be delayed, however, even with the 100+ day closure, it seems strange that it is still taking them longer than it did for them to build and open the park than it is to finish the construction projects they presently are undertaking. I hope that's clear enough.. And if we're going to blame the pandemic, I'll also point out that Guardians began construction in August of 2017, which if my math is correct was more than 2 years before the closure, and it still isn't close to being done. So..yeah, build and open a park in exactly 3 years in the early 1980s vs not even finishing a rollercoaster in the same amount of time in the 2020s.

owlsandcoffee15 hours ago

I think you're being a bit uncharitable, Wonders. It's a fun observation, that's all.

WondersOfLife16 hours ago

I have no idea, because it renders the rest of the post useless.

Father Robinson23 hours ago

Why do you think I said "I know, (circumstances)... ??

WondersOfLife23 hours ago

Dang... the huge pandemic of 1980 must not have mattered to the Walt Disney Company back then.

aladdin20071 day ago

they can bring nightmares to life, and that's exactly what they are doing with the dismantling.

DoleWhipDrea1 day ago

If they can dream it, they can dismantle EPCOT piece by piece.

DCBaker1 day ago

DCBaker1 day ago

mandstaft1 day ago

Oh what they can do when they really want to! :)

Father Robinson1 day ago

You know, it just occurred to me, it took EXACTLY 3 years to build and open the entire EPCOT Center park. We're now approaching the 2 year mark and just the spine is still a pile of dirt. I know, (circumstances).. just find this unsettlingly ironic .

atighe425 days ago

I mean, yeah. Maybe they’ll be doing some paint refreshes, who knows? I’d consider it still a refresh with updates and cleaner signage.

WondersOfLife6 days ago

I thought they were just replacing signs