New beams installed in the former Innoventions East building at EPCOT

Apr 22, 2021 in "EPCOT"

New beams in former Innoventions East building
Posted: Thursday April 22, 2021 10:41am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

New steel beams have been installed over the past couple of days at the former Innoventions East building in EPCOT.

The new beams over the Innoventions East entrance fills in the gap of the overhanging roof structure.

A large crane has been onsite to assist with the work.

This part of the former Innoventions building is expected to become home to food and beverage operations, which will include a new Starbucks, replacement for Electric Umbrella, and more.

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Rich Brownn2 hours ago

The original designed of CommuniCore called for a WedWay on the upper lever going through the building. If they'd only built that the building would probably still be here. *sigh*

co1006423 hours ago

I'm looking forward to when the spine is complete. I really like the theming (well... ascetic is probably a better term since there's not much theming) of Creations Shop and renovated Club Cool. The whole design from the updated color scheme to the fonts is very visually appealing to me and will certainly be better than what was better than before. Still, it seems like with this whole Epcot 2.0 (3.0? 4.0?) project, all we got was a reshuffling of existing spaces. Club Cool got moved, Starbucks got moved, the Play pavilion seems like a more kid-centric Innoventions which swapped places with the Festival Center. With so much empty space in the previous buildings, I would have hoped for more than a Moana walkthrough to fill those gaps. In my made up armchair imagineering, I would have taken the Tron coaster concept, keep the design/theming, but modify the track layout to travel through parts of the Communicore buildings (maybe have the attraction queue/entrance take over Wonders of Life or Energy).

wedenterprises1 day ago

That is why he's my avatar.

Thelazer1 day ago

This SO MUCH!!!!! ^^^^^ THIS !!!!!

G00fyDad1 day ago

Do we know for a fact that they are leaving it this color?

Father Robinson1 day ago

A lot more of Innoventions has been painted. Only a small strip of the multi-colored swatches remains.

sedati1 day ago

A big grey mesa of nothing in particular.

wdwmagic2 days ago

Here is a fly by from the monorail today

kpilcher4 days ago

Few people in history understood the psychology of color as well as John Hench.

James Alucobond5 days ago

While effusive praise is not warranted, the idea that the original Imagineers got everything right, that the new ones are just now realizing that, and that everything in between the original build and the reversion was a mistake is very much rooted in hindsight. We're simply at a fortuitous moment when a lot of styles popular at the time have come back into vogue and reversion happens to generally be the right decision from an aesthetic standpoint. There will come a time in the not-so-distant future when the gray of CommuniCore is once more seen as sad and tired and will be splashed over with a series of different hues, and that decision won't necessarily be wrong in the moment either. This is not to say that there aren't decisions I disagree with, just that it's easy to see why people are excited about the changes since they are probably less concerned with the history and more with how the updates mesh with current sensibilities.

HauntedPirate5 days ago

I find it fascinating how many people absolutely gush over some of what Disney has done in this park, yet are completely ignorant of the fact that what they are loving is, in fact, what the park used to look like. It's like independent thinking has gone out the window in favor of reading an Instagram post and accepting it as indisputable truth. Hmm... actually, that's what a wide swath of today's society does. You can see the results every day. 🤦‍♂️

trainplane35 days ago

Well, you're right there. I still laugh at how the bits they're getting right is really just reverting to the original design with slight tweaks to them. It says a lot about 80's WED vs 201X WDI. It's not even an argument of "the 80's were better". The 90's overhauls really did mess things up.

Disstevefan15 days ago

I am disappointed the symmetry of future world is lost. If I were in charge, all the buildings would have remained in tact and they would have been gutted and redesigned on the inside, adding, changing the venues on the inside.

marni19715 days ago

A fascinating mix of getting some things pretty much spot on then making a complete balls up of the rest of it.