PHOTOS - Construction walls down at EPCOT reveal new main entrance fountain

Dec 22, 2020 in "EPCOT"

EPCOT main entrance fountain completed
Posted: Tuesday December 22, 2020 7:09am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Guests arriving at EPCOT today received an early Christmas gift and got to see a wall-free main entrance and the new EPCOT fountain.

Three acrylic pylons, each standing over 16 feet tall and featuring the park’s logo, surround the fountain.

Click the gallery for more pictures of the new EPCOT main entrance fountain.

Also new at the main entrance are EPCOT themed utility covers.

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Brenthodge5 minutes ago

TRUE, but I think it just became even MORE obvious at EPCOT because those experiences HAD to be updated or they were out of date - information and content wise. Other parks may have had attractions that were threadbare or in need of refreshing, but they were designed to be "timeless" so it wasn't as obvious as with attractions designed to be TIMELY.

flynnibus13 minutes ago

This mindset really has little to do with EPCOT. Disney was doing this with sponsorships across the board. By the 70s Disney was no longer the guy begging to borrow money but was in the position to charge for access to itself. Be it Disneyland, MK, or the new EPCOT - this was common place. Disney riding attractions out long after they are stale while they hunt for a new sponsor was not an EPCOT problem at all - it was a Disney problem. Addicted to free money.

HauntedPirate6 hours ago

I’m sure I’ll look up whilst walking under SSE, hopefully later this year, see the lights and say, “Seamless!”. 😂

Disney Analyst6 hours ago

They really look totally fine. I'll be interested to see what the in person view is like for the lower ones, but they really don't seem too noticeable.

wdwmagic8 hours ago

Not sure exactly when the last batch was added, but here were almost 30 there last week.

UNCgolf9 hours ago

Which makes sense, because EPCOT has gotten consistently worse since the late 90s. Soarin' is the only positive change they made in the last 20 years (at least off the top of my head; there could be some others). Although I'm not a fan of what they're doing now, at least they're finally doing something beyond just letting it rot.

Nunu9 hours ago

That was fast! I stood underneath staring up at it last night, and couldn't find any.

cgersic11 hours ago

I didn't see it during the day, but at night, I had to tear myself away from the area. Love it!!

MisterPenguin11 hours ago

Those numbers graphically...

marni197111 hours ago

I wrote this in another thread. I think it’s as applicable here too.

Brenthodge11 hours ago

Wow, now if they would only ask you how you’d like them to spend their money, then we would be set! Bet they wish they had asked you first. (I do) seriously though, I do like the way you think and I’m sorry I ‘take you to task’ but you when pushed come up with well formed, intelligent arguments instead of just chanting like the “never change” crowd. Got what it’s worth, I agree with almost everything you say. No reason PLAY isn’t in a building designed for that type of experience (communicore) in an area about celebration, imagination and story telling. Festival center isn’t in the area about learning and DISCOVERY and Energy isn’t given the real, relevant refresh it needs for such a “now” topic.

FerretAfros11 hours ago

Except it's not about the money, it's about the how they're spending it. The money they're currently ponying up is more than enough to put things back on the right track, but it's being spent in a way that both moves the park further away from what made it unique and successful, and will also leave the park feeling incomplete when the work is done. Take for example The Seas with Nemo and Friends, which opened in 2007. It's based on the popular and successful 2003 film, which had a popular and successful sequel in 2016. By all accounts, it fits the "timeless, relevant, family, Disney" direction that the current renovations are following. And yet, it hasn't been a major draw to the park since shortly after it opened 14 years ago. Is this really an improvement over a more classical Epcot approach? At best, most guests seem to use it as a way to burn their third FP+ reservation, as a forgettable diversion on their way to do something else. A park filled with attractions like this would fail to draw guests away from the other 3 parks, because it adds nothing new to your multi-day vacation; it's just more of the same, executed at a poor-to-middling level. Why bother going to Epcot when Magic Kingdom does the same thing, but better? Instead of spending the money to spruce up the existing attractions in the park and turn them into worthwhile experiences, they're largely being ignored. Meanwhile, they're spending enormous sums of money to build new attractions that likely won't resonate with guests 15 years from now, and the existing attractions will be even more dated and forlorn by then. Instead of adapting the existing multi-use infrastructure for a new purpose, they're demolishing it and building expensive replacements that aren't as flexible. Instead of giving the whole park a meaningful update, they're dumping huge piles of cash in a couple spots and ignoring the rest. As with almost all of Epcot's history, it's not the money that's the problem, it's how it is spent. Even after riding the notoriously "cheap"-seeming Imagination 2.0 redo, Michael Eisner furiously wanted to know where all the money had gone, because its budget was far greater than the result would imply. By all accounts, they're spending enough money that they could make a really positive difference for the park; however, the way that money is being spent leaves very little to show for it.

lazyboy97o15 hours ago

After they received significant investment after being allowed to flounder in the case of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and tread water in the case of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And Expedition Everest was a better investment than the more recent ones with a much lower cost per new person in attendance.