PHOTOS - Leave a Legacy now completely removed on the western side

Jun 24, 2019 in "EPCOT"

Leave a Legacy western side removed
Posted: Monday June 24, 2019 9:28am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The western side of Leave a Legacy at Epcot's main entrance is now completely removed as part of the new Epcot main entrance redesign.

Until the new entrance is completed, the area is a rather strange open expanse of concrete, with the old Leave a Legacy footers and lighting still in place.

New pathways, sweeping green spaces and a newly reimagined fountain will all be part of the new look, and as part of this new entry experience, Leave A Legacy photos will move into a new setting just outside the park’s gateway. While the photos will be staying, the granite columns will not be part of the new display.

Construction is taking place in phases, and the new Leave a Legacy will be ready in 2020. Work will be moving on to removing the east side Leave a Legacy later in the year.

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Brenthodge7 hours ago

Well stated. I was lucky enough to have experienced that “mistake”, and loved that “mistake”, but am clear headed enough to realize that yes, it was an experiment, experience, and product, not of even it’s time, but of about a decade before. It was amazing, but our world has changed. I do think there are more elements of its original ideals that could be included in its reimagining, but I totally see the why they are doing what they are doing.

lazyboy97o8 hours ago

Go on continuing to ignore that EPCOT Center was profitable and helped keep the entire company in the black.

MisterPenguin10 hours ago

OR... they thought the original sponsors would shell out a hundred million dollars or more every 10 years to keep the ride fresh just so they can have their name on the attraction. Over in World Showcase, sponsorship worked because sponsors were running restaurants and shops and making money. In Future World, sponsorship was very very expensive passive advertising.

sedati10 hours ago

There's a reason the original proposal for World Showcase (at the TTC) had over thrity countries and EPCOT Center opened with eight. The fundamental financial structure for this massive undertaking had proven deeply flawed before a single shovel hit the dirt. Of those eight, only three had attractions. Of those, only one had a proper ride and that was scaled down and screen dependant. Shops and resturaunts did abound however- Paul Pressler learned his dirty tricks somewhere after all. But surely once the park was open and everyone saw the great success and value of those investments, others would be eager to join in. Surely... The park was a glorious mistake. If you were lucky enough to see it in it's early days, treasure that mistake, but stop expecting it to happen again in a similar manner. Expect greatness- insist on it, but you're not ever getting 1982 back. IMHO

UNCgolf12 hours ago

They probably do -- haven't watched any of them recently. I think the most recent one I watched was World of Motion but it was several months ago.

HauntedPirate12 hours ago

Right, I knew what you were referring to. :) Martin's videos on the original EPCOT Center rides usually make mention of the ability to replace content, IIRC. :)

UNCgolf13 hours ago

Oh sure. I only meant actually replacing the ride or completely overhauling its content.

HauntedPirate13 hours ago

I’d have to think they they planned for the ride systems to be maintained as well. Or at least I hope they did. 40 years for SSE’s Omnimover is at least 10 years too many.

UNCgolf13 hours ago

I assume a lot of that was for the pavilion overall rather than the rides themselves. I think most of the original rides would work fine today other than maybe needing to change the last scene or two. They certainly wouldn't have needed to change the vast majority of World of Motion (which was a vastly superior ride to either incarnation of Test Track), but the whole post-show would have needed an overhaul. On the other hand, closing World of Motion did give us a few more years of Horizons!

marni197114 hours ago

They did. Life expectancy was up to ten years.

bpiper14 hours ago

I find it hard to believe that the designers of Epcot didn't know that their attractions would need periodic refreshing. I would be shocked if they didn't even have a chart projecting what the refresh cycle timeline would be and what parts would need to be changed as they aged and what the projected costs would be. I sure would want to know these things before greenlighting them. The difference is that MGMT at that time understood that its part of the cost of doing business. Just like a local amusement park knows that they need to do a major ride every few years and do small attractions in the off years. If you stop investing, people stop coming. The problem became that the new MGMT, (starting with later Eisner and continuing with Bob Igor) didn't want to do the investment because they just wanted to keep using WDW as the Disney ATM machine. If you have to put back a $20 for every $100 you take out, your not maximizing your withdrawals. When the attendance started to dip, they created the festivals to get people to keep coming. Painting over the rotten wood that was growing. It wasn't until the festivals weren't cutting it anymore, did they realize that they need to put back into the ATM some of those twenties. Compounding the problem is that the type of park that the Imagineers created as Epcot, demanded periodic updating. Magic Kingdom, not so much. Mainly just maintenance and capacity increases. I would say that the studios is similar to Epcot, while AK is more like MK. If you look at what they are putting into IPcot, you can see that its attractions with staying power so that they don't have to replace or highly rework them periodically. I would argue that they have done the same thing at the Studios, but still have some more to do.

sedati15 hours ago

Imagine you had an addition put on your home and it ended up costing far more than planned and ended up being far less than was originally proposed. And if on top of that everything that was meant to last at ten years needed extensive work well before, then you'd be hard-pressed to open your wallet so wide again.

WondersOfLife17 hours ago

Yep. As I said, they just didn’t want to keep up with it.

ImperfectPixie19 hours ago

Absolutely. I've spent much of my life in the sign business...you wouldn't believe what some have looked like after a few years in New England weather even though they look fine from a distance (I once had to repair a wooden sign that was so rotted from the inside-out thanks to construction that allowed water to get inside that I could literally poke my finger through the surface).