PHOTOS - Western side flag poles installed beside Spaceship Earth as main entrance improvements continue

Feb 26, 2021 in "EPCOT"

EPCOT main entrance west flag poles
Posted: Friday February 26, 2021 2:34pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The second set of flag poles were installed overnight at EPCOT on the western side of Spaceship Earth, bringing the total to twelve.

Although all the poles are now in place, there are not yet have any flags on display. Each pole is a brushed stainless steel appearance and lit from below with color changing programmable LED lights.

Expectations are that pavilions of EPCOT will be represented on the flags.

The new flags are part of the ongoing redevelopment of the park's main entrance, which will continue with the addition of new lighting for the exterior of Spaceship Earth.

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CastAStone43 minutes ago

Are we still taking about the polka dots on SSE?

marni19712 hours ago

Let’s have a coffee whilst we look over them then. We can share opinion.

WillWrambles2 hours ago

I have the slight benefit of being local, so while I may get to see them first, it doesn’t mean much on your opinion.

marni19714 hours ago

Don’t you worry I will. When they let me. “Look”’is half the problem. Blocked sight lines are the other. Although I also trust the opinion of a lot of local friends and cast who’ve given me theirs too. I know how big these things are. I’ve seen what they look like close up.

WillWrambles4 hours ago

I’m implying Martin, and by extention everyone else on the boards, including me, needs to do that. So yeah, I will.

peter114354 hours ago

Why not just wait until you’re at Epcot and form your own opinion?

WillWrambles4 hours ago

I‘m just gonna wait for you yourself to show up to EPCOT and see how they look. Then we’ll see.

Father Robinson5 hours ago

These things remind me of the robot, "Jinx" from the 1986 film, "Space Camp".

Father Robinson5 hours ago

Problem is, we all KNOW they're there. It would be more work to try NOT to notice them. And of close the closer we get to SSE, the more obvious they'll be. Cripes, standing underneath, it'll probably seem like you could simply jump up and slap one of them on.

Lil Copter Cap19 hours ago

Clearly, they are noticeable enough to get attention (re: photos here on wdwmagic and elsewhere), but they plug the open holes that currently exist on the outside structure and I welcome this change. Dare I say that they add a more complete look than leaving the holes open/exposed? Once entirely distributed amongst the structure, it will bring cohesion in visual design as opposed to the current holes that are comprised of either a blackhole, inner support beams, or chipped points from the triangles. (Which I recognize is another conversation entirely on upkeep, or the lack thereof.)

Amused to Death19 hours ago

We'll have to see how visible the lights are on the bottom section. Some of the wiring looks a little sloppy, too.

kevlightyear21 hours ago

You can think of it as a trade-off between sacrificing the look of the structure for the pay-off of the effect. If the effect is good enough, the sacrifice is worth it. This is all subject to personal opinion of course. If you see the lights as objectionable under any circumstances, then no effect is worth it. But I think the general public will find the sacrifice minimal and the pay-off remarkable. It's not too dissimilar from the cinderella castle dream lights. The effect is cool enough (for most people?) that it's worth draping the castle in trashy wires for a few months. Those lights look dreadful up close during the day, but blend in better from far away. Also similarly, adding these lights to SSE isn't physically destructive so removing them will be an easier affair whenever that time comes. I'm really excited to see these lights in action.

marni197121 hours ago

Again, that’s opinion.

DisneyJayL21 hours ago

I was really upset with these lights that are being put on. Now that I have seen them in the proper setting, it really doesn’t look bad at all. Maybe it is just me!?! I think.