PHOTOS - Work slowly resumes on the demolition of the EPCOT central core

Aug 27, 2020 in "EPCOT"

EPCOT Future World core demolition - August 27 2020
Posted: Thursday August 27, 2020 11:58am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Demolition work appears to be back underway on the central core at EPCOT, although at a vastly reduced pace.

From spending some time around the area, most of the site appears to be inactive, but a handful of workers are present. Sounds can be heard inside some of the buildings, but it is difficult to isolate specific locations. Visually, workers can be seen using metal cutting torches on the upper areas of Mouse Gear.

The plans for the area remain uncertain, as Disney grapples with reopening the parks amid COVID-19 and balancing expenditure. Our most recent information suggests that the plans for the eastern side, which includes the former Mouse Gear, Electric Umbrella and Innoventions remain unchanged and will go ahead with new merchandise and food & beverage lcoations. However, the western side seems much more uncertain, with Disney already suggesting that the multi level festival building has been abandoned. The fate of the still standing Communicore building remains unclear.

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tparris44 minutes ago

Tonight I will

wbostic1245 minutes ago

Do you have any video or pictures of that? I haven’t been back since October 21, so I haven’t seen it yet.

Virtual Toad1 hour ago

I had the same thought as well. Looking at it from the air makes it seem as if 90% of guests will use the outer paths only. Taking what was once a spacious kinetic plaza and turning it into an area prone to bottlenecks and congestion. One of the reasons it looks more like an urban park designed by outsiders and thrown into a theme park, as opposed to being developed organically from a theme park operations/design perspective.

The Moles Family1 hour ago

So what do we reckon for the Communicore Building to be complete? March/April? This re-work of the central hub has been painfully long for whats just landscaping but I now hope that all 4 parks shouldn't be prone to such large closures going forward. Any future work in Epcot shouldn't affect the guest experience too much. They won't but Imagine Pavillion & Wonders of Life need to be the focus now to add/help with capacity.

MrPromey1 hour ago

Yeah, one could argue it provided more of a guest experience than the new greenery which, while nice is simply something that not only replaces that as a bottleneck but also removes additional space in the central spine for guest flow. That'll all look nice to walk past during the day as people head to attractions - the things to do and watch like the music synced fountain show was part of - but I suspect that, while an improvement over the not-so-temporary wall experience, it'll be a loss in efficiency when it comes to the crowds exiting the park after the new nighttime show from what had been there previously.

Virtual Toad1 hour ago

Honest question: did Disney do all the creative work on this plan themselves? Or were outside consultants brought in? Asking because the (nearly) finished product seems very similar to several recent downtown/urban renewal projects that feature prominent green spaces and opportunities for "activation."

lazyboy97o2 hours ago

To what end? There’s no payoff. No connection to a larger idea, a theme. Nor does it provide orientation to the land, something this project was supposed to address.

UNCgolf2 hours ago

The water show synchronized to music was a really nice plus to the area that's now lacking.

Jambo Dad2 hours ago

I did. Teat out the stage that was built around it, adjust Journey of Water to fit, and don't tear down communicore just to rebuild it because they realized it was a stupid idea. That alone would have perhaps freed up enough for the Spaceship Earth upgrades.

Disney Analyst2 hours ago

I mean, I like a water feature myself, but I never found the fountain of nations particularly interesting enough to lament its loss 😅

MrPromey3 hours ago

"More trees" is, after all, the Iger creative touch!

Andrew C3 hours ago

Its okay...this is a safe space.

Incomudro3 hours ago

Count me in as one of those, it's not some type of fetish to like fountains. Fountains are quite a popular thing for people since Roman times, and were thought important enough for Disney to create the Fountain of Nations.

Incomudro3 hours ago

The new building is more than a simple meet and greet now. It's going to be open on both sides, with lots of possibilities for use. I find it to be a vast improvement, and very much prefer it to them having left the structure as it was.