New backstage gate installed at former EPCOT Future World bypass

Feb 27, 2024 in "EPCOT"

New backstage gate at former EPCOT Future World bypass
Posted: Tuesday February 27, 2024 10:52am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

A new backstage gate has been installed at the former Future World bypass walkway in EPCOT's World Celebration.


 

The walkway was used as one of two main entrances into the park during the construction of the World Celebration Gardens.

One of the entrances, near the Spaceship Earth restrooms, now has a new gate installed to allow backstage access.

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Sir_Cliff25 minutes ago

Honestly, I think the energy and the hype disappeared pretty quickly from this project. They released the revised plans with very little fanfare once the two storey building was axed, and Zac was put out to pasture which also put an end to all the social media posts. My personal view is that they have missed another opportunity to truly re-think Epcot, but at this point they seem to be (slowly) limping to the finish line with little enthusiasm.

Epcot82Guy5 hours ago

I understand your sentiment. And I think you may have nailed it right here. The big issue is the amount of time, energy and hype that has gone into the park. To create something that seems fine or nice enough. I agree there is a lot of rehashing. The challenge is, for people who really enjoyed what WDI used to create, it's tougher to get excited for a lot of these. So, you slip into negativity. IMHO the company is really struggling with its size, an overinflated management team getting in the way of creative, and a corporate attempt to be safe and inoffensive - while also potentially over relying on data. They are trying to run parks like you run a shopping experience and/or theatrical experience. Physical spaces require a different form of vision and creation. And, I think some of us see that in many of the projects. Again, I can completely understand your point. And, I think complaining should always involve suggestions for improvement. You can never please everyone, and it's clear Disney doesn't care about message boards beyond being a free advertising source. But, for people who love what the company used to do, it's the only space that exists for that hope. I think that may underly a lot of what you are seeing.

ToTBellHop5 hours ago

I don’t honestly have the patience to wade through all of these absolutely remarkable posts, so can someone tell me if they have fixed the color changing lights around the central planter?

Moth5 hours ago

I think it's perfectly adequate and there are bigger sores in EPCOT as of now. I think it serves an alright job even if I think the Walt statue is a smidge tacky. I think the extra greenery makes the park feel more 'alive' at least.

retr0gate5 hours ago

Right, that's been my attitude towards the whole thing. It's not the most groundbreaking thing in the world but it doesn't really need to be? There are far worse things in current EPCOT to be upset about

Moth5 hours ago

I think I miss the pin-trading purple canopies (is that what they were?) but like, other than that from what I can see? It's fine. It's okay.

retr0gate6 hours ago

Not to beat a dead horse but what's frustrating for most members here (including myself) isn't that people have negative opinions of the new central plaza - that's their prerogative. It's that that we have to scroll through the same comments over and over that provide little to no value to the overall conversation. Instead of making the same unfunny joke for the 5th time in a row, maybe use that energy to provide valid criticism of why you don't like the new hub. I like it from the photos I've seen so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing it in person for the first time next week. I do agree that it leaves a bit to be desired, but we have a pretty solid foundation now if they ever choose to expand upon it (without needing to wall off the entire center of the park again). Whatever way you look at it, this area is in a much better position than it was 10 years ago.

Disstevefan16 hours ago

Think of this space mobbed with queues of folks for both food booths. EPCOT today is all about food festivals selling $7-$12 food samples...

Horizonsfan8 hours ago

Typically on a site amenity project like this, outside of the actual new structure, the earthwork to regrade the area & utility construction costs are going to eat a lot of budget. Even more so than custom cast stone wall finish, a new statue or the visible light fixtures. Though those cost a pretty penny too.

wdrive9 hours ago

People only ‘hate’ stuff because they love it to begin with. Feel free to engage in conversation with any of these posters and ask specifics instead of a blanket statement saying no one is allowed to say anything negative

Disney Analyst16 hours ago

Some people should send their complaints directly to Disney, instead of beating a now very dead and pulverized horse on these boards, it’s practically a glue factory in here at this point. You’re making the same comments over, and over again. We get it. You hate it. Enjoy Vegas. Enjoy visiting gorgeous airports. Respect your fellow board members and stop repeating yourself.

Cmdr_Crimson16 hours ago

So, is this a place for fictional horned horses to party?

DreamfinderGuy17 hours ago

Lol that's poor phrasing on my part - I meant those are likely the most expensive elements of the central plaza area. In my head I was ignoring CommuniCore and focusing just on the new walkways.

lazyboy97o18 hours ago

You think a statue costs more than a building?