PHOTOS - A look at the continuing demolition work on EPCOT's central spine

Sep 28, 2020 in "EPCOT"

EPCOT Future World Electric Umbrella demolition - September 23 2020
Posted: Monday September 28, 2020 9:49am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Work is continuing on demolition at the former Electric Umbrella in EPCOT's Future World along with parts of the Mouse Gear store.

The front of the Electric Umbrella is completely gone, leaving a clear view of the back wall still complete with the sign over the top of the registers.

At Mouse Gear, a handful of workers are slowly removing parts of the structure with metal cutting torches. Although work is continuing, it is moving at a much slower pace than before the shutdown in March.

The remaining half of Innoventions West remains largely as it was, although there are sounds of work inside and the site of the demolished half.

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Fear4 days ago

Wasn't aware Starbucks was moving into that building; I thought it was going to remain its outpost until Whatever Happens In The West happens. Good to know.

MisterPenguin4 days ago

It will be a mixed TSR and QS restaurant, so, it will be more than EU was in the past. And while I agree in theory that Ep doesn't need another restaurant, it does need a QS on that side of what was once Future World. Didn't Walt say there should be a QS every 30 feet? ;) Also, Starbucks will move in for their permanent location.

Fear4 days ago

Prevailing opinion 9and correct me if I'm wrong) is that the entire restaurant will be the whole North section of that part of Innoventions, including the portion that was the ad hoc Mousegear location. Mousegear Lite is now closed and can be demoed for this, but I think we're still a ways away from this portion opening. My guess would be spring, ish. That said, Epcot needs a lot of things. Another restaurant really isn't one of them.

mikejs784 days ago

Any word on when the replacement for Electric Umbrella is planned to open?

TikibirdLand9 days ago

Hey! they're not just pushing dirt around. As I pointed out in an earlier post, that's the new attraction: Moana: Journey of Dirt. If that's successful, they'll be selling tickets to the new Land of Moana. They'll be caterpillars, graders, dump trucks and even cement trucks to drive. And, if you get lucky, you might get to help smooth out some newly poured cement. Meet-and-Greet will be with Bob The Builder.

Sir_Cliff9 days ago

I guess there is some analogy in there about Disney spending huge amounts of time and money to knock down the Communicore building on the promise they would build a new, modern Epcot, only to leave the centre of the park a disaster zone for years on end where they just push around the dirt before finally conceding that in the best case scenario they can leave behind a lawn that is at least preferable to the current mess.

SteveAZee10 days ago


MisterPenguin10 days ago

Just hope that no one accidentally says your activation code aloud.

TikibirdLand10 days ago

I don't know why I keep reading that as Taliban.

SteveAZee10 days ago


mightynine10 days ago

I'd imagine the lead time on a product like that means the table was still, um, on the table when it was sent to be manufactured. I wouldn't read that much into it.

MisterPenguin10 days ago

It may be resurrected. Which is why WDW switched from a less ambitious Festival Center to a "festival area." That would allow Tabilion to still get built.

James Alucobond10 days ago

I do find it interesting that, if the table is totally, uh, off the table, they haven’t scrubbed all references to it. Isn’t the pavilion logo supposed to be a stylized version of the table leg? It’s still showing up on merchandise like the puzzle at Creations.

Poseidon Quest10 days ago

If I had to guess? Probably more pathways and lawn space for food booths.