Walt Disney Imagineers have been hard at work on EPCOT’s major revamp for years, and most of the fraction of the projects that they are still committed to building are still not done. Still, significant progress is being made, especially at World Celebration, which has become the epicenter of the construction.
Having spent years capturing amazing aerial photography of all areas of the Walt Disney World Resort, @bioreconstruct was able to give a visual update of the EPCOT revamp by showing two pictures side-by-side.
The pictures were taken on February 13, 2023, and May 18, 2019, respectively.
Check it out:
Aerial comparison of EPCOT today Feb 13, 2023 and back on May 18, 2019. pic.twitter.com/9ffCfu5WlE
— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) February 14, 2023
When it was first announced at the 2019 D23 Expo, the EPCOT Revamp was intended for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration with new attractions and a stunning new nighttime spectacular. Well, then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which slowed everything down.
Disney fans still got some of what they were promised. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure was copied from Disneyland Paris Resort and added to the France Pavilion with fantastic reception. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind replaced Ellen’s Energy Adventure in the corner of Future World, now called World Discovery, and became an instant favorite. Harmonious replaced IllumiNations as the fireworks spectacular over World Showcase Lagoon but received a lukewarm reaction.
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2022 brought further clarification from Disney Parks as the Moana-themed Journey of Water attraction is still set to be completed soon in World Nature, a new Walt Disney statue will still be placed in front of Spaceship Earth, and the Play Pavilion is still confirmed to be built. However, other originally announced projects like a Spaceship Earth update and a Mary Poppins-themed attraction for the U.K. Pavilion have been suspended.
While EPCOT’s International Festivals and attractions are still operating in full swing, it is still unclear just when we can expect the construction walls to come down.