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News Improvements coming to the entrances of all four Walt Disney World theme parks

bpiper

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I was already running behind for a TS, the Epcot monorail being down 40 minutes started day off late, so by the time I was done with the security clown I just wanted to get my food. You'd think a feminine product would be a sign for security not to test someones patience lol.
My Wife has found that when she has a feminine product in her purse, as soon as the security guy sees it, he closes up the purse and says "Your all set".... If its on top, he goes no further....
 

ThatMouse

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I hope they finally make a decision and finish this whole area. It was always a parking lot converted into 4 or 5 different things with chain link fences and barriers. I always come out of Poly thinking "can we still go thru here??"
 

BoarderPhreak

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My Wife has found that when she has a feminine product in her purse, as soon as the security guy sees it, he closes up the purse and says "Your all set".... If its on top, he goes no further....


Though I suspect that such an item in MY bag might raise more questions than answers. 🤣

Wow, the temporary walk to the TTC looks terrible. Might as well just park at Epcot now.
Have you SEEN what they've done to Epcot? Jeez. Though walking is certainly better than a tram these days.
 

tissandtully

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Though I suspect that such an item in MY bag might raise more questions than answers. 🤣


Have you SEEN what they've done to Epcot? Jeez. Though walking is certainly better than a tram these days.
At least when you walk from parking to Epcot entrance you are at the park you want to go to...
 

Thebolt

Active Member
It would be good if the new layout makes it feel like you have arrived at MK at that point, and you are now inside the magic from that point.
Maybe a food outlet with soda, popcorn, cookies etc, a DVC booth ;-), fastpass terminals etc. ?
 

WDWtraveler

Premium Member
Photo update as of Thursday, April 25, 2019. The original tram area at Epcot's entrance is walled off and the landscaping in the center island has been removed. All the metal dividing bars in the waiting area (under the monorail exit ramp) have been cut off at concrete level.

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The tram pick up area in the Epcot parking lot is near the first row of parking beyond the green fence in the background below, quite a distance from the entrance. This monorail view shows the original tram driveway is walled off and marked for underground utilities.

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At the Ticket and Transportation Center....here is the monorail view of the Magic Kingdom parking lot with the temporary villians tram turnaround area. As you can see, all trams load and unload here, with people walking under the road bridge to get to the TTC.
Recommendation when leaving the TTC to your car: Instead of walking forward to the old tram loading area, which is where the signs point, go left to the south end of the security area near the retail store and use the original walking exit next to the retail store. Much shorter distance, especially after walking in the park all day.

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Behind he construction wall at TTC, the metal divider poles at the tram loading area are gone, with only the painted white lines on the ground remaining.

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larryz

Can't 'Member Anything
Premium Member
Regarding signage, one of the biggest improvements would be overhead signs for anything of merit as opposed to the temporary sandwich board signs sat on the floor that you can’t see in a crowd of more than half a dozen.
A museum I frequent has just (in the last 2 years) added a ton of overhead signs. They've reduced the question count by about half, but added to the question queue where the signs are confusing. One of the main issues -- there's so much to see at ground level, it's very hard to get people to look up at the exhibits hanging from the ceiling, much less get them to look at signs.

TL;DR: people don't read signs, listen to announcements, or use common sense in venues like theme parks and museums.
 

Kman101

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Once again, while annoying to walk further, I'm very very glad to see this all finally being done. I've been wanting to see improvements to the entrances for quite a long time. It all looked ... tired. It's time. It does seem a bit "all in" though, basically all four parks undergoing construction to improve their entrances. I didn't think they'd be doing them all at once, basically, but good on them for clearly wanting this done. How long are all of these projects? Do we have guesstimates? Dates?
 

networkpro

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I'm happy that they've done away with the double monorail screening between MK and Epcot since they've pushed out the security perimeter beyond the Epcot station.
 
I'm happy that they've done away with the double monorail screening between MK and Epcot since they've pushed out the security perimeter beyond the Epcot station.
This is likely part of the plan, but it's not in effect at the moment. In fact, the current wall situation requires you go to through security just to get from the Epcot bus/monorail to the east parking lots.
 

networkpro

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This is likely part of the plan, but it's not in effect at the moment. In fact, the current wall situation requires you go to through security just to get from the Epcot bus/monorail to the east parking lots.
From Epcot to magic Kingdom there was no additional screen yesterday. Magic Kingdom to Epcot yes, but since the parking lot does drop off there it's just a few seconds.
 
From Epcot to magic Kingdom there was no additional screen yesterday. Magic Kingdom to Epcot yes, but since the parking lot does drop off there it's just a few seconds.
From Epcot to Magic Kingdom there's been no double screening since April 2017 when most of the MK security checks were moved to the TTC. But they've yet to extend the Epcot security perimeter to include the monorail exit.
I'm happy that they've done away with the double monorail screening between MK and Epcot since they've pushed out the security perimeter beyond the Epcot station.
 

TrainChasers

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Just a few seconds? Yeah it’s just a few seconds to walk from the monorail to security, it can be several minutes to get through security though! Ha.
 
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