While I would prefer palms as well I assume they are more worried about optics. In the high hurricane force winds that can sometimes rip through there they would inevitably have to add supports to keep them upright since palms have very small roots and therefore little base support. Having this on other palms throughout the property may not be a big deal but since this is the first thing you see when coming into EPCOT then they probably want to avoid that look. This is just my guess and opinion.
Also the parks are just now reopening and many things are not yet back to normal across property. Notice the lack of hanging flower baskets in the Magic Kingdom. Lots of departments don’t have their full staffing or funding yet.
I think it looks GREAT!!! Last time I was there it was hot out and that front area was just baking in the heat and not inviting at all. AND I had a leave a legacy on one of the monoliths , sad to see them go but it looks much better.
ANYONE know if the leave a legacy images are displayed outside Epcot? I know that was the plan initially
The trees in the middle may be there to cover up the construction crews while they are rebuilding the fountain and restoring the sculpture in the middle. Then, once that is finished they can remove the trees as part of the reveal. Less construction in your photos until its all done.
The concept art for Epcot's new entry shows four flowering trees in that center planter. Although they've also used it in the past to put up displays related to the current festival (Spring Flower & Garden, Food & Wine, or Holidays). Once the fountain is finished, there should be good views of SSE from right behind that center planter.
I hear ya...But I think once the prisms are back though, it’s gonna be a popular spot to take a pic. However, those middle trees should have (looking at concept art) pink blossoms next spring and maybe there’s supposed to be some topiary in the middle, so it’ll still be a nice place for a pic.