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News New Park Entrance coming to Epcot

Cmdr_Crimson

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I hope this starts at the same time as SSE's 2 year refurb begins...
 

flynnibus

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Please explain how a 'garden' setting to the entrance will bring more to your experience than two new attractions. How long do you spend in the entrance area that this is the 'best news ever'?
Sometimes what you are doing... tells more about your direction and attitude, then the actual impact of the item itself. It's about the tone and where they are willing to do something... that gives people hope about other things.

Plus, sometimes just pulling out the thorn in your side... feels far better than something positive itself.
 

flynnibus

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I'm NOT judging. I'm just expressing that the other things that have already been rumored and announced are far better and more important news than an entrance garden. My point was the overreaction to how great this was.
Attention to detail can be more telling than willingness to just throw something big at a problem and hope it covers up the problem.

No one thinks the entrance redesign will be the most impactful part of their EPCOT visit - but people do hope that it means the company is finally willing to do more than just bandaid things and may actually be ready to rip out some of these dead corpses.

Plus, there are the signs that this is just the tip of the iceberg for actual change in EPCOT - and not just by individual attractions.
 

ChrisFL

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This new entrance is really quite wonderful.


I've always thought it should move into one of the towers shops. It's more of a World Showcase thing.
A larger area with more dispensers would be great....most of the time I go in Club Cool it's quite crowded and difficult to move around
 

Acidsplat

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Disney has no shame in removing nostalgic experiences, such as GMR, Malestrom, Pirates Auction, etc. They could have easily removed LaL and created a brand new design for the entrance, but the fact that Disney has decided to bring back this original design is proof that they know internally that it was perfect the way it was originally envisioned. :)
Did I imagine it or did someone say recently that internally Disney was having regrets about putting Guardians of the Galaxy in Epcot? (Obviously too late to change it now)

It's a long stretch, but I'm hoping bringing back an entrance reminiscent of the original means people in the company are realizing the impact 1982 and 1989 Epcot had on veteran Disney fans. Or more likely it's just to improve guest flow and throwing some easy nostalgia in like the fountain won't cost much and will be praised by veterans.

I think Epcot can be improved and be great without it being 1982 or 1989 again, and I'm hoping this is a sign that they'll be more considerate in Epcot's future without throwing its theme away for IP that hasn't been proven to have staying power a decade down the line yet.

Hollywood Studios would have been the perfect fit for Guardians as long as it didn't mean taking over ToT. That park is still looking small in terms of things to actually do.
 

Father Robinson

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The original prisms for the fountains were sold years ago to a private buyer which is a shame, would've been amazing to have those back. I'm also wondering if after this is said and done if SSE will have changable colors again at night like it used to. I love the stagnant color scheme they've used for years but it would be a nice touch I think if they reverted back to the way it was.
 

JoeCamel

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The original prisms for the fountains were sold years ago to a private buyer which is a shame, would've been amazing to have those back. I'm also wondering if after this is said and done if SSE will have changable colors again at night like it used to. I love the stagnant color scheme they've used for years but it would be a nice touch I think if they reverted back to the way it was.
Hopefully they will have a better engineered design. The lucite prisms along with the waterfalls in the MK were very hard to maintain
 

JohnD

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Possible Timeline

New Park Entrance: Completed Before 10/1/2021 ?
Play Pavilion: Completed Before 10/1/2021
SSE Refurb with new Entrance: After 10/1/2021
Demolition of Innoventions: After 10/1/2021
Mystery Block Building near Imagination: After 10/1/2021
I think, for Epcot, they are more focused on its 40th anniversary on October 1, 2022.
 

Kamikaze

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I think, for Epcot, they are more focused on its 40th anniversary on October 1, 2022.
They specifically mentioned in this release that it will be ready for the WDW 50th.
Martin stated that the SSE refurb will be 2+, maybe 3 years. So thats probably targeting Oct 1, 2022 like you said. The central plaza I would figure has to be on a shorter timeline - if they're going to have the entire center of FW shut down, I would think they'd want to get that done as quickly as possible for capacity and logistics.
 
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