Illuminations's removal is softened by the temp show, the fountain (contrary to what this forum seems to think) isn't a big enough attraction for guests to truly be upset that it's down alongside other things, and Spaceship Earth needs work asap.Well no, they’re closing the fountain, innoventions, Illuminations and Spaceship Earth at the same time. That’s quite a lot of significant things to be closed at one time.
If this has been planned for a while it would have made more sense to have done it in stages. Spaceship Earth could have been refurbished and reopened already if they must do it and the Illuminations could have carried on for a few more years.
Not really sure what direction they’re trying to head in anyway tbh, it’s like they know the reaction to the overhaul is going to be so bad they are just letting the backlash come all at once and when it’s over they’ll just be left with the people who never really liked Epcot originally.
It's a band-aid scenario - rip it off instead of gently peeling. Begin the heavy work at once, DHS style, so when you're getting close to completion you can release them to the public over several months to years.