Big changes are coming to EPCOT, but there’s going to be a little inconvenience for guests when it comes to navigating the park to get from here to there. That said, the team at EPCOT has done good job creating wide pathways and clear signs on the construction walls so guest will have as easy as a time as possible navigating around the park.
The EPCOT Transformation has entered a new phase. The core of Future World is being transformed creating three neighborhoods and Discovery, Celebration, and Nature. On the Nature side the old Innoventions West buildings are going away and Celebration will see a new core garden like feel that leads to a new Festival Center that stands above the area where the Butterfly Garden is usually located during the Flower and Garden Festival.
Speaking of the Flower and Garden Festival, it picks up on March 4 and runs through June 1. This will be the first one were the big transformation projects really impacts guest flow and the location of the pavilions and workshops during the event. Be sure to grab a festival guide on your next visit.
The construction work means that guests will use new pathways that go through formerly backstage areas to get from the Main Entrance into the areas where the festival begins. One the West side (the future Nature neighborhood) you can enter under the monorail beam and come up in a former backstage area of The Seas with Nemo. On the East side, you walk up to Guest Relations, then walk back around that building and come up the side of the old Universe of Energy attraction and future Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster.
Test Track is still closed for refurbishment leaving just one attraction open on the east side of Future World, but Disney has been running cars on the track the last few days. That’s a good sign it will be re-open soon.
We’ll keep track of big changes as they continue to transform EPCOT’s Future World and Main Entrance in future updates. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for the latest Disney news.