Epcot has been undergoing quite a bit of change lately. Most of the changes are large-scale projects like the exciting Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster and the new Ratatouille ride that was recently announced to be opening on October 1st. Speaking of Ratatouille, the France pavilion has been receiving a lot of updates on its own. Even the smaller areas are receiving their due attention, including one of the Morris columns.
If you’re not sure what column this is, you’ve been missing out on some great selfie backgrounds. There are three Morris columns around Epcot’s France, each with unique artwork and posters decorating it. The one currently hidden by walls is the first one you’ll notice after crossing the bridge from the UK into France. The walls are hiding some refurbishing work, starting with the ground surrounding the column.
Morris columns are common in places like France and Germany, their cylindrical shape is perfect for hosting advertisements all around. Sometime in the mid-1800s, they were popularized to restrain wild posting. This way, walls and fences could remain clear of posters from local theatre and entertainment groups that were experiencing a surge, as well as other businesses who wanted to increase their foot traffic. In Epcot, it is simply part of the beautiful atmosphere.
The Morris column is an iconic spot in Epcot and we can’t wait to have it refurbished and returned to us. Have you taken a photo in front of one of these beautiful columns? If not, it may be time!