Today Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley has given us a first look at Epcot’s all-new main entrance fountain!
Overnight, crews removed all the “progress walls” from the main entrance plaza, giving you the first full look at this next major milestone in the park’s historic transformation. While there is still more work to be done here in the future, the area is much more open and welcoming now. It features new planters, pathways, lush landscaping, and a vibrant new color palette that will eventually tie into the four new neighborhoods we’re creating inside the park – World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature and World Showcase.
And there in front of iconic Spaceship Earth, you’ll now see a reimagined fountain, standing in the footprint of the original that welcomed guests on the park’s opening day in 1982. Disney’s design team took a special interest in this water feature, as we looked back to the geometry of the original for inspiration while creating some new magic of our own. In the fountain’s center is a brilliant light, a unique liquid-cooled fixture we’ve designed with new capabilities that complement the fountain’s changing colors and will coordinate with new lighting coming to Spaceship Earth and the upcoming World Celebration beyond.
Three acrylic pylons, each standing over 16 feet tall and featuring the park’s logo, surround the fountain and hearken back to the creation of EPCOT. Their timeless design and vertical presence draw your eye upward toward the sky – perfectly framing views of Spaceship Earth.
This new fountain is the centerpiece of EPCOT’s entrance plaza, which we’ve designed as a welcoming area that brings people together. The greenery and use of water celebrate the harmony between humanity and the natural world. This park was built to inspire optimism, and we’re infusing this transformation with the magic of possibility.
Zach posted these stunning photos on his Instagram earlier today.
The past, present and future of EPCOT are all coming together as our Imagineers finished programming overnight and revealed the new main entrance fountain this morning. Guests of all ages are now able to visit this fountain, returned to its former state as the proper centerpiece of this opening moment of the park. While there are a few finishing elements to be installed in the near future, this substantially completed park main entry is now much more open and welcoming – featuring new planters, pathways, lush landscaping and a vibrant new color palette. One of the items I am personally so excited to reveal to the world is a brand new lighting design with color-changing capabilities! This is an entirely new idea, anchored by a brilliant center light that shines upward as a symbol of unity and optimism – themes that have always been at the center of this idea called EPCOT.
Source DPB & Zach Riddley