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First Look: New Entrance Fountain Celebrates the Past, Present and Future of EPCOT

Zach Riddley

by , Walt Disney World Site Portfolio Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

The past, present and future of EPCOT are all coming together today in one special moment at the front of the park. Anyone visiting as of this morning will see in real life what we at Walt Disney Imagineering have been dreaming up in our heads for many years now. 

Overnight, our 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. Our design team took 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 a 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. 

Today we took a big step toward that goal, and I’m so proud to be part of the team at Walt Disney Imagineering bringing this dream to life. I hope you’ll continue along with me on this exciting and amazing journey by keeping tabs on my updates here on the Disney Parks Blog and following me @thezachriddley.

Comments

  • I am in tears right now. I remember the original water fountain! I was Never a fan of the walls. So happy they are gone. The new fountain is so inviting and truly MAGICAL. Walt would be so happy to have seen his vision come back to life again

  • This looks excellent. I sure would like to go there again.

  • OMG! Really want to see it in person! My favorite theme park!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • The restoration of EPCOT Center’s original logo, font and capitalization of EPCOT have now been plussed by the bringing back of the beautiful entrance plaza Lucite sculptures.

    The EPCOT Center of 1982 to 1993 was magical in a multitude of ways that the Epcot of 1994 to 2019 was not. So it would only be fitting to also restore the park’s last name.

  • Looks great. Love the theme and design. A nice way to end the year, restoring what’s been missed and looking forward to a new beginning.

  • It’s beautiful, and I can’t wait to see the rest of the transformation of EPCOT! I hope the Mary Poppins based attraction gets brought back on board in time as well!

  • And it is as it should be. Beautiful job.

  • Rather nice looking fountain. What are you referring to, Andy?

  • Beautiful work. Hope the new greenery will continue on the other side of Spaceship Earth.
    Can’t wait to see it in person.

  • That is an utterly beautiful distraction from what’s being done to the rest of EPCOT.