We went to Epcot yesterday for the first time since pylons were added a few days back to the entrance fountain that is being reimagined. We’ve both been visiting Epcot since 1982 (Walt Disney World itself before that) and it is exciting to see the front entrance being transformed. The pylons are similar to what was there many years ago but are newly created for the fountain that is due to be unveiled later this year.
Imagineer Zach Riddley today posted a behind-the-scenes video on Instagram of Imagineers installing the pylons. We will have our own video of the front entrance plaza this weekend.
Riddley says of the pylons, “These three acrylic pylons, each standing over 16 feet tall and weighing more than 4,000 pounds, were digitally modeled then milled and polished using state-of-the-art technology to achieve this perfect finish and amazing reflection effect. Our team of Imagineers orchestrated the delicate process of placing the pylons in their new home, where they will welcome generations of guests to this park filled with the magic of possibility, discovery and wonder.”
Here is a closer look.
And the light hits them nicely from various angles.
Riddley also said on an Instagram post a few days back, “Our design team took special interest in looking back to the original geometry for inspiration and infusing new features with a little bit of added magic to bridge the past, present and future of EPCOT.”
From this angle, you can see the American flag.
On the right side of the entrance, the pink blooms look beautiful and you can see the pylons to the left.
The pylons looked bigger to me in person than what they seem in photos.
Here is a last look from daytime yesterday and then two nighttime photos and a few vintage photos I’d added to my previous article.
Looking toward Spaceship Earth and the pylons at night.
Jeff had taken these photos years ago of the original pylons, before Leave a Legacy was added as part of the Millennium Celebration in 1999.
What do you think of the new pylons? I will be posting more Epcot photos today and we plan to visit Epcot again next week (it is the one park we are visiting on a weekly basis). It is nice to see construction projects continuing around the park.