Behind the Scenes: Installing the New EPCOT Pylons

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The transformation of EPCOT is underway, and there are plenty of fans who are very excited about it.

Most recently, we shared that earlier this week, Walt Disney World Site Portfolio Executive and Imagineer Zach Riddley shared photos of EPCOT construction progress on his official social media accounts. The photos documented the reimagining of the EPCOT main entrance fountain, and all week we’ve seen theme park Guests take their own photos of this majestic new edition to Disney World.

Zach Riddley of Walt Disney Imagineering took to Instagram once again to share documentation of the fountain renovations. This time, he shared a video and more information about the behind-the-scenes process. As fans of the Disney Parks around the world, this inside look is definitely exciting!

Below is the video Riddley shared, along with the caption that went with it:

Earlier this week I shared a first-look of the installation of our new EPCOT fountain pylons. It’s been amazing to see everyone’s reactions – and we’re excited to reveal the completed project later this year. Today I’m proud to share this behind-the-scenes video capturing the installation process as it happened. 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.

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Earlier this week I shared a first-look of the installation of our new EPCOT fountain pylons. It’s been amazing to see everyone’s reactions – and we’re excited to reveal the completed project later this year. Today I’m proud to share this behind-the-scenes video capturing the installation process as it happened. 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.

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That last line of Riddley’s caption truly embodies something that so many have felt when it comes to the transformation of the EPCOT theme park. Walt Disney had a vision for EPCOT, and many believe that the “magic of possibility, discovery and wonder” that Riddley writes about seems to be exactly linked to Walt’s original vision.

Although some projects have been put on hold, the reimagining of several areas of EPCOT and the addition of new attractions is still underway in the second Walt Disney World theme park.

Spaceship Earth at night in 1982
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