Permit Filed for Work Near Spaceship Earth, Despite Refurb Delay

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EPCOT Construction

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It appears that Walt Disney Imagineers are continuing to make moves near Spaceship Earth. We at Inside the Magic have just learned that WDI has submitted another construction permit at an address designated for Disney’s massive geodesic sphere landmark and its iconic dark-ride attraction of the same name.

According to records filed with Orange County, this “Notice of Commencement” states that Imagineers are planning “Installation of source power and control equipment” in the general vicinity. Unfortunately, there are no further details into the specifics of what this power source and control system is for.

Note that the refurbishment and reimagining of the Spaceship Earth attraction was actually put on hold indefinitely. However, this document could hint at something else.

“Source power” for what?

epcot overhaul
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Considering that Disney World has already pushed back the revamp of EPCOT’s landmark attraction and the ongoing construction of the new entryway fountain is well underway, one could suggest that Walt Disney Imagineers could be installing the power source and controls for that new fountain positioned right in front of Spaceship Earth.

New EPCOT Signature Fountain Almost Complete!
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Such an installation would be a keynote step towards the completion of the grand new entryway set to hopefully be completed by the start of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

First announced at the last D23 Expo, this new entrance and fountain will have a structure at the center consisting of three acrylic pylons that stand in tribute to EPCOT’s new themed lands: World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery. It will set the tone for a whole new EPCOT experience.

More on the EPCOT revamp

The fountain and entryway are just one of the multiple construction projects going on right now at the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, including the ongoing construction of new attractions like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in World Showcase’s France Pavilion, and Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind next to Mission: SPACE. There will also be a new restaurant, Restaurant 220, a Moana-themed attraction, and an interactive PLAY Pavilion.

Epcot Play Pavilion Artist Concept
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There are still no completion dates set for any of the ongoing projects.

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