Construction around Walt Disney World has been ramping up in recent weeks as the resort prepares for its 50th anniversary in 2021, as well as the biggest park transformation in Disney history.
Starting outside Magic Kingdom, work is well underway on the updates to the entrance area of that park. Each park is receiving updates to their entrances and tram areas, with Disney’s Hollywood Studios being the first park to finish.
Over on the outer parts of Tomorrowland, Tron Lightcycle Run has been coming together at a fast pace. The skeleton of the show building that will house the indoor portions of the roller coaster is up, just waiting to be closed in with walls.
Outside, the initial launch section, as well as the first banked turn that will go over guest pathways, have been installed. Eventually, a themed roof will be placed over this section, much like the Shanghai version (Click here to see a POV).
Moving over to Epcot, this park is undergoing the largest park transformation in Disney history, so we will be seeing a good majority of the park go behind walls over the next year or two. Outside, much like the other parks, updates are being made to the pathways and tram areas.
Just inside the park, the entrance plaza is receiving a major upgrade after the Leave a Legacy photos were taken out to be moved outside the park.
To the right of Spaceship Earth, land clearing has begun for what will become the Moana Journey of Water walkthrough area. This clearing can be seen from here and from the area by The Seas.
Between The Land and Imagination, walls have popped up around a grass area, most likely as they start preparing this area to become World Nature.
One of the biggest additions to Epcot will be Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. Updates to the former Universe of Energy building are well underway, with new paint being added and the removal of all the solar panels that used to line the roof.
Next door, the former Wonders of Life is being prepared for its transformation into the Play Pavilion. Walls have now extended out to the Mission: Space gift shop and workers can be seen on the show buildings attached to the dome. Once completed, this area of the park will be renamed World Discovery.
In the center of Future World, the Fountain of Nations has been completely demolished, with just a bunch of concrete debris being all that remains. This area will end up being part of World Celebration once the park transformation is complete.
Between the Port of Entry gift shop and the Canada Pavilion in World Showcase, brand new restrooms are currently under construction. The former restrooms in this area are now closed.
Over behind the France Pavilion, construction is moving fast on the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction, opening summer 2020. In addition to the ride, a new restaurant will debut called La Crêperie de Paris.
The ride will be a clone of the one currently open at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris. (Click here to see that POV)
Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, land has been cleared for the new Roundup Rodeo BBQ table service restaurant, located to the right of the main entrance to Toy Story Land near Woody.
Stay tuned to our website for more construction updates from around Walt Disney World, and check out our video below for aerial looks at some of the projects mentioned above.