Just about everybody and their Uncle is obsessed with EPCOT’s new pylons right now!
In case you’ve slept on the EPCOT news the week, three clear acrylic pylons were recently installed in front of Spaceship Earth as part of a new entryway fountain for World Celebration — one of three new distinct neighborhoods Future World is being divvied up into.
The new pylons seem to magically reflect the sun’s light and also look really cool at night thanks to some special lighting effects! Disney World Imagineer and Site Portfolio Executive Zach Riddley shared some photos and details about the new entrance fountain before we got to see it with our very own eyes!
Riddley explained that the 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.” Now, Riddley posted a video on his Instagram showing how the pylons were made and eventually put into place!
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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.
Are you a fan of the new pylons? Let us know if you’ve seen them in person in the comments below!