• On Jan 13, 2021
    Connie from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Have all the entrance arches to WDW been repainted yet? I saw stories about the Western way one being done in new blues. We enter at the one closest to EPCOT when we come. I hope to see the new look!

    It’s always a delight when you stop by planDisney, Connie!

    Thank you for bringing us your question.

    Nothing feels quite as magical as driving under the archways that welcome us to The Most Magical Place on Earth! When the announcement was made that Disney will be giving some enchanting pixie dust to the gateways, I was ecstatic. Imagineers are experts and I trust their vision; I’m sure the gateways will look absolutely stunning once the job is done. Like you, I have been looking forward to this new change since it was announced.

    The new paint job is to complement the newly painted Cinderella Castle in all its glory. I can’t wait for you to see it if you haven’t already! There are five gateways that will be getting revamped: World Drive, World Center Drive, Osceola Parkway, Hotel Plaza Boulevard, and Western Way entrance. 

    Connie, the renovations began in late October of last year and have been underway since! I’m happy to tell you that although it’s not all completed, many of the updates can be seen now. Golden flags that represent Walt Disney World Resort’s golden fiftieth anniversary have been added, fresh paint has enhanced the backgrounds and lettering, and I really think you’ll love the new look. 

    Since your trip is still a bit away, I think there’s a good chance for most of it to be completed, but that’s just my guess. I would encourage you to keep your eyes on the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on this enchanting project as I’m sure they will be among the first to announce its completion! You are also welcome to e-mail Guest Relations at guest.services@disneyworld.com and see if they can get in touch with someone working closely on the project to give you another update! 

    I do hope you’ve made your Disney Park Pass reservations for EPCOT, as my favorite festival, the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival will be in full bloom during your visit!

    As you pass under the newly pixie-dusted archways, I hope you feel the warmest welcome!

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Meet the Panelist: Aena, Texas

Hi friends! Consider me your own Fairy Godmother, full of helpful tips to make your Walt Disney World Resort vacation magical. I'm Aena, wife to my Prince Charming, mom to future Imagineers, and forever a kid at heart. I call Walt Disney World...I mean, Texas home, and spend my time singing Disney tunes. One of my favorite things to do is to stay on property and explore everything the resorts have to offer. I'd love to help you find the best Instagram-worthy spots for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Aena

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