Disney appears to be aiming to open the Connections Café and Eatery as soon as possible, as work is rapidly advancing on the new EPCOT restaurant.
Across from Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, scaffolding has been removed from the exterior of the Connections Café, although some tarps remain over the windows.
Several construction vehicles sit outside the entrance, which is also blocked off with a black tarp. The columns between the windows have been rebuilt, but not yet repainted.
The facade of the building, including Creations Shop, shows off the off-white color that the entire building will eventually be. From the Monorail, you can also see some scaffolding at the end of the building, on the left in the photo above.
On the ground, we checked the steel recently installed on the roof near the scaffolding.
Nothing looks different in the steel tower since it was installed.
We expect it to be surrounded by paneling eventually.
From the breezeway next to Creations Shop, we’ve been able to see lights inside for a while now.
New bands of blue light were visible today.
The blue light strips were at a 90 degree angle along the wall and ceiling.
Orange lights line the ceiling beams.
Through the next set of windows we saw more lights on.
The column next to these windows has been rebuilt, but it and part of the ceiling need to be repainted, as well as part of the round column.
Between the lights inside, you could see wood paneling on the ceiling.
We also saw pink lights shining around some skylight tubes.
The construction walls leading to the breezeway have been moved.
They now surround the first column next to Creations Shop, but the walls open up to more space further down the breezeway.
This may mean that work is being done on the land between the restaurant and the shop.
Back on the ground near Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, we could see more blue lights and teal lights inside.
There are sliding glass doors just beyond these building walls.
Connections Café and Eatery may open around the same time as Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.