Disney Gives Updated Look at EPCOT Reimagining Plans


If you remember back to D23 2019, Disney unveiled a look at their plans for EPCOT, which included a new Moana walk-through water feature, a Festival pavilion and more. After the pandemic hit those plans quickly changed and while some new things like Moana Journey of Water are still in play, others have gotten changed.

Scott Gustin shared a new map of the area on Twitter:

Disney has now unveiled a look at their updated plans for the World Celebration Neighborhood (I’m sorry that name just annoys me.)

Let’s take a look!Artist Rendering of the Continued Transformation of EPCOT

The new World Celebration hub will have gardens and planters shaped in the EPCOT logo. Hopefully this will provide shade, and that is one thing EPCOT does need more of.

The Disney Parks Blog says that each of these gardens will have their own “identities” that will change with the festivals (that are practically all year now.)

Artist Rendering of the Continued Transformation of EPCOT
Artist Rendering of the Continued Transformation of EPCOT

They will light up at night.

Artist Rendering of the Continued Transformation of EPCOT

Now we are getting CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza

The Hall will be a multi-use facility and the Plaza will be an outdoor event space for the festivals. CommuniCore Hall will also be the home to Mickey and Friends for Meet and greets.

CommuniCore Plaza will have the flexibility to host intimate musical performances that extend out into the nearby gardens, as you can see in the rendering above, as well as large-scale concerts. 

CommuniCore Hall will be a flexible exhibition and gallery space, offering a wide variety of experiences that highlight art, live music, food – complete with a demonstration kitchen – and more. In addition, adjacent to CommuniCore Hall will be a new Mickey & Friends location where you can meet some of your favorite Disney pals.Artist Rendering of the Continued Transformation of EPCOT

I do like that they are using CommuniCore as the name for these locations and the designed does seem to keep to the theming.

If we compare to the original 2019 concept art it isn’t much different, but the Festival Pavilion is significantly changed.

While the shade is needed, one of the reasons it was so “futuristic” was the lack of big gardens so in some ways that is going to seem so strange in the spine area.

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