Colorful Banners, Lighting, and Speakers Installed at CommuniCore Plaza for New Encanto Show

23 days ago in "CommuniCore Hall"

Posted: Monday May 20, 2024 7:30am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Work continues to prepare the stage area for the opening of the new Encanto show at EPCOT, which is now less than a month away.

Colorful banners, lighting, and speakers have been strung along the overhead trusses.


Opening alongside CommiuniCore Plaza from June 10 to September 6 will be a new sing-along featuring the beloved songs and story of "Encanto." This new limited-time show, "¡Celebración Encanto!" runs several times throughout the day and will not only invite you and your family to sing along with some of your favorite songs, but you'll also spot Mirabel and Bruno on the newly opened CommuniCore Plaza stage.

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tparris45 minutes ago

Ground lights are flashing RGB right now, however there are several segments not working right. This is the most it’s worked in months though

trainplane348 minutes ago

Trains were on the chopping block with the Brazil project. Though they were very aware of how much guests love them so there was a decent chance they'd return elsewhere. But as far as I know, they were more concerned with Brazil being built and the trains would be a "bonus" afterthought.

Sir_Cliff1 hour ago

I get that impression, too. It's particularly apparent when you see people mourning the loss of the "theming" of Mouse Gear or the original Club Cool with the ice cave and snow mobile out front.

tparris1 hour ago

You’re telling me they can’t even remember to take the stickers off the signs after they open the place??? (Photo from just now)

James Alucobond1 hour ago

I honestly think there are two distinct generational clusters. There are those who lived through original EPCOT and legitimately miss the one-of-a-kind thing it was on opening day, and then there are those who mistook its millennial husk for some sort of unique Disney aesthetic once people forgot what the 80s and 90s looked like.

Sir_Cliff2 hours ago

I feel pretty much this way. As a relaunch of Epcot, this seems very slight and, I think, ultimately falls short of propelling Epcot into a bold new era that can compare with the park during it's initial 10-15 years. That said, it is a lot better than it has been for the past 20 years or so in many ways. Most of the improvements are aesthetic, but I'll take them as that whole central spine had become so mutilated over the years with ill-conceived attempts to make it more 'colourful' or 'dynamic'. So, I find it hard to understand people declaring Epcot dead to them as a result of this project when it's mostly made the park at least a little more pleasant. I do wonder to what extent it is people who grew up with the 90s version that limped through the first decades of the twenty-first century who are upset that their nostalgia for that version of the park has been swept away.

V_L_Raptor2 hours ago

And that's what I mean by "reeled in." Marketing/PR "helped," right up until they didn't, and he disappeared from the socialsphere as the voice of the EPCOT refresh, well before its "completion."

MisterPenguin2 hours ago

He is an actual Disney Imagineer. Up on the higher rungs, too. His floor obsession is probably more related to stuff he can talk about because it's not spoilers for what they're actually doing. It seems that Disney PR was 'helping' him with his Insta posts, but, he's a real, high-level Imagineer. He was at the time of the EPCOT refresh and still is (unless he was laid off recently, AFAIK).

V_L_Raptor2 hours ago

He was absolutely a public employee of Disney. No one's disputing that. Trouble was, he first came on the scene claiming to be an Imagineer, and... well. It was more like being associated with Imagineering would've made him an "Imagineer," because he was more a shill for carpet design references than he was an effective participant in creating anything of substance in the parks. The title shouldn't be an idle thing to throw around social media, but there he was.

MisterPenguin3 hours ago

He was a public employee of Disney. He wasn't secretly on their payroll. What you said is like saying Iger is a shill. Or like saying the hired actors in a commercial for Disney are shills.

dreamfinding3 hours ago

If they played the cards right - make it Mexico situation. Dinner next to the attraction.

V_L_Raptor3 hours ago

He got made as the shill he was, and marketing reeled in the persona.

Ayla3 hours ago

Funny, we are going on a real Rhine River cruise this summer, for less than a week-long WDW vacation.

lazyboy97o3 hours ago

A small portion has expanded into the space but nothing critical to the far larger operation.