EPCOT's lead Imagineer talks more about the new World Celebration plans

May 06, 2022 in "EPCOT"

2022 Concept Art for EPCOT World Celebration
Posted: Friday May 6, 2022 12:30pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Following yesterday's unveiling of the new plans for World Celebration at EPCOT, lead EPCOT Imagineer Zach Riddley has today taken to Instagram to offer some more details on the plans.

Zach begins by talking about lighting and how the new nighttime experience established at the main entrance and on Spaceship Earth will extend into the park and to World Celebration.

"World Celebration will be a can’t-miss destination for evening activations at EPCOT. Designed with over 12,000 individually controllable lighting fixtures, the reimagined nighttime experiences in this new park neighborhood will create a dynamic environment that will transform the area every night."

He continues, "We know our guests loved the fiber optics embedded in the pavement at EPCOT, and we’re excited to share that we’re bringing back new illuminated paving designs in World Celebration. These features pay homage to EPCOT’s past, while incorporating updated technology and controllability to deliver some fun new lighting capabilities. As you can see in this image, at the central planter in the heart of World Celebration, the rings of the EPCOT logo will come to life with light and color in an inviting and dynamic celebration of unity."

"We’re creating new spaces for “hero” features, large-scale décor, topiaries, lighting and artistic elements that mark the seasons. Here, we see an artist’s vision for the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, where light becomes a unifying element of global holiday celebrations – and our points of light across Spaceship Earth provide a fully in-the-round experience throughout all of World Celebration."

"In the final image we see a glimpse of the newly announced CommuniCore Plaza. This large area will be purpose-built with flexibility to host a variety of entertainment and performance activations. Here is a glimpse of the smaller of two stages that has the ability to host performances for guests on multiple sides, activating the adjacent gardens with dedicated areas to sit and relax."

"Our Imagineering team has been very thoughtful about the legacy and stewardship of the EPCOT aesthetic, and in many cases, we’ve been able to reach back in our history to leverage some key themes as we bring this new design into the future. The name “CommuniCore” itself goes back to the earliest days of the park."

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DCBaker9 hours ago

Photos from today. It appears the dying palm tree near the Mickey & Friends entrance was replaced and lighting tests were happening at the CommuniCore Plaza stage. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53745986259_9daef418e8_o.jpg [URL='https://flic.kr/p/2pTiWDC'][IMG]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/53745540246_e3abb7c0a1_o.jpg[/IMG]

Brian1 day ago

Epic username and comment.

James Alucobond1 day ago

I mean, it would be a welcome seating area considering everyone complains about eating on trash cans during festivals. That area is typically jammed up with booths. In Festival of the Arts alone, the area just north houses Deco Delights, Pop Eats, Deconstructed Dish, and whatever resides in Refreshment Port, plus they just added a new kiosk next door and potentially three more in CommuniCore.

J45461 day ago

foreal, theres way more trees now than ever, i am curious as to what the shade structure is for, more food? or just a giant seating area? Meet n Greets?

TheCoasterNerd1 day ago

What? There's so many more trees now than before. You remember the giant concrete abyss with the triangles above it? That's trees now. You remember Innoventions? That's Journey Of Water (with tons of trees) now

John park hopper1 day ago

Shad structure-----used to call them trees with benches until Disney ripped them all out

JordanBach_951 day ago

With the removal of Leave a Legacy it made sense to add a new war memorial I guess

JordanBach_951 day ago

I see they are going back to the rusty/ grunge aesthetic of 1998 Tomorrowland. I wonder if they will also plant some lettuce or maybe some orange trees so it can be a callback to Horizons!

Jambo Dad1 day ago

My God won’t someone think of the children!

JustInTime1 day ago

Unreal. Thank you!!!

Nunu1 day ago

Not yet, unfortunately. @tparris reported on this, last Monday:

JustInTime1 day ago

Did they ever get the color changing LED’s in the ground working again?

lazyboy97o2 days ago

Apartment buildings and transit oriented urban development already existed and still exist to this day. Simple things like garbage chutes break. Transit lines do have to go down for repairs. Commercially available appliances do break and they even get upgraded when the landlord decides to upgrade them.