New concept art and interior progress pictures show more of the new 'Creations Shop' coming to EPCOT this summer

May 27, 2021 in "Creations Shop"

Posted: Thursday May 27, 2021 5:18pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Lead EPCOT Imagineer Zach Riddley has taken to Instagram this evening to offer a closer look at the upcoming 'Creations Shop' coming to EPCOT this summer.

The piece of concept art above offers a new angle of the building, providing a view of the former Mouse Gear and Innoventions East building.

In his post Zach said "In the design of Creations Shop, we knew we would be working to restore an existing building. Our goal was to use this original geometry to our advantage - streamlining the façade and emphasizing the rhythm of vertical columns or “ribs” as we like to refer to them. As you can see in some of these original drawings and building sections, the space was always intended to be open and give flexibility to the program featured inside. We are bringing that openness back into our new designs as part of our new EPCOT aesthetic."

He goes on to say, "By simplifying the facades and emphasizing the beams between the columns – we will create uninterrupted lines that draw your eye from front to back. And these “beams” also give us space to integrate lighting and air conditioning for a seamless and functional look to the space."

The new store will replace the former Mouse Gear as the flagship retail store at the park.

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Disney AnalystMar 19, 2023

A little Disneyland love for Epcot.

MisterPenguinJan 19, 2023

Has anyone checked the floor of Club Cool?

cranbizJan 19, 2023

More sticky traps are needed for rodent control. 🤣

Epcot82GuyJan 16, 2023

I think it is very important to distinguish between use of the full Mickey character and Mickey ears/hidden Mickeys in the Parks' design. Historically, they have been very different domains. Is there overlap/a spectrum of the usage, of course. But, there's a huge difference between the use you've highlighted vs. Mickey and team exploring the world via World Showcase/future* vs. Mickey being a full-fledged ambassador and focus in the park. * - I think we all can agree the orange/pink space rainbow future of Mickey and friends would be better than our current world. So, I'm standing by it.

Inspired FigmentJan 16, 2023

This is something the 02-current Journey Into Imagination “With Figment” gets wrong. It’s got a purple dragon in it sure… but he sure isn’t characterized the way he was originally, he doesn’t have the same purpose, nor does the ride even properly showcase or explain the creative process or really get what imagination is and the positive effect it has in society. Infact, it portrays it as an “interference” that’s “upside down”. The focus seems to be more on advertising/tieing in the Honey I Shrunk IP and the other Sci-Fi flicks that involved Medfield College over anything else. Which is a problem. The fact that ‘that’ is the current symbol for Imagination for WDI & Disney as it stands.. says a mouthful to me. Dreamfinder & Figment complimented & were fun personifications of that quality & Journey. ‘That’ was what made us love & connect with them so much. Not ‘just’ the fact that they were a professor & a purple dragon.

Inspired FigmentJan 16, 2023

in order for Imagineering to truly live & flourish. You need free spirited creativity & imagination to do it. Who are two characters and a ride that symbolizes that quality perfectly. Dreamfinder & Figment and the original Journey Into Imagination pavilion. But what was the focus/heart of it? Not a professor and a purple dragon… but ‘imagination’, ‘the creative process’, the ‘various realms’ in which we let that quality flourish. A real world quality that makes Disney & society thrive. Everything begins with a spark of inspiration & Imagination.

Inspired FigmentJan 16, 2023

Mickey is also the mascot of the company because it’s what it started with and began its success with… but it never was supposed to be the ‘sole’ focus/entirety of the company. Not Imagineering. Imagineering was never a place that simply made attractions focused entirely on Mickey Mouse and Friends.

Inspired FigmentJan 16, 2023

Each park requires its own needs of Imagineering. As they utilize different themes & goals. They’re not all the same as Disney sees them now. As ways to advertise their film & tv part of the studio. It was a way to expand entertainment and do ‘new’ things in another dimension, not simply market one or the other.

Inspired FigmentJan 16, 2023

Yeah.. the first idea was a mouse.. but that evolved.. Walt moved on from Mickey as the ‘sole focus’.. also keep in mind it says “The Imagineering way”, not “The EPCOT way”

MisterPenguinJan 16, 2023

Inspired FigmentJan 16, 2023

There’s nothing wrong with having Mickey & Friends & other pre-established characters visit as tourists, in theme. But they should’ve never become the ‘focus’/center point. That is the problem. Dreamfinder & Figment and their ‘message’ especially, should’ve been the focus. The focus was the message & theme of the park, not the characters. That’s what’s been lost.

MisterPenguinJan 16, 2023

Yeah, they tried to keep the rodent out, but, they always find a way to get back in.

Goofy NinjaJan 16, 2023

Yeah, but if you're going to be faithful to the original vision (for the park). Then it should be Figments domain. Since Epcot (the park) was originally supposed to have it's own creations and not focus on the already established characters. I guess that is out the window though.

MisterPenguinJan 16, 2023

Mickey and friends co-host all festivals. But each festival has a main guest host. Which is sometimes Mickey.