Epcot’s Spine: From Moana to CommuniCore to Fireworks–What’s Happening?

Epcot’s Spine: From Moana to CommuniCore to Fireworks–What’s Happening?

Last week as part of the press event for Tron, details-sparsely given-were provided on Epcot Celebration and construction at the heart of Epcot that never seems to end. Given an important image made public a few years ago, we seek to explain why this section of Epcot is going to become what it is. It also will help us to understand why the uniquely designed Festival Pavilion never got built and why we ended up with Harmonious–a show that is speculated to be worth over $100 million dollars and what appears to be completely uprooted and tossed out. Or is it? We’ll go over those vague press details in an effort to understand not just what is going to happen, but what is not going to happen and why. Join us for this podcast on what’s happening at Epcot.

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What Got Delivered, What’s Still Coming & What’s Not

Since 2018 there have been over 30 additions announced (and some just showed up unannounced). Those in bold have been realized. Those in italics are coming this year. Those in plain font have not announced future. Click here to see the original Epcot Experience

  1. New Logo
  2. Re-designed pre-turnstile entry
  3. Re-designed entry to Epcot with new fountain & anthem by Pinar Topeka
  4. New Spaceship Earth Lighting Package
  5. New Spaceship Earth show experience
  6. Remodeled entry gift shop as a new Pin Central store
  7. Remodeled Guest Relations
  8. Three lands replacing Future World: World Discovery, World Nature & World Celebration
  9. Replacement for Electric Umbrella: Connections
  10. Starbucks Replacement
  11. New Club Cool
  12. Replacement for MouseGears: Creations
  13. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  14. Space 220
  15. Play Pavilion
  16. Odyssey Makeover
  17. Dreamer’s Point & New Walt Disney Statue
  18. Interactive Wishing Tree
  19. Story Fountain
  20. Moana: Journey of Water
  21. Awesome Planet
  22. New Character Experiences
  23. Canada Far & Wide
  24. Beauty & The Beast Sing-Along
  25. Wondrous China
  26. Regal Eagle Smokehouse
  27. Gelateria Toscano
  28. Takumi Tei
  29. Remy’s Ratatouille
  30. Crêperie
  31. Mary Poppins Attraction
  32. New Three Tiered Festival Pavilion Turned CommuniCore
  33. New Fountain Show & Center Sculpture
  34. New Fireworks: Harmonious and Replacement
  • 22 Additions Have Been Added Including 6 New Attractions, & 8 F&B Offerings
  • 5 Are Still Coming
  • 4 Have No Announced Future

What Happened Since 2018

  • Grand Design
  • Pandemic
  • Leadership Change
  • Budget Cuts
Epcot Overhaul Ends in 2023 - Disney Tourist Blog
CommuniCore Hall & Plaza Coming to EPCOT - Disney Tourist Blog
CommuniCore Hall & Plaza Coming to EPCOT - Disney Tourist Blog
CommuniCore Hall & Plaza Coming to EPCOT - Disney Tourist Blog
FIRST LOOK at the NEW Festival Areas Coming to EPCOT — CommuniCore Hall and  CommuniCore Plaza | the disney food blog
New Details Released for CommuniCore Hall at EPCOT
New Concept Art revealed for CommuniCore Plaza and CommuniCore Hall at EPCOT
BREAKING: Concept Art Revealed For New EPCOT Nighttime Spectacular -  MickeyBlog.com

Here is what the current construction shows at Epcot.

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