Work continues on the overall transformation of EPCOT, with World Celebration being a major focal point of the construction. We have new on-the-ground updates of the neighborhood, as well as aerial overviews from bioreconstruct.
EPCOT Playground Construction
Construction has finally started to make some headway in the former playground area by Journey Into Imagination with Figment.
We noticed a couple of cinderblock-based structures going vertical in the construction area, though it is unclear what they could be.
Here is one of the two structures, off to the left of the dirt area.
Here is the second cinderblock structure, off to the right.
Various sections of the construction area have also been notated with yellow tape and other markers.
Over at CommuniCore Hall, we spotted a cherry picker up in the air near all of the light-up spires in the plaza.
The yellow sheathing that was previously present on the bottom right of CommuniCore Hall’s entrance area appears to have been almost completely removed. More metal structural beams appear to also have been added here.
Here’s another look at the mid-air cherry picker. It’s quite far away from any of the spires, so it’s unclear exactly what they would’ve been working on. Lighting was added to the spires earlier this month.
What looks like insulation is being installed on the other side of CommuniCore Hall.
Aerial View of World Celebration
In these two photos from bioreconstruct, you can clearly see the 5-ring EPCOT logo embedded in the ground in World Celebration.
This structure has come a long way, and now really resembles the EPCOT logo it emulates. You can see the five rings raised up from the ground around it.
This aerial view of World Celebration shows how far construction has come, and how much is left to go. While there is still a lot of dirt present, the landscaping in the World Celebration plaza is promising.
This aerial angle of World Celebration gives us an idea of what paths the guest walkways will take once the neighborhood is complete. The EPCOT logo structure can be seen right in the center.
This aerial photo of World Celebration indicates various projects happening in the center plaza. At point 1, work continues on garden beds that may have palm trees. There also seems to be some kind of viewing area for the CommuniCore Plaza stage here.
Point 2 denotes Dreamers Point, where a statue of Walt Disney will one day sit. Over on the right at point 3, a new wall structure has gone up, though it is unclear what this is for.
Of course, point 4 is the 5-ring EPCOT logo at the center.
In this photo, point 1 marks recent concrete forms that have been blocked out with wood to help retain their shape. Point 2 shows a garden bed, which is constructed in a different shape rather than the uniform pie wedge.
Point 3 indicates the beginning of a pavement pattern that is meant to join the garden area of the plaza. Up toward the top of the image is the 5-ring EPCOT logo at point 4.
Point 5, if you zoom in closely, is what remains of a 1990s 5-ring EPCOT logo embedded in the pavement.
This photo, while it is of World Celebration, gives a great glimpse at Journey of Water Inspired by Moana in World Nature, seen at the top of the photo.
It is unlikely that these areas will be ready by the time the Disney100 celebrations at EPCOT begin on September 22.
Aerial View of CommuniCore Hall
Here’s an aerial look at current construction for CommuniCore Hall and Plaza. Scaffolding remains on the left side of the building, and the yellow sheathing on the front is nearly gone, save for one entrance over to the front right.
Other scaffolding is still present in front of the middle portion of the Hall, with the spires in front. Many boxes and materials are staged in the center of the spires as work in the area continues.
Aerial View of Dreamers Point
This aerial look at Dreamers Point shows a clearer picture of where the statue of Walt Disney will one day be installed. Various concrete constructions can be seen in this area; the short-walled structures could potentially be flower beds.
This concept art shows what the Walt the Dreamer statue will look like once installed.
Aerial View of Guest Walkways by Spaceship Earth
Our final aerial look at EPCOT from bioreconstruct shows the current guest walkways around Spaceship Earth. The construction for Dreamers Point can be seen at the bottom of the photo.
Once complete, these paths will eventually lead into Dreamers Point, rather than guests having to be re-routed around the construction completely.
What do you think of the latest construction updates for EPCOT and World Celebration? Are you excited to see the construction walls one day come down? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.