EPCOT Transformation Construction Update: Moana Journey of Water, CommuniCore Hall and Dreamers Point

First announced at D23 Expo in 2019, EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort is currently undergoing a transformation. While new attractions like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind have already opened, work continues within the central part of what is now known as World Celebration.

Adding to the now open Creations Shop and Connections Cafe and Eatery, this central part of the front-half of the park will also feature future gardens, a multi-purpose event and character space named CommuniCore Hall, an outdoor stage, and the outdoor attraction, Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana.

EPCOT as seen from the air, Aerial Photos by Bioreconstruct

Thanks to the amazing aerial photography of Bioreconstruct on Twitter, we’re getting a bird’s eye view of some of the big changes happening within this central area of the park.

The official concept art below shows what this area of EPCOT will look like once complete. Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana can be seen to the right of Spaceship Earth. Above that is a new CommuniCore Hall and stage area. Across from this area, seen on the left, are the Creations Shop and Connections Cafe and Eatery, already open now. And within the center of this area will be new gardens and green spaces.

Latest concept rendering for World Celebration at EPCOT from Disney

Below is a recent aerial photograph showing this area within the center of the photo. The completed and open shop and restaurant are to the left, and Journey of Water as well as CommuniCore Hall, still under construction, can be seen on the right.

Current construction progress on World Celebration, Photo: Bioreconstruct

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana will be a walk-through attraction, set to open late 2023. It will lead guests through a winding path connecting World Celebration, behind Spaceship Earth, and World Nature, near The Seas with Nemo and Friends.

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana construction

Disney describes Journey of Water as a “lush exploration trail that will invite guests to meet and play with magical, living water. Just like Moana’s friend the ocean, water will have a personality of its own, helping guests learn how to protect the natural water cycle in a fun and engaging way.”

Official concept art from Disney for Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana

A milestone for construction on this new attraction was recently hit as the centerpiece ‘Te Fiti’ statue was just installed, seen in the photo below labeled as number 3.

Disney says, “Along with Moana as a steward of water conservation, Te Fiti is a symbol of how we should protect and nurture water wherever we find it.”

Closer view of Te Fiti, seen at center of this photo

Disney has released a close-up view of what the Te Fiti figure looks like, seen below.

Also under construction within this area, CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza will be home to character meet and greets, special event space, and an outdoor stage where guests can watch performances from both the front and back of the area.

World Celebration with CommuniCore Plaza seen bottom right of circular area

In the photo below we can see the future CommuniCore Hall structure on left. The outdoor stage area is on the right, with foundations and shapes still being poured.

Construction progress of CommuniCore Hall and Plaza

The photo below shows the reverse angle of this area. Number one is the label for the plaza’s circular stage. Number 2 shows planter shape that may be the edge of main audience viewing area. Arrow illustrates where additional audience viewing will be located behind the round stage area as well.

CommuniCore Hall and Plaza construction

Below is a closer view of CommuniCore Plaza stage area. Arrows are showing roof of underground utilidor tunnel structure.

Future CommuniCore Plaza stage area

Concept art from Disney showing CommuniCore Plaza in World Celebration

The graphic below illustrates the layout of these areas, including Mickey and Friends character meet and greet area within the CommuniCore Hall main structure, the plaza stage, Journey of water, central gardens, and the existing Creations Shop and Connections Cafe and Eatery.

Layout image of World Celebration, Photo: Scott Gustin

Within the center of this round World Celebration area will be a new courtyard and gardens section of the park. The World Celebration gardens will create a new hub for the front half of EPCOT.

Official concept art of World Celebration, the hub area for EPCOT

Some of the forms for walkways and curving paths within this area are already starting to take shape.

Construction progress within the center of World Celebration

Official concept art for the center of World Celebration in EPCOT

Directly behind Spaceship Earth, will be a small section of World Celebration named Dreamers Point. This area will feature a new statue, named “Walt the Dreamer.”

Dreamer’s Point area seen at top of this photo

Pavement for Dreamers Point being installed now

While concept art for the new statue for Dreamers Point was revealed years ago, we got our first look at the actual statue during the D23 Expo last September.

“Walt the Dreamer” statue concept art for Dreamers Point

Actual “Walt the Dreamer” statue revealed at the D23 Expo on Sept. 8, 2022, Photo: Disney

Disney has not announced when the rest of World Celebration will be ready for guests, only that Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana will be opening by the end of this year.

Before we wrap up, the next two photographs show what the area within this front section EPCOT looks like now, and how the area looked in 2019 before construction began.

Here is the area of EPCOT before construction began, in 2019

And here is that same area, under construction now, in 2023

A big thank you to Bioreconstruct on Twitter for providing us with these wonderful aerial photos. You can follow him for even more amazing views above the theme parks! And be sure to follow us for more Walt Disney World news and updates as we get closer to the official Tron Lightcycle / Run grand opening in April!

Concept art for EPCOT’s World Celebration

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