Crews are working on the pavement around CommuniCore Hall and Plaza, as well as on the new building’s walls. CommuniCore Hall is part of the years-long reimagining of EPCOT.
CommuniCore Hall & Plaza Construction
CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza are located in World Celebration, at the edge of the gardens that opened in December. Some walls of the new building feature Spaceship Earth-inspired paneling. Some of the panels are colored instead of white, creating more depth in the facade.
Construction walls currently jut out into the sidewalk between World Celebration Gardens and the World Showcase bridge, although there is a gap that guests can walk around. Behind the walls, the pavement has been torn up to be replaced.
Two long awnings and white light poles frame CommuniCore Plaza. The plaza will be a new location for live music performances and more. Currently, EPCOT utilizes World Showcase Plaza at the other end of the bridge for such entertainment.
The awnings are supported by white poles. There are still exposed steel frames where the final paneling has not been installed on the walls.
The slanted white light poles sit in planters in the plaza.
Electrical work in the ground suggests there will be more light-up pavement around CommuniCore Hall. Light-up pavement returned with World Celebration Gardens, synching with Spaceship Earth light shows. However, we’ve already seen issues with the lights.
Much of the plaza has been paved but there are still dirt areas where crew members are working. Young trees have been added to some of the planters.
CommuniCore Hall and Plaza replace a festival pavilion originally planned for World Celebration. CommuniCore will include areas for festival activities, as well as a permanent Mickey & Friends meet-and-greet space.
We saw several crew members working on a wall facing the plaza. It looks like they’ve installed new black paneling. Below them, a section of the wall is covered in white sheathing.
More crew members were on the ground in that area. The wall directly facing the Walt Disney World Monorail track is plain white.
On the other side of the white wall, more crew members were working on wall paneling. This side faces Journey of Water Inspired by “Moana,” the park’s newest attraction part of World Nature. Though CommuniCore and Journey of Water are right next to each other, they are part of different lands.
This wall is covered in black sheathing with holes in it. The pathway between CommuniCore and Journey of Water opened with the gardens.
There are some white walls between CommuniCore and the World Nature restrooms. These walls feature a triangular pattern also inspired by Spaceship Earth.
Though Journey of Water is open, work also continues around the attraction’s water station. A short concrete wall runs between the water station and the construction walls. The water station is hidden from view on the ground by palm trees and other elements that match Journey of Water.
A crew member was working on the ground next to a red concrete wall that ends at rockwork. The ground he was crouched on has been covered with a steel framework before concrete is poured.
Another crew member was working on a wooden wall that looks like it will connect to another wooden wall outlining a path to the water station. This space is directly behind the Moana meet and greet.
The white wall creating a corner around a planter is for the new bypass through this area. The pathway leading from the EPCOT entrance to The Seas With Nemo & Friends closed earlier this month, so guests once again have to enter the park by going beneath Spaceship Earth. This new pathway will lead from just beyond Spaceship Earth into World Nature.