‘Encanto’ Theming Added to CommuniCore Screen, Cast Members Previewing Mickey & Friends Meet and Greet in EPCOT

Shannen Ace

A small stage with colorful banners hanging above, a red ladder is placed at the center. There are shrubs and a paint can in front, and trees are visible behind the stage.

‘Encanto’ Theming Added to CommuniCore Screen, Cast Members Previewing Mickey & Friends Meet and Greet in EPCOT

During EPCOT construction, more “Encanto” theming has been added to the screen in CommuniCore Plaza and Cast Members are previewing the new Mickey & Friends meet and greet in CommuniCore Hall.

CommuniCore Plaza

A partially constructed area is surrounded by temporary fencing, with trees and plants in the foreground. Various structures and a few people are visible in the background.

When CommuniCore Hall and Plaza open on June 10, “Celebración Encanto” will debut in the Plaza. Flags adorn the overhang of the stage and colorful wraps are around the nearby columns.

A small group of people walk past a construction barrier in a park. In the background, there's a stage with colorful decorations and trees scattered throughout the area.

There are also flags along the front of the stage. The screen hanging over the stage has been decorated with a frame resembling Casita from “Encanto.”

A small stage with colorful banners hanging above, a red ladder is placed at the center. There are shrubs and a paint can in front, and trees are visible behind the stage.

There are faux shingles with foliage across the top. The sides of the frame resemble light terra cotta. Crew members were working on the screen.

A partially obscured stage is visible behind dark fencing, with green leafy trees and clear blue sky in the background. Signs with safety instructions are mounted on the fence.

A new metal panel has been added to the back of the screen, covering some of the technical elements. This is not “Encanto” themed but more inspired by the paneling of Spaceship Earth.

Outdoor area with modern concrete benches and chairs surrounded by large leafy plants. A dark-colored fence stands in the background, adorned with colorful triangular flags.

Similar designs are used on CommuniCore Hall and throughout World Celebration Gardens.

Mickey & Friends Meet and Greet

An exterior view of a building surrounded by trees and construction barriers. People are walking along a path and a few are standing near white umbrellas placed next to the barricaded walkway, reminiscent of the bustling atmosphere around CommuniCore in its prime.

On the other side of CommuniCore Hall, a gate in construction walls was opened to allow Cast Members entry for a Mickey & Friends meet and greet preview.

People are standing and sitting near a shaded seating area surrounded by green barriers in an outdoor space with palm trees and flowering plants.

Rolling planters blocked the gate and Cast Members were stationed outside. Disney recently shared a first look at the new meet and greet space. This will be the first time since the closure of Innoventions that the characters have a permanent indoor meet and greet together. Mickey and Minnie are still meeting in their Disney100 attire at the Imagination! Pavilion until June 10.

Journey of Water Station

A clear daytime view of lush trees with a white geodesic dome structure visible on the left. The sky is blue with few clouds.

More trees have been planted around the water station for Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana.” The trees mostly block the station from guest view.

A large geodesic dome structure, reminiscent of the CommuniCore era, stands prominently under a clear blue sky. A path weaves through trees, flanked by barriers and construction equipment.

Shrubs have been planted on the ground around the trees to fill in the rest of the dirt space.

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