PHOTOS: Journey of Water and CommuniCore Hall Construction Progresses at EPCOT

Shannen Michaelsen

At the center of EPCOT, CommuniCore Hall and Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana” are on their way to a late 2023 opening.

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World Celebration will also have new gardens and Dreamer’s Point, featuring a new statue of Walt Disney, directly behind Spaceship Earth.

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A small structure is coming together near CommuniCore Hall but seems to be separate from it.

CommuniCore Hall & Plaza

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The name CommuniCore is a reference to two pavilions that were part of EPCOT on opening day. They were later reimagined into Innoventions before eventually being demolished. The new CommuniCore Hall and Plaza will serve as a multi-functional space that will be used during the park’s various festivals. The hall will be home to a Mickey & Friends meet and greet, a demo kitchen, a mixology bar, a gallery space, and more.

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A long awning now sticks out of the CommuniCore building, towards the small structure and over a circle of concrete constructed earlier this month. The awning may eventually become a full wing of the building.

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The main part of the building has yet to be enclosed, but we can see the shape thanks to steel supports and concrete elevator shafts.

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Grids of steel provide the base for future wall paneling.

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CommuniCore Hall and Plaza are on the west side of World Celebration, bordering World Nature.

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In the concept art above, CommuniCore is the dark building on the left. Creations Shop and Connections are both within the building on the right.

Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana”

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Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana” will be next to CommuniCore Hall but is part of World Nature.

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Themed lanterns were hung from some of the curved lampposts a few weeks ago, but some of the posts remain wrapped in plastic.

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Brown sidewalks are being paved and lined with short logs or rocks. This will be a walkthrough attraction, leading guests past water features and a Te Fiti statue. The rocky structure in the photo above is at the entrance to the attraction.

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The concept art shows how water will cascade over this rockwork.

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Another paved sidewalk goes past the attraction towards Dreamer’s Point. This sidewalk has been lined with trees, partially blocking a concrete wall from view.

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More plants and theming will presumably be added to block the rest of the wall.

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Across the sidewalk from Journey of Water is a service station for the water system.

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A fence has been constructed around the service station. Another paved sidewalk is past the service station, directly behind Spaceship Earth.

Concept art for Journey of Water Inspired by Moana walkthrough attraction in EPCOT

The above concept art shows Journey of Water at the center and CommuniCore Hall to the right.

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  • Shannen Michaelsen

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