EPCOT MouseGear Construction Continues
After closing this summer to make way for the new Creations Shop, the former merchandise epicenter at EPCOT, MouseGear, continues to go through a massive transformation. Like much of EPCOT, MouseGear’s former building finds itself as part of an enormous transformation going on at the forward-thinking theme park.
Located in the World Discovery neighborhood, the former MouseGear building sits just behind the new flagship shopping experience, Creations Shop. Creations Shop opened to huge crowds on Sept. 15th. It unvei;ed a mid-century modern inspired new design and color pallete that will define the EPCOT refurbishments.
New beams appear to be the focal point of the construction this week. The streamlined look would place emphasis on tying the building into the new architectural motif.
The first step in the process appears to be removing the former futuristic facade to the MouseGear building structure.
Transforming MouseGear and More
EPCOT’s overhaul continues to be a work-in-progress with the bulk of the construction focused on World Discovery. The area will also house the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction. That ground-breaking thrill ride will debut in what was the Universe of Energy pavillion in the former Future World section of EPCOT.
Last weekend at Destination D23, Disney Parks Chariman Josh D’Amaro also announced the new Connections Cafe and Eatery that will offfer a quick-service food option in the World Celebration neighborhood, which sits just next to World Discovery, closer to Spaceship Earth.
“The original CommuniCore was built with floor to height glass. These spaces evolved over the years as Future World changed and new content came and went in these buildings, limiting views and covering many of the windows. In our new designs for these iconic structures we’ve opened things up – with completely new floor-to-ceiling glass walls,” Imagineer Zach Riddley said in an Instagram post months ago.
We certainly look forward to hearing more about the exciting possibilities for this large space. Odds are good that the new space will feature an emphasis on streamlined beams and bringing light inside.