This summer will mark another big step when Disney unveils the new flagship merchandise location, called Creations Shop this will replace Mouse Gears in Epcot.
Creations Shop features a bold, sleek design that creates a perfect showcase for the rich variety of items you’ll find as part of your EPCOT experience. It will be an open, bright, welcoming environment with huge glass walls that allow sunlight to pour in and make you feel like you’re in touch with nature even while indoors. Disney is using color, materials, and light in new ways with some unique EPCOT touches that connect back to this park’s storied past while looking to the future.
Today Walt Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley shared with us a look at how fast the Creations Shop is progressing in Epcot.
Here are more details from Zach.
I have enjoyed sharing with you some of our behind-the-scenes design thinking for EPCOT and our upcoming Creations Shop. I was just on-site recently with our team and they are making amazing progress heading towards our summer 2021 opening. I couldn’t be more proud!
We’ve focused a lot in our work on what makes this new design “feel like EPCOT.” We call it the “EPCOT aesthetic” and it’s a test we use in every one of our choices – from the largest moves down to the smallest details.
In the design of Creations Shop, we knew we would be working to restore an existing building. Our goal was to use this original geometry to our advantage – streamlining the façade and emphasizing the rhythm of vertical columns or “ribs” as we like to refer to them. As you can see in some of these original drawings and building sections, the space was always intended to be open and give flexibility to the program featured inside. We are bringing that openness back into our new designs as part of our new EPCOT aesthetic.
Our parti is all about the circle – and all our structural elements radiate from a center point at the heart of World Celebration. By simplifying the facades and emphasizing the beams between the columns – we will create uninterrupted lines that draw your eye from front to back. And these “beams” also give us space to integrate lighting and air conditioning for a seamless and functional look to the space.
In an earlier post I hinted about our take on the iconic light wells that defined this space, and look forward to sharing more as the new design continues to take shape!
Adjacent to the shop will be a revitalized Club Cool Hosted by Coca-Cola, which will also open this summer. This will celebrate Coca-Cola in a fresh new way while keeping the fan-favorite experience that invites you to explore tasty drinks from around the world. This space will also have some new magic to bring the global experience of Coca-Cola to life for you.
We are excited to see both the Creations Shop and Club Cool open this summer.
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