We previously shared the news that Disney announced the unveiling of a new flagship merchandise location, called Creations Shop arriving this summer at EPCOT. As EPCOT’s transformation continues to unfold, a Disney Imagineer is sharing a few details and photos about the new shop.
As shared via Zach Riddley Instagram: “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!”
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Looks like it’s coming along! We’re looking forward to checking it out and doing a little shopping this summer. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about what’s to come for EPCOT during this time of transformation.