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Disney Imagineers Carefully Select EPCOT Pavement But Prefer We Don’t Notice

EPCOT continues their massive transformation! When visiting the park, you’re quickly confronted with the massive amount of construction taking over the Future World portion of the park as Disney Imagineers are hard at work transforming the space into new “neighborhoods”. What may seem like an unpleasant thing to work around at the moment is really pixie dust for what’s to come.

EPCOT’s Four Neighborhoods

Disney Imagineers are ensuring they are carefully selecting all the details, right down to the pavement we will be walking on… but they prefer for us to not notice! Creative Portfolio Executive at Walt Disney Imagineer, Zach Riddley, took to social media to share a little insight on what goes into something as simple as the pavement selection in the parks.

Credit: Zach Riddley Instagram

As shared by Zach Riddley: “Continuing to look at the inspiration and design details of EPCOT, today I’m sharing a story about paving. It’s a surface you don’t often pay direct attention to, but the color and texture of the ground under your feet are a primary surface for storytelling. Cobblestones, brick, curbing, scored concrete, patterned terrazzo (like the new flooring coming to Club Cool and Creations Shop that I’ve shared previously) all work to immerse you in a believable place. But we actually prefer you don’t notice the ground too much! It’s all part of the bigger composition of placemaking that makes each of our parks and neighborhoods special. For EPCOT we set out to find new paving materials to define this texture for World Celebration. We wanted warm grays in a range of hues to complement the silvers and off-whites of Spaceship Earth and many of our new World Celebration facades. Here you can see some of the material and samples the team evaluates when thinking about scale tone, reflectivity and overall colors. Funny how something as simple as pavement can be so important to achieving an environment that just “feels right.””

Credit: Zach Riddley Instagram
Credit: Zach Riddley Instagram
Credit: Zach Riddley Instagram

Do you notice the Disney pavement while strolling through the parks? There are certain areas where we have, but in general we are looking all around rather than down. Of course, we can’t help but remember what we called EPCOT’s pixie dust pavement that could be found in the Future World portion of the park before construction. We’re hopping Disney brings back at least some of that special pavement!

Former Future World Pixie Dust Pavement

We’ll keep you posted as EPCOT’s transformation continues to unfold. In the meantime, get ready to experience EPCOT’s latest news with the debut date of the new nighttime spectacular, Harmonious!

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.