The EPCOT transformation continues! If you haven’t been to EPCOT in some time, chances are you’d be shocked to see just how much of the Park is currently under construction. While no one likes to see construction walls on their magical Disney day, but it’s inevitable and necessary to keep the Parks up to date and interesting. Disney especially saw the need to reimagine the current “Future World” portion of EPCOT. The dated area of the Park is getting a huge facelift. Disney has announced a new flagship shop will open at EPCOT called “Creations”. This new EPCOT merchandise hub is slowly but surely coming together with hopes of it opening SOON. And now, Disney Imagineer, Zach Riddley, has provided an inside look at “Mouse in Motion” on the way into the Disney Park!
A sneak peek as shared by Imagineer Zach Riddley via Instagram provides a look at a new addition of Mouse in Motion: “EPCOT has a wealth of original art and artifacts installed through the Park that tells OUR story – of history and wonder and curiosity. Since the beginning, murals like the ones we see at Spaceship Earth, Living with the Land, and all throughout World Showcase have been an important piece of EPCOT. Continuing this legacy of original art pieces, our team leading this transformation has found ways to represent both the creativity of the artists and the inspiration they bring to all who come to this place.”
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“This was a driving idea behind Creations Shop – a place dedicated to creative inspiration and commemoration that comes from the wonderful souvenirs we collect to mark our experiences. Today, I am excited to reveal – for the first time – one of these original art pieces installed in Creations Shop, featuring our muse for creativity, Mickey Mouse.”
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“Like all original pieces of art – this one has a title: Mouse in Motion! This mural is hand-painted, and as you move closer, you can see the brushstrokes and movement directly from the artist’s hands. And this mural is large – spanning over 35 feet. It is placed on the south end of our shop, in a position that you can admire from all corners of this new space.”
“The composition features Mickey Mouse in dynamic poses through a prism of colors. From left to right, Mickey is in a moment of movement and energy, recalling graphic inspiration drawn from print, media, and even street art. We were inspired by our legacy – leveraging hand-drawn linework and the look of Mickey Mouse from the time when Walt Disney World and EPCOT were first being dreamed up by Walt Disney and his early Imagineers. In the left portion of the composition, Mickey is proudly carrying a pennant emblazed with the EPCOT logo, one of many nods to our past captured through our design. This bold statement inspires us, now and into the future. It’s present tense. Like Mickey, we keep moving optimistically towards a future of our making. Stay tuned for even more details on the reimagining of EPCOT.”
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We’re looking forward to visiting Creations Shop when it opens to check out this new “Mouse in Motion” mural in person. We have yet to receive an opening date, but the word is “late summer”. As we roll into September we’re curious if late summer is still a possibility – BUT, technically summer lasts through September 22, so we shall see! We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about this exciting new shop.