CommuniCore Hall and Plaza Now Open at EPCOT

by | Jun 10, 2024 | EPCOT, WDW Blog

The EPCOT CommuniCore Hall and Plaza are officially open at Walt Disney World! Find out exactly what you can expect from the final attraction to open as part of the overall EPCOT transformation.

Over the past few years, EPCOT has undergone a massive transformation with updated rides, neighborhood names, and more. In that time we’ve gotten new additions such as Connections Cafe and Eatery, new lighting on Spaceship Earth, and the opening of World Celebration in December. And now, the finishing touches are finally complete! Beginning today, guests can experience CommuniCore Hall and Plaza at EPCOT as part of World Celebration.

CommuniCore Hall and Plaza

So, what can you expect at CommuniCore Hall and Plaza? Well, there’s quite a bit! At CommuniCore Hall you’ll find a relaxing indoor space with chairs and tables, as well as a place for gathering and event spaces. And CommuniCore Plaza is an outdoor space with daytime and nighttime entertainment. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what you can expect from each part of the new addition to EPCOT.

Meet Mickey & Friends

Ready to meet with Mickey and friends? There’s a new dedicated meet-and-greet area where you can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and more! The new opportunity offers both a standby queue as well as a Lightning Lane option, meaning you can use one of your Genie+ selections to meet with the gang.

Photo by Danny Shuster

The outdoor portion of the queue features an incredible mural that showcases some of the highlights of EPCOT, including the monorail, Cosmic Rewind coaster, EPCOT characters, and more. The mural is intended to celebrate the EPCOT of both past and present, a special reminder of where EPCOT has been and what it has become as the new EPCOT transformation if fully complete.

¡Celebración Encanto!

Now through September 6, a new limited-time show, “¡Celebración Encanto!,” will run several times throughout the day. The show features a sing-along with the songs and story of Encanto, along with trivia, dancing, and more. Plus, you’ll get to see the characters of Mirabel and Bruno appear towards the end of the show. The show is similar to “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, involving the audience with the performances of the show. But this limited-time run is located outdoors, with plenty of space for children and adults alike to dance around throughout the performance.

mirabel and bruno celebration encanto communicore hall and plaza

Photo by Danny Shuster

! It’s a highly interactive show that’s perfect for kids, especially those who are fans of Encanto who will love getting to experience the songs and characters from the film. The screen behind the stage features trivia, Spanish word translations for kids to learn, and lyrics to sing along with the song. You’ll get to learn dance moves to go along with the songs, such as during “What Else Can I Do?” and “Surface Pressure.” It’s definitely a show you won’t want to miss bringing little ones to throughout the summer months.

Festival Favorites

For a limited time, there will also be Encanto-inspired treats you can pick up at the location, debuting as “Festival Favorites.” This ever-changing assortment will feature favorite items from the four EPCOT Festivals to enjoy. For this summer, it will include food such including a Cheese-stuffed Arepa with cilantro-lime crema and cotija cheese, and the Coconut Tres Leches, which is a vanilla cake soaked with oat, almond, and coconut milk topped with toasted coconut.

A Show Kitchen

Similar to what you can find at Connections Café and Eatery, at CommuniCore Hall, you can see a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what the culinary team is up to. The show kitchen in CommuniCore Hall offers a look behind the scenes at EPCOT culinary Cast Members making delicious dishes for special events and occasions.

The Future of CommuniCore Hall and Plaza

As for how CommuniCore Hall and Plaza will be used, there will be plenty more shared in the gathering and event space throughout time! The area will come to life to highlight art, live music, food, and more. It will be used as a dynamic space to anchor EPCOT Festivals and everything in between, so we’ll keep you updated with everything else it will be used for in the future.

Thank you to Disney for hosting us during the This Is Magic Media Event including a preview of Communicore Hall & Plaza.

Posts by Morgan Flaherty

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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