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Artist Rending as shared by Zach Riddley

An Update on Walt Disney’s EPCOT Statue

At the D23 Expo in 2019, the future of EPCOT was discussed in great detail. Several exciting projects were announced. Some of them, such as Cherry Tree Lane and the reimagining of Spaceship Earth, have faded to the background because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artist rendering of Cherry Tree Land shown at 2019 D23 Expo Credit: Paula K

One thing we learned about at the D23 Expo that year was a new planned statue of Walt Disney. EPCOT was his biggest dream, and even though the Park isn’t like he imagined it his presence should still be there.

Model of Walt’s vision of EPCOT as seen from the PeopleMover Credit: Paula K

There was no new word on the statue for quite some time, and we feared that it was another victim of the pandemic. At Destination D23 this past weekend, we learned that it is indeed happening. Imagineer Zach Riddley then shared the following on his Instagram page:

Walt Disney had a dream of an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow – his original bold vision for EPCOT. This legacy has inspired generations of Imagineers who built and continue to add stories and design concepts to this place we call EPCOT. It’s a park about people – and the dreams we all share. World Celebration will be the future home to a statue of Walt, celebrating his original dreams of this place and the boundless imagination that unites and inspires people from around the world.

Today at #DestinationD23, we shared a bit more about the process behind creating this original statue – Imagineer Scott Goddard spent months researching details about Walt from the period of his life when he was thinking about and sharing his vision of EPCOT. Scott continues the tradition of past Imagineers who hand-sculpt statues for our Parks and Cruise Ships, carefully sculpting the pose and features that will eventually be translated and cast into bronze for our life-size statue that will make its home in Dreamers Point – a new overlook we are creating just behind Spaceship Earth.

It’s going to be a stunning new entry point for all Guests visiting EPCOT – and a reminder that we are strongest as a global community when we dream together.

Artist rendering shown at 2019 D23 Expo Credit: Paula K

We look forward to seeing the statue. Walt Disney needs to be recognized in such a way inside EPCOT.

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.