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Disney Unveils ‘Walt the Dreamer’ Statue and World Celebration Opening Date

At long last Disney has announced the official end of what we’ve coined the “EPCOT Crater.” For the first time in four years, guests will be able to walk straight through EPCOT at Walt Disney World. The replacement to the former Fountain of Nations area, the World Celebration Gardens, will open on December 5th, 2023.

Aerial of World Celebration Gardens area. (Source: bioreconstruct)

Inside World Celebration’s garden area is Dreamers Point, featuring a Walt Disney statue seated on the left side of a massive bench. The statue titled ‘Walt the Dreamer’ will also be opening on December 5th, Walt Disney’s birthday.

The bronze statue titled “Walt the Dreamer” represents Walt later in his life when he was imagining ideas for the Florida Project and what ultimately became EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (©Disney)

The new World Celebration area is a notable departure from the former Innoventions space. Innoventions featured state-of-the-art exhibits and demonstrations, as well as a massive fountain containing waters from 29 nations.

Aerial view of former Innoventions area at EPCOT. (Courtesy: Google Maps)

Maintenance costs on the proprietary fountain as well as the constant effort required to keep Innoventions up to date gave Disney a financial incentive to upend the area. Now home to little more than pathways and planters, the cost of maintenance and upkeep in this area has been reduced dramatically.

Winding pathways and planters of World Celebration. (Source: bioreconstruct)

The demolition of Innoventions West has left the center spine of EPCOT asymmetrical. Embracing this new lack of symmetry, Walt Disney Imagineering adopted an “organic” approach to this central area. It features wandering pathways, oddly shaped planters, and an off-center Walt Disney. Whether this more haphazard, Animal Kingdom-style layout will jive in the brutally geometric EPCOT Center remains to be determined.

Walt Disney sits on EPCOT-inspired bench inside the World Celebration area opening December 5th, 2023. (©Disney)

The World Celebration Gardens and ‘Walt the Dreamer’ statue open to the public on December 5th, 2023.

Brayden produces quality Disney news commentary videos at Mickey Views. He is also working on feature-quality documentary films at "Address Unknown."


  1. Jeezz…common Disney..who did you hired as an architect aka landscaper? This non centered Epcot logo is an amateur job, it shouldn’t have passed approval . Walt would not open the area without fixing this.

    • It’s not a mistake, it’s deliberately organic in contrast to the rectiliniarity of the rest of the Gateway. It’s the reason they deliberately didn’t mirror the Connections and Creations buildings where Innoventions West was.

      Surveying on a job like that is done via GPS guided laser transits, and is double and triple checked. Plus, there are so many utilities running into the area that even the slightest dimensional bust would be picked up as early as the first underground tench being dug, and would have been quickly corrected easily and at no real cost.

      Brayden is great with his financial analyses, and his Imagineering contacts are always spot-on, and if there really was a dimensional bust that was so “obvious”, I’m sure his contacts would have given him the 411 months ago and he’d have broken that story long ago.


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