New concept offers another look inside EPCOT's new Connections Café set to open this spring

9 days ago in "Connections Café and Eatery"

Posted: Friday March 18, 2022 3:!5pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Imagineer Zach Riddley has shared a new piece of concept art giving us another look inside the soon-to-open Connections Café in World Celebration at EPCOT. 

Along with sharing the new art, it has also been confirmed that EPCOT's new Starbucks will be located inside Connections Café. This is the first time that Disney has made mention of the new Starbucks, and that it will not be its own stand-alone store.

In his post on Instagram, Zach said:

Here is an early concept rendering for Connections Café at EPCOT, as seen from the south side of the new location right across the breezeway from Creations Shop. What I love about this piece is that it beautifully illustrates a few points of “connection” that we designed for our guests in this new space - how the gardens and greenery within World Celebration will complement the interiors, allowing our guests to harmonize with nature outside; how friends and family will gather together around a meal or beverage; and how show kitchens will provide a culinary experience for our guests within. The kitchen you see represented here will actually be responsible for making a variety of baked goods, which will be available at Connections Eatery.

You can just make out how the exterior approach reestablishes the arc of the building, expressing the original concept of a radial grid. Like the adjacent Creations Shop, light and color will play a big part in the interior aesthetic, including the same floor to ceiling glazing and a massive hand-painted mural we’ve previously mentioned within Connections Eatery. One very important detail I want to share about Connections Café, is that it will be the future home of Starbucks at EPCOT when the location opens this spring! Like other Starbucks locations inside our theme parks, this Starbucks will be designed to fit the theme of its surroundings – but more of those details to come later on.

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DisneywithNick3 hours ago

It's so nice to have the '82 CommuniCore roofline back 🥲

castlecake2.03 hours ago

I think 2 weeks more would be accurate :)

DisneywithNick6 hours ago

My gut has been telling me something will open Saturday April 9th... No clue why.

Vinnie Mac6 hours ago

Shoot my prediction might be wrong. This thing look like it's about to open tomorrow LOL

DisneywithNick6 hours ago

As of 10 minutes ago

Cmdr_Crimson9 hours ago

So, there's this now...

castlecake2.012 hours ago

Opening team Cast were supposed to start training there today but looks like they are being sent to other food locations in the park for now

lazyboy97o14 hours ago

@FerretAfros already addressed this. It was lumped into the marketing because it lined up, but was really a separate project.

DCBaker15 hours ago

Vinnie Mac1 day ago

Sometime between April 10th and April 25th. I'm calling it. If I'm wrong, you can take my house and family.

trainplane31 day ago


vikescaper1 day ago

My pure guess is in time for Easter but I’m probably way off.

jaxonp1 day ago

When is this thing opening? Crystal ball me.

UNCgolf1 day ago

It could absolutely hold up better relatively speaking, but that doesn't mean they won't have to change it. I think it's very unlikely this won't look dated in 20 or so years -- I'm not sure there's a single era of design that's avoided that fate, so there's no real reason to think this will be different. Those trends/eras often come back around after some time has passed, but there's basically always a period where they're out of style. Some of it is probably just due to general shift, where people want something different than their parents.