Epcot is opening the next phase of its years-long refurbishment on Dec. 5 with Dreamers Point and World Celebration Gardens. 

The most notable addition for these new areas is the new bronze statue of Walt Disney, called Walt the Dreamer. 

According to a post on the official Disney Parks Blog, the statue “represents Walt later in his life when he was dreaming up the overall Florida Project and the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. He sits with a sense of fulfillment, enjoying the beauty of his realized dream: a park that represents pure optimism and truly celebrates the magic of possibility.” 

The garden area surrounding the statue has been dubbed Dreamers Point, which is part of the larger World Celebration Gardens that will now fill the center of Epcot’s former Future World. 

Walt the Dreamer statue with Spaceship Earth in the background (Disney)

“Each of the gardens found in the center of World Celebration, including Dreamers Point, will connect back to the areas surrounding them, drawing on the architectural legacy of EPCOT, modern lighting elements and a variety of natural textures,” Disney said in its blog post. 

Dec. 5 also happens to be Walt Disney’s birthday. Along with the statue’s debut, that date will also feature the first performance of Epcot’s new nighttime show, “Luminous: The Symphony of Us.”  

Epcot has been the site of significant construction dating back to the 2017 closure of Ellen’s Energy Adventure. The transformation has given Epcot two new major attractions and a revamped entrance, while also leaving the center of the park’s front half sitting behind construction walls for more than four years.

That won’t end on Dec. 5, as the final pieces of Epcot’s overhaul, CommuniCore Hall and CommuniCore Plaza, were not included in Tuesday’s announcement. Disney had previously suggested that the entirety of World Celebration, including the hall and plaza, would be opening by the end of 2023.