Imagineer Zach Riddley Reveals Future EPCOT Starbucks Location

This week Imagineer Zach Riddley revealed the future home of Starbucks at EPCOT. In an Instagram post, Riddley shared concept art for Connections Café. The new dining location will be located right across the breezeway from Creations Shop.

Riddley shared that Connections Café will be opening sometime this spring. The Starbucks location that will be found there will be designed to fit cohesively in the surrounding location. This is what has been done with other Starbucks locations in Disney Parks as well. He also shared that a kitchen seen in the concept art will be making baked goods that will be available at Connections Eatery.

Along with details about the dining coming to the location, Riddley also highlighted how the design “establishes the arc of the building.” This is a nod towards to original concept of a radial grid for the building. Just as light and color plays a big part of Creations Shop, the same will be true for Creations Café.

Read all of Zach Riddley’s post from Instagram below:

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.

Stay connected with me here as I look forward to sharing more details about Connections Café and Eatery and the overall EPCOT transformation as we keep moving forward!

What do you think of the future home of Starbucks at Connections Café? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!