Today we visit Epcot to see What’s New in Future World, World Showcase, and (lots of!) merchandise! Journey with us!
Epcot’s Future World
Electric Umbrella has this handy Allergy-Friendly Menu available for diners. It covers Gluten/Wheat, Milk, Egg, Peanut/Tree Nut, Soy, and Fish/Shellfish allergies.
At Fountain View, the park’s Starbucks location, bagels will now be available later into the day (while the day’s supplies last). We saw this extension at Disney’s Hollywood Studios recently, too.
There’s lots of construction in progress in Future World, including the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster!
This massive ride building will house an indoor coaster that’s expected to thrill guests in 2021.
Some of the building is also visible from the Wonders of Life pavilion area.
The entrance of the attraction is a construction zone, too.
Nearby, ‘Space 220’, the space-themed restaurant coming to the area adjacent to Mission: Space is taking shape — literally. This monolith is a curve of cinderblocks.
The restaurant extends behind the treeline as well.
Epcot’s World Showcase
Kringla Bakeri og Kafe in the Norway Pavilion introduced a lovely lemon cheesecake around Easter, and it’s still in the case! We loved the bright and tasty treat, which now has a gummy lemon wedge on top rather than the Easter Eggs it initially came topped with. (Click here to read our review of this Springtime Cheesecake!)
Over at the American Adventure pavilion, construction walls and fences are up from the seating area to the DVC booth.
Work is also in progress on the bricks at the entrance of the pavilion.
The areas on either side of the main doors are complete with refreshed brick and mortar work.
The center bricks are still to be addressed.
In Heritage Manor, Coney Island Classics Kettle Corn is now available. It’s $5.99 per bag and not snack credit eligible.
In Italy, guests can now participate in the Paint Your Own Mask activity! For $30 for a resin mask or $50 for a paper mache mask, a guest receives a plain mask and access to craft supplies. We’ve got all the details here!
The activity itself takes only as long as your creativity requires, and masks can be picked up later in the day or sent to the front of the park or to your Disney World resort when they’re dry. Paint Your Own Mask is available between 11AM and 8PM.
Outside at the Italy pavilion, the Donkey Cart has new cocktail popsicles (hello, refreshing!) in limoncello, berry sangria, and sparkling strawberry. The Rose Regale has been removed from this menu but is still available in the Italy wine store.
Stay tuned for our full review!
In Japan, cool off with the Blood Orange Lemonade at the outdoor sake bar.
The new, as-yet-unnamed signature restaurant in Japan is also taking shape.
Chefs de France has a new fish option: Riz safrane aux fruits de mer. This replaces a previous cod and monkfish dish with updated accompaniments.
L’Artisan des Glaces has a new specialty flavor: orange!
Construction on the new Ratatouille ride at the France pavilion continues. Scaffolding is visible over the roofline from various angles.
And International Gateway construction continues as the Skyliner station necessitated new entrance and security layouts.
In the United Kingdom, cast members were celebrating the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!
And in Canada, Le Cellier‘s current World Showcase Poutine is from Norway and features French fries topped with juniper salt, cheese curds, white cheddar cheese, citrus-cured salmon, dill cream, pickled shallots, and crispy capers. (Don’t forget you can order the secret menu Traditional Poutine — you just have to ask! See more here!)
In the former smoking area between Norway and China, guests will now find this no smoking sign. It indicates that the designated smoking area is outside the Park entrance. See more here!
At merchandise carts around the park, we spotted these Tinker Bell Glow Wings! (We found them in Disneyland last week!)
The wings are battery-operated and glow in various colors. The lights can also flash.
This Tink-shaped button on the strap allows you to cycle through the colors and make the lights flash or still. Cute detail!
Flower & Garden Festival merchandise is 25% off, and multiple cast members we asked said AP and DVC discounts should also apply! Click here for more details about the discount!
Mickey and Minnie American Flag merchandise has arrived in Mouse Gear.
The collection includes red, white, and blue dishware.
We’re loving this Minnie Mouse picture frame and the adorable plush, too!
Other merch includes a set of salt and pepper shakers and lots of clothing and hats!
There are even spirit jerseys…of course!
And the piece de resistance: these red, white, and blue Minnie ears! So far we’ve only spotted these at Mouse Gear, but we expect they’ll pop up all over the World soon!
We also spotted this new-to-us “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” shirt in Mouse Gear.
Epcot also has lots of Aladdin merchandise. We told you about it here — click to learn more!
And at various locations in World Showcase, some flag toothpick holders, glassware, and ornaments are BOGO 40% off!
At Imagination’s ImageWorks, we spotted the first of what we’re sure will be LOADS of Disney’s Riviera Resort merchandise. This display is located near the entrance to the DVC lounge.
And don’t forget Mother’s Day, y’all! We found these little placards in various merch locations encouraging shoppers to buy some “magic for mom”.
Epcot’s International Gateway Skyliner Construction
At the International Gateway, Skyliner construction continues. Presently the security and entrance areas here have seen a small change while the regular entrance sees changes to accommodate the new gondola system.
We’ll have more looks at this later today.
Epcot Moment of Zen
And finally, some love from one of our favorite mice! We heart you, too, Minnie!
Thanks for journeying on this, our spaceship earth, with us! See ya next time from Walt Disney World with the latest What’s New!