Our weekly visit to Epcot includes a bunch of construction updates — including seeing part of the track for the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride!
The Guardians of the Galaxy ride isn’t the only thing going on Epcot right now, there’s also the addition of the Ratatouille Ride in the France Pavilion, TWO brand new restaurants, prep work for the new nighttime show, and more must-have merchandise!
Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy Ride Construction Progress
The new ride’s queue will be in the former Universe of Energy building which is undergoing its own transformation, including the removal of the solar panel roof.
That giant ride building is coming along — and we even spied some track in the building!
The ride opens in 2021. How excited are you for this addition to the park?
Epcot’s New Mission Space Restaurant Construction Progress
In 2020 Epcot will welcome a brand new space-themed restaurant between the Mission:Space and Test Track attractions.
Epcot’s New Restaurant in Japan Pavilion Construction Progress
A new signature restaurant is coming to the Japan Pavilion. This won’t replace any location, it will be a third dining location in the pavilion in addition to Teppen Edo and Tokyo Dining.
Like Teppen Edo and Tokyo Dining, Mitsukoshi USA will operate this new location that will be “inspired by the natural beauty of Japan”.
Epcot’s Ratatouille Ride, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Construction Progress
This ride will open in 2021.
Work is also being done in pavilion to prepare for the addition of a Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along “soon”.
Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon Construction Progress
As if two new restaurants, two new rides, and a new sing-along wasn’t enough, Epcot is also getting ready to say goodbye to IllumiNations this fall and replace it with a temporary show, Epcot Forever, before the permanent replacement for IllumiNations comes next year. All that change means they need to do some work on World Showcase’s islands.
If you’re an IllumiNations fan, check out the IllumiNations Dining Package that just started to help you nab a prime seat to see the show and enjoy a yummy meal.
Menu Updates in Epcot
The Bier Cart near the Lagoon in the Germany pavilion has updated the name of their jumbo pretzel to show the name of the supplier of the Pretzel, Prop & Peller. We did not see this name change on the Bier Cart outside the merchandise shop or the Sommerfest menu yet. We did confirm it is the same pretzel at all three locations despite the mis-matched names right now.
Canada’s Le Cellier Steakhouse, home of the Passholder Exclusive Poutine, has introduced Steak Frites to the menu. The Steak Frites replace the New York Strip Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus.
What’s New in Epcot’s Shops and Stores — New Merchandise
We found those crave-worthy Donut Minnie Mouse Ears!
Now donuts aren’t just for breakfast anymore (like they ever were!).
If you need to reference the lyrics to a song as you do the dishes these new Beauty and the Beast dish towels are here to help you perfect your signing — they’ve got the lyrics and music to Beauty and the Beast songs on them.
And, the other towel in the set features Chip, Mrs. Potts, and Lumiere to keep you company as you do your chores.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, there’s a new Lady and the Tramp Alex & Ani charm bracelet for your (or your sweetheart’s) collection.
Let us know which item from this week’s post you’re looking forward to the most — you’ve got a lot to choose from between new rides, restaurants, nighttime shows, sing-alongs, and more!
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