We’re zipping over to Epcot today, wanna come??
Epcot is a pretty sweet place to be for holiday festivities right now! With the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays in full swing, there’s a lot to see and even more to eat; we love checking out the Holiday Kitchens and Storytellers that are spreading holiday cheer around the World Showcase right now. Still, Epcot is undergoing a transformation, so even outside of the festival, there are tons of updates in food, construction, and merchandise. Let’s check them out!
Epcot Food Updates
Let’s start off with our fave part — the food!!! We popped into Kringla Bakeri og Kafe and noticed that the Olaf Topper is gone from the Fall Cheesecake. Don’t be fooled by those colors, though! This guy is still lemon-flavored.
Over in Germany, we noticed that the bottled cider was missing at the Germany Bier Cart. Instead, there’s a seasonal beer in its place. As of yesterday, they still didn’t have a seasonal beer available, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for that!
The winter season is a great time to try out Germany’s warm spiced wine at Weinkeller. It’s called Glühwein and it’s traditionally served at Christmas markets — perfect for the season!
Pizza al Taglio has closed again in the Italy Pavilion. But worry not, we’ll be chowing down on pizza by the slice again on December 20th.
There’s good news out of Japan, though! The Outdoor Sake Bar has a new cocktail called Ringo Punch complete with Plum Wine, Sake, Peach Schnapps, and Apple and Pear Syrups.
You also might have seen a familiar dish appear at the Canada Popcorn Cart, now in addition to regular and maple popcorn, you can also get Caramel Apple Popcorn! This stuff was available during Epcot Food and Wine this year and must have been such a hit that they decided to add it to the menu for a bit.
Wine-lovers, rejoice! The World Showcase Wine Walk has returned! They weren’t selling new Wine Walks at all during Epcot Food and Wine, so it’s pretty exciting to see this experience is back again. It really is a great way to taste wine from around the world.
Also good news for wine-drinkers: You can still get your bubbly on with the Champagne Flight at Aux Vins de France in the France Pavilion.
Epcot Construction Updates
Now, let’s talk about construction. Get comfy because we’re seeing a LOT of changes at Epcot right now. First up, the Food and Wine Dance Party stage is gone and there’s some new (and possibly temporary) foliage in its place.
Of course, we can’t do an Epcot What’s New without peeking at the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster progress. The building is more obstructed now but it looks like there are some new coverings on the outside. Any progress is good progress!
There were also more walls and foliage up outside of The Seas with Nemo and Friends on the way to Coral Reef Restaurant. We’re not too sure what these guys are hiding!
The Donut Box from Food and Wine is also officially cleared away.
Checkin’ in on Cool Wash: All of the signage is still up but the location remains closed.
There’s also some construction inside Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival to prep for a new character meet and greet area.
The Joyful Celebration Stage is up for the holidays! You can catch the Joyful: A Celebration of the Season throughout the day for some rockin’ Christmas tunes.
Epcot Merchandise Updates
And let’s round out this round-up with some merchandise! The Walt Disney Day Pin has been around but was on display yesterday in honor of Walt’s birthday. Commemorate Mr. Disney himself with this $17.99 pin at Pin Traders.
Mouse Gear has a couple of new 2020 merchandise items like this sweatshirt that features the Sensational Six for $44.99.
It also has park icons running down the arm!
You can also celebrate the New Year with this ADORABLE 2020 Mickey Plush. He’s available at Mouse Gear for $29.99.
You might have seen us post about it because we L-O-V-E this bracelet. There’s a new “it’s a small world!” bracelet at Mouse Gear as well and we can’t pass up on these Mary Blair style vibes. Make it yours for $19.99.
Over at the Norway Pavilion, we saw a couple of new merch items! First off are these Frozen Phone Cases at The Wandering Reindeer. There’s a 3-D case with Elsa…
…and one with Anna! These 3-D cases are $34.99 each.
Or if you want something a little more artistic, check out this Elsa case for $29.99…
…and this Anna version for the same price!
And last but certainly not least, Glogg (for $17.99) and Christmas Soda (for $3.95) are both back at The Fjording. Drink up!
Well, that’s all pals! Check-in soon to see what else is new in Epcot (to take a guess, probably even more construction)!
Is all the construction at Epcot bumming you out, or getting you excited for the changes to come? Share your thoughts in the comments!