Hello, everyone, from EPCOT!
We spent a day at the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow to see what’s new and not only did we get to see a QUEEN, but we also saw the first Festival of the Arts tents going up, some new masks, and more!
EPCOT Food Updates
Joffrey’s (near Mouse Gear)
We’ve seen this one at other Joffrey’s locations throughout the parks.
Joffrey’s Outside EPCOT
The Joffrey’s outside EPCOT was open late.
We think this is the latest we’ve seen it open since EPCOT’s reopening!
We spotted a brand new beer at the EPCOT Experience — Dunder Blixem Winter Ale by Big Storm Brewery.
We haven’t tried this one yet, but it’s described as sweet and spicy!
San Angel Inn
Over in Mexico, we noticed a slight change to get into the pavilion . Guests can show a Cast Member their reservation for San Angel Inn up to 15 minutes before and bypass the line to get into the pavilion.
Joy of Tea
Joy of Tea had some really long lines while we were at EPCOT.
When you have a craving for a Bubble Milk Tea, it’s worth it!
Kabuki Cafe in the Japan Pavilion also had a long line!
It looks like a lot of people had a craving for Kakigori (shaved ice), sushi, beer, sake, or plum wine.
The pre-festival menu has returned. But this might change again once Festival of the Arts begins this week!
The seasonal beer here is a Cinnamon Cider.
Over at the Germany Pavilion, we saw that the Gluhwein is now gone from the drinks list at Weinkeller.
Gluhwein is a warm mulled wine and is usually a seasonal item here.
Tutto Gusto Bar
Over in Italy, Tutto Gusto now has a grab-and-go drink menu! Salute!
Guests much go through Tutto Italia to enter to bar, and there is also a separate grab & go drink menu you can order from now.
Funnel Cake Cart
To say we loved this funnel cake is an understatement: it’s a funnel cake with Marshmallow Topping, Cinnamon-Sugar, Honey-roasted Pecans, and a Caramel Drizzle. OH, yeah! And you can still grab it for $9.
L’Artisan des Glaces
We wanted some of that yummy goodness of L’Artisan des Glaces but had to wait in a long line to get it.
It was totally worth it, though, because the Raspberry Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich has returned!
We’ll be on the lookout for any other flavors to return to the shop!
Les Vins des Chefs de France
There’s also a special champagne available in the France Pavilion while supplies last. Guests can ring in the new year with a glass of New Bollinger Champagne.
A 5 oz. glass will set you back $27.
Refreshment Port has its regular menu back up. The festival poutine is gone, and the regular poutine has replaced it.
The traditional poutine is available for $7.50. But we also noticed something else: the Spike the Bee Spork remains!
The spork is available for $2.50.
EPCOT Merchandise Updates
We spotted a very cool Star Wars USB drive…ahem, a Data Storage Unit at Pin Traders!
It even comes with pre-loaded content — maybe it contains a holographic map with the location of the last Jedi Temple! You can grab one now for $34.99.
We spotted new masks at Mouse Gear, including this I Love Walt Disney World Face Mask!
We also spotted this adorable Groot Mask…
…the Cheshire Cat Mask…
…and the Stitch Mask! He’s up to something mischievous!
There were also two new Star Wars-themed masks, like this Stormtrooper Mask.
And for those who prefer the light side of the Force, there is the May the Force Be With You Mask!
All of these new masks are $9.99.
EPCOT Attraction Updates
Test Track was down, but people were still in line for it.
At least a few people took advantage of the waiting to have a seat! We can’t blame them!
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Figment has ditched his cute holiday sweater for his previous yellow sweater.
We liked the “imagination” put into the holiday sweater, too, with the original EPCOT logo for the Imagination Pavilion on it. But he’s still looking handsome in his OG outfit!
There was a LONG line for Mission Space: Orange — the wait time was 110 minutes!
This might be a good time to remind guests that there is a less intense version of the ride called Mission Space: Green that might have a shorter wait time. It’s not QUITE the same experience, but it’s a good option if the line for Orange gets long.
EPCOT Character Updates
The Ice Queen herself, Elsa, came out to say hello to guests at the Norway Pavilion!
There were LOADS of Cast Members around making sure to control traffic and keep things flowing in an orderly manner around her. We’ve seen her out before, but it was nice to see her on our latest visit!
EPCOT Entertainment Updates
Voices of Liberty
We enjoyed listening to the Voices of Liberty during the holidays, but now we’re sad to see they’re no longer listed on the entertainment schedules for the America Gardens Theatre.
But they’ll be back soon because they are performing for the Festival of the Arts, too! We can’t wait!
EPCOT Transportation Updates
Now that park hopping has returned, we confirmed that the Friendship Boats are running so you can easily hop from EPCOT and Hollywood Studios and back again!
So park-to-park transportation back! This is such a relaxing way to travel between the two parks, too!
EPCOT Miscellaneous Updates
Festival of the Holidays
Although Festival of the Holidays has ended, we still saw the decor up at the front of the park. It’s likely this will just get changed out for Festival of the Arts decor soon, which starts this week!
We also spotted some hidden Olafs still hanging around from the Olaf’s Holiday Traditions Expedition scavenger hunt!
Olaf just wants to be a part of EPCOT year-round to get all the warm hugs!
Festival of the Arts
Festival of the Arts tents are starting to go up and we are seeing a few more every day!
We are SO excited for the new festival to start! And we’ll be there reporting on everything, so stay tuned.
We had a great time exploring all things new at EPCOT! We’ll be back soon, so lookout for the next what’s new where we’ll share even more updates!
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