Welcome back, DFB friends! We’re here with another What’s New at EPCOT!
And, we’ve got plenty of adventurous food, new merchandise, and festival updates to share with you. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s jump right on in!
EPCOT Flower and Garden Update
Flower and Garden Festival
Spring has arrived in EPCOT for the Flower and Garden Festival! The festival doesn’t officially start until March 3rd, but flowers are starting to show up! We spotted new floating planters in the water on our way to World Showcase.
And, they were also added to the water area in front of Imagination!
Yesterday, we also go the menus for the festival! AHH. It’s almost here.
Characters are popping up in plant form all over the park too like this Lion King Topiary in Future World!
Even the flowers that surround the characters are themed to the movie — the yellow, orange, and red flowers are giving off all the African sunset vibes.
Flowers are also popping up around the pavilions and we spotted that Mexico got some arrangements added to the staircase.
All the flowers are making us excited to try out all the festival food coming soon!
Living With The Land
We wanted to be surrounded by even MORE plants so we took a ride on Living with the Land and noticed that some watering cans had been added to one of the plant areas.
And something has to be in progress! A few structures on the ride look ready to be decked out for the Flower and Garden festival.
It’s always worth riding this during a festival or holiday season because it tends to get decked out for the occasion!
EPCOT Food Update
House of Good Fortune
If you need a caffeine kick but don’t want to wait in a long line for Starbucks or Joffrey’s, we’ve found a solution for you! Over in the China Pavilion in House of Good Fortune, we spotted coffee…in chip form. We’re talking about the Coffee Oolong Milk Tea Flavored Lays Chips!
We were skeptical too, but hear us out. These tasted just like a cup of creamy, sugary coffee…with a crunch!
The shop features other unique chip flavors like Lime…
…and Sea Salt and Pepper.
If you’re craving a crunchy snack and want to try something adventurous, stop into House of Good Fortune!
Did you know there’s a somewhat hidden bar in the Germany Pavilion at EPCOT? We say hidden because it’s actually in the back of a gift shop. They feature a new wine each week so we stopped by to check it out. This week the Clean Slate Dry Riesling is the promotion. You can sample the wine in a 3oz glass for $8…
…or you can go all in and buy a bottle for $12. And, no that’s not a typo — this bottle is really $4 more than a 3oz pour. Not a bad deal! Heck, we’ve tried cocktails for more than that in Disney World!
If you’re in the mood for some wine around World Showcase, this might be a great place to stop to get some bang for your buck!
We were really on a wine kick so we headed over to the Italy Pavilion, to check out Enoteca Castello (a shop that serves wine by the glass). When we walked in, we noticed that more plexiglass was added to the counter so another register could open.
When we went to order one of our favorites, the Limoncello Spritzer we found out that it was out of stock. Big bummer.
We were forced to save room for other food and drink around EPCOT.
EPCOT Construction Update
We’ve seen a lot of improvements being made to the entrance of EPCOT. Last year the new entrance fountain was revealed and recently they removed the construction walls around Spaceship Earth. And, we spotted another new addition on our visit!
Now there are flagpoles up on one side of Spaceship Earth in the entrance area. No flags yet, but we’ll keep you updated!
EPCOT Merchandise Update
We stopped into Gateway Gifts at the front of the park and noticed that the Donald Duck hat we spotted in Downtown Disney had made its way to EPCOT! The front of the hat has Donald embroidered with “The one and only” written.
And the side of the hat says “Donald Duck.”
If you’re a fan of (the one and only) Donald Duck, you don’t have to head to the West Coast to get this hat anymore!
More merchandise from other parks have made their way to EPCOT in Mouse Gear! If you’re a fan of Sorcerer Mickey or need a new phone case, you can find this one for $29.99.
Mickey is on the front in his iconic sorcerer hat and outfit and the background has the night sky with shooting stars.
And, Orange Bird Shoulder Plushes made their way into Disney World this week and we found them available behind the register at Mouse Gear.
The shoulder plush comes with a magnetic piece that you stick under your shirt so the little guy can come with you everywhere!
Port of Entry
And, if you make it past Mouse Gear but still want the Orange Bird Shoulder Plush, you can also find him at Port of Entry.
Now, that’s a LOT of Orange Birds! The shoulder plush is available for $19.99 around Disney World.
The Germany Pavilion also had some new merchandise when we stopped by. There was a new Minnie Mouse Germany Long-Sleeve T-Shirt for $39.99. The top features Minnie front and center with a yellow, red, and black bow.
And the color scheme even continued down the sleeve, adding a pop of color to the white tee.
If you’re a fan of bucket hats then you’ll want to know about this one! We spotted a grey Mickey Hat with “Gutentag!” written in color and Mickey in his Oktoberfest get-up.
The hat is available for $24.99.
And that’s all for our trip to EPCOT for now! Stay tuned for all the latest Disney news and updates!
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