Welcome back, DFB friends! We’re here with another What’s New at EPCOT!
And, we’ve got plenty of updates to share with you! So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive right on in!
EPCOT Food Update
La Cava del Tequila
Guess who’s back, back again? La Cava‘s BACK, tell your friends! Since the closure, the bar has been selling to-go drinks with most of the tables and chairs removed from inside the dining space. But, La Cava del Tequila has officially reopened its dining room to guests!
Guests can scan a QR code menu to see the restaurant’s list of over 200 tequilas, along with specialty cocktails.
When guests sit down, they can munch on amazing chips…
…along with AWESOME salsa that pairs wonderfully with a great drink!
In honor of the reopening, La Cava is also featuring new glassware as well as the Welcome Back Margarita made with Ojo de Tigre mezcal, blackberry purée, Ancho Reyes Verde liqueur, Abasolo corn whiskey, agave nectar, lime juice, and a black ant salt rim for $17.
And, boy, does it feel good to have the bar back in action!
While we were in the France Pavilion, we noticed that two popular spots were closed to guests during our visit. Crêpes de Chefs de France wasn’t available to guests…
…along with L’Artisan des Glaces. The closures were temporary — no need to worry.
Japan Outdoor Bar
Speaking of spots that weren’t open, we noticed that Japan Pavilion’s Outdoor Bar was closed as well. The sign on the door redirected guests to the Katsura Garden for Violet Sake and a Tokyo Sunset, among other drinks.
Future World Cart
Now that the summer has kicked off, we’re HYPED that refreshing sips are making their way into the parks. And, over at the Future World Cart, we spotted the seasonal Sun Viking IPA beer that’s new to the location for the summer months.
We stopped by the Oasis Sweets & Sips to check out five new treats in the bakery case that we just couldn’t pass up trying! Whenever you stop by, you can order one for $2.50, three for $6.50, five for $11, or seven for $15.
We stopped by to try the Mosaic Cookie with Apricot Jam, which paired apricot and chocolate…
…Semolina Orange Basbousa Cake with coconut, seminola, flavored sugar syrup, and orange…
…Almond Ghrieba, which is a type of Moroccan cookie and is covered in powdered sugar…
…the Almond Briwat that’s a sweet puff pastry with almonds…
…and the Coconut-Pistachio Ghrieba that reminded us a lot of a macaroon.
We DEFINITELY recommend you make your way over to the Morocco Pavilion to try these treats for yourself, especially if you’re looking for something unique to snack on in Disney World!
EPCOT Merchandise Update
We can’t help but want to take home new merchandise each time we’re in the parks. And, the Retro Mickey Tumbler caught our eye over at Mouse Gear with its bright colors and 90s influences!
The lid comes with a built-in straw that can easily be accessed, no matter where you are or what you’re doing in the parks. Whether you’re putting ice-cold water or your favorite drink inside, the Retro Mickey Tumbler is a pretty fabulous accessory to take with you for $22.99.
Anybody else feeling motivated for a great workout, taking this retro water bottle along for the ride??
EPCOT Entertainment Update
If you’re looking for an amazing picture to out in the scrapbooks or on your social media, you’re going to want to head over to Spaceship Earth! A new PhotoPass shot is situated in front of the attraction, where a Cast Member will scan your MagicBand and pose you.
Here’s what it will look like!
The next time you’re in EPCOT, you can skip some of the longer lines because Single Rider is back once again. When you first enter the attraction, you can opt for the Single Rider line, where you’ll be separated from your party (but it may cut down some of the time you’re in line)!
But, if you go the route of the regular queue, Test Track’s interactive pre-show — the Design Studio — has reopened!
Guests are able to make sure their vehicles meet the Capability, Power, Responsiveness, and Efficiency standards as they add their own flair with shapes, colors, and more.
As guests go throughout the attraction, they’ll be able to see how their vehicle stacks up against everyone else’s onboard. Then, the winner will be announced at the end of the ride, so you can score some bragging rights!
As additional pre-shows continue to reopen around Disney World, we’ll give you a peek inside all the attraction updates you need to know!
We’ve been able to see Mulan in the Princess Cavalcades in both EPCOT and the Magic Kingdom. But, now she’s all dressed up and greeting guests from a distance in the China Pavilion! Just like her dad said, “the flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” So, it’s only fitting to see Mulan standing in the gardens in the pavilion!
We aren’t sure when meet-and-greets will be back again. But, we’re still thrilled to see all sorts of characters out and about in the parks at a distance, regardless!
EPCOT Construction Update
Sometimes you need some advice about your day in EPCOT. And, a new-to-us Guest Experience booth is available in Future World for guests to stop by, as a team is handy to provide you with information about your vacation!
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
We’ve been watching the construction continue over at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, hoping that we’ll be able to see it soon for Disney World’s 50th anniversary! Currently, the building is covered in blue tarps as both the roof…
…and exterior are hidden away from guests amidst the attraction’s construction!
Food and Wine Festival
We cannot WAIT until the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival kicks off next month with returning booths and new spots to visit! Recently, we’ve seen booths already begin to be set up around EPCOT as the park gets ready for its fan-favorite eats and treats to debut. And, now MORE food booths have started to pop up in the parks prior to the start of the festival! Jardin de Fiestas has shuttered its window before switching over to the Mexico booth…
…while booths like The Alps…
…and India has started to take shape.
Well, that’s all for this What’s New at EPCOT! We’ll catch you next time for more updates! And, if you have any questions about your upcoming Disney trip, let us know so we can help you find the answers.
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