Welcome back, DFB friends! We’re here with another What’s New at EPCOT!
We’ve got plenty of updates to share with you! A fan-favorite spot has celebrated a big anniversary, buffets are back in the Germany pavilion, we spotted some pumpkin treats you might want to try, and more! Let’s dive right on in!
EPCOT Food Updates
Recently, one of our favorite bars in Disney World — La Cava del Tequila — celebrated its 12th anniversary! We stopped by the bar this weekend to celebrate by making our very own boozy snow cones! (We know, we caught your attention now, right?) La Cava had a Make Your Own Raspados offering for $20 where we were able to mix and match with different choices of toppings, syrups, liqueurs, and more!
Guests could choose from three syrup combinations, like Strawberry and Pomegranate, Mango and Blood Orange, and Pineapple and Ginger…
…fun toppings, like Rainbow Drops, Explosion Candy (a.k.a. Pop Rocks), and Unicorn Dust…
…salts for the rim of your drink, like Chile Poblano Salt, Black Ant Salt, and Popcorn Salt…
…two spirits, like Jolly Rancher Infused Cintenela Tequila and Skittles Infused Ilegal Mezcal, and three liqueurs, like Lejay Blackcurrant Liqueur, Nixta Corn Liqueur, and Orange Blue Curacao.
We decided to make our own unique DFB drink with Black Ant Salt, Strawberry and Pomegranate Syrup, Lejay Blackcurrant Liqueur, Jolly Rancher Infused Tequila, and Pop Rocks. And, yes, it was JUST as good as it sounds!
Germany Pavilion — Biergarten
If you’ve been missing buffets in Disney World, you’ll be happy to know that Biergarten in EPCOT‘s Germany Pavilion has officially brought back its buffet!
Guests are required to wear masks indoors including when they are serving themselves at the buffet. But, guests are allowed to remove their masks when actively eating and drinking at their table.
The buffet had options like German-style meats, veggies…
…a salad bar…
…the famous Cheese and Beer Soup…
…and SO MUCH more!
Compared to the sometimes more ordinary buffet food you can find elsewhere, Biergarten could be a great option if you’re looking for more unique food options in buffet form.
Germany Pavilion — Karamell-Küche
…and Caramel Apple Soft Caramels for $9.99 per bag.
There are also Sugar-Free Hard Caramels that come in a mini version for $2.49.
Anybody else ready to eat these instead of Halloween candy?
In big news from the Japan pavilion, Tokyo Dining is welcoming guests again in EPCOT! The restaurant is set to be open from 2 PM to 8 PM, but will begin closing at 9 PM starting September 2nd. Tokyo Dining is set to be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week, and will only accepting walk-ins for the time being. Operating hours, dates, and reservation requirements can change, however, so be sure to check what rules are in place during your visit.
The tables currently have QR menu as well as a paper dessert menu.
While we were there, we had items like the Kamo Roast with sliced duck breast, Asian mushrooms, and Arima Sansho drizzled with duck sauce…
…Tempura/Sushi Roll Combo with shrimp, onion, asparagus, and red bell peppers…
…Chocolate Ginger Cake, which features a ginger-spiced layer cake, chocolate mousse, and dark chocolate ganache with rose crystal and raspberry…
…and the Momo Whiskey Sour made with whiskey, peach schnapps, and sour mix.
If you’re a big fan of Tokyo Dining or have always wanted to try this spot, now you can check it out during your next trip to EPCOT.
It’s our understanding that it should be restocked soon, so be sure to see what the situation is like when you visit.
EPCOT Merchandise Updates
Disney usually isn’t a very scary place. But, when we saw the Rabbit Mask in the Italy Pavilion, we honestly were a TERRIFIED.
We spotted the mask next to the Paint Your Own Mask section of the store. The rabbit mask is a wearable accessory perfect for Halloween this year.
Even though it’s pretty creepy, the painted details and craftsmanship are beautiful and very impressive!
If you want to be a spooky version of the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland this Halloween, you can take home this mask for $360. Or, you can always make your own DIY mask starting at $30 in the Italy Pavilion instead.
Do you love dressing your pets up for Halloween? If you do, we may have found the perfect costume for your pet this year because there’s a PUMPKIN Pet Costume at the House of Good Fortune in the China Pavilion!
Your pet will look like a mini jack-o-lantern as you pose together in your best Halloween outfits this Fall.
You can take this outfit home for your pet for $25 (and grab a PSL for yourself in Disney World while you’re at it).
If you love Ramen noodles, you’re going to want to stop what you’re doing because there is a CUP NOODLES collection in EPCOT in the Mitsukoshi store! You can find themed slippers for $22.95…
…a lunch bag for $19.95…
…a mini backpack for $24.95…
…and a tote bag for $24.95!
Now we are totally craving some ramen!
If you love hot sauce, then you might want to head over to the Mexico Pavilion for a gift set that features two different sauces to give your next meal a kick!
And, while you’re there, you can also pick up the restocked sombrero for $23.95!
What’s your favorite souvenir from the Mexico pavilion? Tell us in the comments!
Over at Mouse Gear we found a few newer items for you to bring home. Now, you can take home a Food & Wine Festival serving tray for $19.99. We’ve seen this announced before and it is available online, but we hadn’t seen it in person.
You can also grab a Food & Wine Festival wine glass for $14.99…
…and a magnet for $12.99 to add to your growing collection!
You can also find ACTUAL food in Mouse Gear too with the Mickey Pumpkin Bucket…
…that has candy corn inside for $8.99!
Plus, you can add a little pizazz to your tea when you use the Alice in Wonderland Honey Stirring Wands!
Can’t get enough of Baby Yoda? Then you probably can’t wait to share a snack with the Snacking Grogu Figure for $19.99! We’ll pass on eating actual frogs for now though, friend. If you’ve been looking for this toy or just love all things Grogu, now you can check this out in Mouse Gear.
If you’re on the hunt for this bag, check Mouse Gear next time you’re in the park to see if it’s still available.
We love bringing home beautiful photos from our Disney vacations that will last a lifetime. The stunning Mickey Frame we spotted recently has been restocked at Gateway Gifts…
…and it could be perfect way to display your favorite Disney photos of your family and friends!
While we were there, we also spotted a new-to-us Mickey Hat for $27.99…
…and a new-to-us Spider-Man water bottle for $27.99!
The water bottle can totally help you stay hydrated in style!
EPCOT Construction Updates
During our recent trip, we noticed that the FastPass sign had been removed from the entrance to Soarin’.
Disney World will be shifting to paid FastPass-like systems later and FastPass lanes are being renamed “Lightning Lanes.” It’s possible this removal is being made in anticipation of those eventual changes.
Living with the Land
We’ve been keep an eye on Living with the Land recently, as the attraction has remained closed in Disney World for well over a week! Cast Members said they were having technical issues, but they would hopefully have it sorted soon.
Of course, we’ll keep you updated when the attraction opens again!
We’ve been spotted 50th Anniversary banners at some of the Disney World theme parks. Now, EPCOT has received its own set of banners around the parking lot and tram loading sections that have us super excited for all the celebrations!
Well, that’s all for this What’s New at EPCOT! We’ll catch you next time for more updates. If you have any questions about your Disney vacation, let us know so we can help you find the answers! Stay tuned to DFB for the latest Disney entertainment and news!