Today we go to EPCOT to take a look at what’s new in this park.
Recently, we’ve seen great crowds and fun holiday merchandise, especially in the World Showcase section of EPCOT. But what news have we found in recent days? We look at some updates with food, memories, people levels and more.
Of course, we’ll start with the most important updates of all: what’s new with FOOD at EPCOT?
EPCOT food updates
The popular place for drinks The wines of French chefs it was closed for a time in the French pavilion of the EPCOT World Showcase. But reopened on the morning of December 9th, and is still open to guests.
This stand is known for some tasty and refreshing drinks, including a couple of our favorites, the Great Orange Marnier and the Gray Goose Citron Lemon Slush. You can go there now, although you’ll have to take note of a few price increases we noticed when we reopened this booth.
Nearby was the holiday pavilion of the French pavilion for the EPCOT Festival Festival a couple of important snacks are missing during one of our visits.
Christmas Market It usually has a salmon dish called Napoleon de Saumon Fumé en Brioche and a delicious frozen hot chocolate Martini (among other snacks and drinks) available to guests. When we passed by, they were out of these two offers.
Luckily, the shortage did not last long, and we saw both the salmon and martini return to the stand later that day. So if one of the EPCOT festival stands is out of your favorite treat, don’t panic! Just try to come back later in the day to see if it has rested.
On our walk through EPCOT in search of tasty snacks, we noticed a couple of sweets that weren’t going great. The blue donuts in the a Joffrey’s kiosk They were having a really hard time last Friday.
Suppose they were ready for next weekend, and we can understand that feeling.
In the UK pavilion, we saw a few chocolates that were back in stock after running out for a while.
Several candies we usually see on the shelves are not yet available here, but right now you can get Irish whiskey truffles, Irish cream chocolates and more.
In Italy, we found a new snack that you can make at the gift shop there. They are chocolate cake stuffed with tiramisu cream, and you can get a package for $ 5.99.
Now let’s look at some new memories you can get now at EPCOT!
EPCOT Merchandise Updates
We’ve spotted some of them illuminated Christmas necklaces in several stores in the park.
The necklaces look like a series of Christmas lights in white and red, and we saw them in the Creation Shop, the Entrance Port, and other gift shops in the park.
He Design shop is the main EPCOT gift shop and is close to the test track in the World Celebration section of this park.
In this store we realized that the 50th anniversary Christmas tree ornaments are back in stock! We haven’t seen these guys available in a long time, so we were excited to see more available.
We also saw many new bags from Dooney & Bourke, including the Christmas Disney Dog collection …
… And the latest 50th anniversary collection.
And you can also get the $ 298 50th anniversary mini backpack, with is made of golden leather with Mickey ears on top and 50 designs everywhere. Want to know why it’s so expensive?
The bag is made of real gold, with stains on the designs and gold-plated metal as hardware.
Although we saw a pretty big replenishment of this Loungefly backpack earlier in the week, when we checked a couple of days later, most of the bags were gone again.
We also spotted a couple of new items, including a green shirt from Cinderella Castle per $ 24.99⁇
I a blue Mickey and Walt Disney t-shirt for $ 24.99 too.
The weirdest news we have about Creations Shop is this this shop still shows Halloween products!
Even though we’ve gotten through the creepy season now (can you believe Christmas is next week?), You can still buy some jars of Mickey pumpkin and other Halloween items at this store. This could be due to supply problems we’ve seen around Disney World, which has limited merchandise in some places. Cast members may be putting in everything available to fill these shelves.
Port of entry and Disney Traders
Port of entry and Disney Traders these are the gift shops where you will take the completed map once you have finished the chariot hunt for Olaf’s Holiday Tradition expedition to EPCOT.
The search for the cart is difficult $ 9.99. Get a map with World Showcase locations and stickers showing holiday traditions from countries around the world. Then you will travel through the World Showcase find Olaf in the pavilion of each country and put the sticker where it belongs on the map! Once you’re done, you’ll take the map to one of these gift shops to receive a prize.
We have recently noticed that these awards continue to change. For a while, you can choose a Mickey Kitchen Sink or a 2021 cord.
Then there were a couple of pines you could choose from, including one from Moana and one from Wall-E.
Later, we saw Mickey’s ear hat bowls thrown into the mixture, and Mickey Kitchen Sink buckets returned.
So basically you never know what you’ll get, but this is part of the fun of the car search we believe in! (And it looks like Disney went on its own cart search to find these random prizes.)
At Disney Traders, we also saw a new Mickey wand $ 28.17.
The wand shoots the snow made of soap, just like the “snow” you’ll see during some Disney World holiday celebrations.
A puzzle advent calendar was also available $ 39.99 …
… Which will help you count the days until Christmas with Disney-themed puzzles.
House of Good Fortune
At the China Pavilion, we stopped at the House of Good Fortune gift shop to see what’s new.
We loved the colored incense sets which we have found, which come in smells like grapes, lotus and rose.
You can get it a small set of incense for $ 5.95 …
O a larger set for $ 8.95.
At Gateway Gifts we saw a new one Photo book and autographs.
The book has Disney Princess in front of it, and you can buy it now $ 19.98.
Heritage Manor Gifts
At the American Adventure Pavilion, we passed by Heritage Manor Gifts.
Here we have seen a new one American-themed drinking mug per $ 19.99.
The cup is red with American designs like stars and eagles alongside snacks like popcorn and cupcakes around it.
SPACE Mission: Cargo Bay
And at World Discovery, we saw new mandalorian jogging pants at the gift shop outside the Mission: SPACE attraction.
The pants are black with the designs of the Mandalorià show.
We know the crowds have been pretty heavy on EPCOT recently, though how have things been in recent days?
EPCOT crowd updates
Generally, we saw more crowds in this park, especially at the World Showcase near the afternoon and evening hours.
The French pavilion was especially popular, as this area has a new promenade (Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure) and a new restaurant (La Crêperie de Paris).
Click here to see our review of La Crêperie de Paris
A working day, the waiting line for the candlelight procession (in the American Adventure Pavilion) it stretched all the way back through the Italian pavilion.
We noticed, however, that some restaurants around the World Showcase still had some processional candlelit dining packages available for the same night, so this may be the best way to secure your seat if you want to see the popular holiday program.
One day we realized that Living with the land had a LONG row which even exceeded the designated tail area! The published waiting time was still only 15 minutes, but we were surprised to see so many crowds in this normally underrated attraction.
We could attribute these crowds to the incredible holiday overlay that Living With the Land has right now (which seems especially magical if you drive it in the dark).
If you are looking for places to escape the crowds, towards the back of the World Showcase pavilions. Canada has a relaxing area with magnificent waterfalls on the stairs …
… Morocco has a lot of seats and some beautiful art if you venture inside …
… and the UK has gardens where you can sometimes find musicians serenading guests.
Most guests will stay right at the entrance to the pavilions, near the catwalk. But you can find peace and quiet (not to mention some great details!) If you do go a little further to each country.
Click here to see 25 hidden secrets in EPCOT
Other EPCOT updates
In other news, we’ve spotted some of them the construction works that are being carried out on the land just outside the Imagination Pavilion EPCOT World Nature.
It looks like the work is in the middle of the process, so we’ll keep you posted on the changes we see here!
And if you ask a Disney PhotoPass photographer to take a picture of you, you might be able to use it Mickey Cookie’s tool It’s time for the holidays!
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