We try out best to keep you updated with what’s going on inside all the Disney World parks.
Lately we’ve seen some big (umm…FESTIVE) changes over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but now we’re hopping over to Disney World’s second park to see what’s new with construction, merchandise, and other updates!
We’re looking around EPCOT yesterday, and we’ve already found some new stuff to show you.
EPCOT Merchandise Update
If you’ve been following DFB recently, you’ve probably already seen the new vintage tumbler by Starbucks that popped up in the parks a few days ago.
This tumbler is SUPER popular, and it’s been selling out quick at most Disney World locations. But we spotted it in EPCOT yesterday!
It’s available as part of the Vault Collection, which is located at Gateway Gifts (the entrance is right under Spaceship Earth).
If you’ve been looking for this beauty recently, we’d recommend that you check here! Merchandise tends to sell out in the Magic Kingdom more quickly than it does in EPCOT (as we saw with the 50th Anniversary Dooney and Bourke bags, which were mobbed in the Magic Kingdom and almost forgotten in EPCOT’s Creations Shop).
You can get the new tumbler for $24.99.
EPCOT Construction Update
In terms of construction, we saw that the Rose & Crown over in the UK Pavilion at World Showcase got a new paint job recently.
The restaurant is still dark green, and the colors are looking sharper than ever now.
Disney World is constantly sprucing up the restaurants, shops, and attractions around the parks, and some of those updates are pretty subtle.
Over at the Land Pavilion in the World Nature section of the park, we were admiring the gorgeous mosaics leading up to the entrance.
These aren’t new (they were here when the Land Pavilion opened), but we thought we’d share an interesting little tidbit for ya you might not know! Have you ever noticed how the mosaics curve down and into the ground at the bottom?
It’s a cool way to represent the mosaic being a part of the ground itself, but this detail wasn’t actually on purpose. The mosaics (designed by Imagineer Walt Peregoy and created by Hanns and Monika Scharff) were designed at the same time as the building, but when the wall was finished, they found out that it was about three feet shorter than the mosaics that were planned to fit in the space.
Instead of cutting off part of their designs, Peregoy and the Scharffs decided to extend the mosaics down onto the ground. So what is now a beautiful piece of art actually started as a mathematical error in Disney World.
Now you can tell all your friends to truly convince them that you’re a Disney nerd, just like us.
EPCOT Crowds Update
We checked out the crowds on our way into EPCOT as well.
Although there were plenty of people at the entrance, the wait times throughout the day weren’t too crazy. Soarin’ only had a 15-minute wait…
…Test Track was at 60 minutes…
…and Frozen Ever After was at 50 minutes.
On our way out, we stopped to say hello to Mickey, who sometimes pops up by Spaceship Earth.
That’s it for our update! Keep following DFB for more news and updates from Disney World.
What’s your favorite ride in EPCOT? Let us know in the comments!