PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 2/25/16 (Maelstrom Facade Removed, Flower & Garden Prep, ETC.)

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I stopped into Epcot for the evening on Monday and took some photos around the park, so let’s take a look at what’s new and exciting around Future World and World Showcase:

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Welcome to Epcot

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What we believe to be OSHA-demanded exit stairways being installed all around the Epcot monorail station

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Spiral staircase coming in on this side

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Epcot is getting ready for the Flower and Garden Festival, which of course begins on Wednesday

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Soarin’ is still closed

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I’m more inclined to think Circle of Life will return based on what the entrance looks like now, but expect some changes to the film at the very least

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I guess we’ll use the stairs…

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The lower floor men’s restroom being fixed up during these closures

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The butterfly garden has a long way to go

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The new musical playground is massive

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A lot to do in a week

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It was a slow roll-out, but all of the character topiraries have the updated look now

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Tic Toc Croc got new eyes and eyebrows

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LOOK OUT!

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This was a meet and greet space in France, but Aurora has moved out

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You still have a few days to see the Black History Month exhibits at the American Adventure

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Walls up for festival offerings near Germany

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Lots of tarps up in the China pavilion

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Anna and Elsa in Norway

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The tarps in Norway are now making it clearer that major facade changes are being made for Frozen Ever After

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Here you can see the facade was actually stripped and a new one is being put on

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Also, the hole in the rockwork is being sealed, so say goodbye to seeing the boats from outside

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Work continues on the meet and greet experience next door

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The Cars palyground returns in Future World

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New Test Track antenna topper

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Somehow missed this one released earlier in the month

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All of the merchandise is MouseGear is being shuffled around again, but none of the existing signage is correct now

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This is not home decor

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Yes, this has toys, but also now all Princess items

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Some Zootopia merchandise in stock, but something tells me it will not be enough come March 4th…

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Epcot items moved half-way across the store

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New Snow White and Jiminy Cricket shirts

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Infinity and Playmation now make up an island in the middle of the store

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The Gateway Gifts sign lives on…

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Another staircase on the other side of the monorail station

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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