PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 12/21/16 (Holidays Around the World, New Merchandise, Gingerbread Carousel, Etc.)

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Our latest photo report brings us to Epcot for a look at Holidays Around the World, new merchandise, and more. Let’s hop right in and see what’s new and exciting around the park.

The holiday season marches on at Epcot, along with the ever-popular Holidays Around the World celebrations.

A number of pins celebrating the 25th anniversary of beauty and the Beast were recently released.

A selection of fairly neat pins were also released for Holidays Around the World.

I’m not sure why, but some of the pins have the “WDW” icon you will find on transportations systems around the resort, namely the Railroad at the Magic Kingdom.

A holiday Eaches Vinylmation was released featuring Donald Duck and Snowman Donald Duck.

A new series of kid’s shirts allows little girls to dress as their favorite Princess… kind of…

A strange, futuristic tree adorns the entrance to the Art of Disney at Epcot.

This awesome piece of Hatbox Ghost art is for sale inside.

And suddenly all of the Disneyland locals got offended…

Topiaries adorn the walkway between Future World and World Showcase.

There is now a Le Cellier Tervis for sale in the Canada shops.

Canadian guests can get 150th anniversary buttons at the store upon request, either in English or in French.

Some new, Disney made sports shirts for sale in the Canada pavilion.

The Land pavilion is decorated for the holidays.

They kind of went a little overboard with the decorations inside of the Living with the Land attraction, but it is a nice touch.

Brilliant decorations can be found all around World Showcase.

A former backstage area in the Mitsukoshi store was converted into shopping space for the holiday season.

The space is being used for toys and models.

This Marie is part of a new series of plush with oversized features.

This great Epcot snow globe featuring World Showcase is now available.

A similar artwork style appears on the new World Showcase ornament this year.

It lights up, which is pretty neat.

Several of the Agent P World Showcase Adventure kiosks have closed, leaving just the bridge between World Showcase and Future World for a sign-up location.

The holiday tag has returned to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth for the season. We have a video of the tag for you to enjoy below:

Christmas at the Beach Club

The gingerbread carousel has returned to Disney’s Beach Club Resort and it looks as delicious as ever.

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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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  • We sometimes do like to shop there and appreciate the photos. We are here this week and put in a couple days at Disney less than usual as we can’t help but notice there’s a lot ‘missing’ from just the last few years, decorations, lights, music, fun stuff that’s not just tchotchkes. The concentration is on bargin shopping and cheaper food alternatives. It’s never good in business to be seeking ‘bargain hunters’ than ‘value/experience seekers’.

    • I agree. My biggest issue as off late is how barren the Art of Disney stores have become. Higher end merchandise has kind of slowly been fading away.

      • You take some amazing pictures though Tom, it looks better in your photos than when we go in the stores sometimes! Do you also do marketing?

        I think Disney is reaping what they sew by having to go inexpensive and tchotchkes as called. Funny! Luxury buyers ironically seek value more than the ‘Walmart clearance sale’ crowd who always go for lower prices. Disney had cut some severe corners in their theme parks, almost to the point of looting their own brand. We’d pay a lot more for admission and merchandise, if the value was there. Great line by the way Patty, most business who go after “bargain hunters” over “Value seekers” don’t do well, in fact, they die historically across the board. The studios are given a lot to make magic/value (though some question decline there by churning out rapid Star Wars movie ever year). I think it will take a new CEO and management for their parks go get any love back for their guests. Quality and value always win in the end over penny pinching.

  • Your pictures are great, makes Epcot look likes it features intense Christmas decorating but the truth is, its rather sprase. I was wondering if you were being sarcasitic about the living with the land going overboard. I miss when disney really used to own Christmas. They have more then anyone else overall ovwr all the property combined… Sure as they have more parks and resorts. Per park or resort…. No way.

    • On positive side, I will say ILLUMINATIONS remains OUTSTANDING, with or without the tag. I’m sure it’s slated to go…doesn’t advertise anything. I hope that I’m wrong.

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