PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 1/23/18 (Festival of the Arts, New World Showcase Merchandise, ETC.)

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Our latest photo report brings us to Epcot during the International Festival of the Arts…

Welcome to Epcot

It was rather chilly earlier in the week here in Orlando.

The Figment topiary and many flowerbeds around the parks were covered to protect them from the weather.

There is some fantastic chalk art located in Future World East.

The “paint by number” murals guests are creating at the festival are being placed on the construction walls at Universe of Energy. Well, at least the first two are.

The murals will be different every week.

Shop ‘Till You Drop

One of the MouseGear window displays was updated with the 2018 merchandise.

A lot of new character jewelry has been released lately; most of it retails between $19.99-$39.99.

Mickey and Minnie Easter plush are available.

You can create a custom shirt behind Character Spot during the Festival. They even have an Annual Passholder shirt.

This and That

The canopy is back at Test Track. It was removed for Hurricane Irma last year.

For whatever reason, the Disney Skliner poster in the exhibit at the Odyssey was removed just one day after it debuted. I guess it wasn’t finalized and approved yet.

The sun sets over World Showcase.

Festival of the Arts

Later in the week, Figment was unwrapped and added his paintbrush and easel for the festival.

Live art happens throughout the day on the Fountain View Stage. It’s fun to watch a painting be created in real time and try to guess what character it is.

It’s Maleficent!

The paint by number mural this week is a Monorail (with its doors closed).

One of the highlights of the event are the Food Studios, so be sure to check out all of our reviews!

Since adding Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup and “poutine” the lines at Refreshment Port are much longer than usual.

There’s No Place Like World Showcase

The Canada pavilion has an entirely new merchandise line featuring Chip and Dale, and there is tons of it.

It’s nice that Disney is moving towards selling only official Tervis items.

A large magnet.

You can now find a Rose and Crown bar spill mat at the U.K. pavilion, $32.99.

The Rose and Crown pint glasses now come in some nice packaging.

New this year is the Art Walk, which includes these cute little spots where guests can etch a mark into their passports, rather than just get a stamp from a cast member.

Pretty neat, huh?

A new 4 Parks ornament for sale.

A new Remy mug available in France. It retails for $15.99.

A new Remy magnet as well.

A new baseball cap.

Some new Marie items for sale in France as well.

A compact mirror.

A new Minnie Mouse mug for sale.

An awesome piece of art by Joey Chou for sale in the Wonderground Gallery tent near France.

Tim Rogerson was painting Figment as we went by.

Soon, Japan will begin work on a new table service restaurant that guests will enter on the 1st floor via this path (albeit expanded).

New hats for sale in Germany.

Some adult Tangled shirts now available in Germany.

Some Snow White shirts as well.

Groovin Alps is the current entertainment act in Germany.

They play spoons on their behinds…

Figment decided to get in on the action…

We decided to try something new at the Caramel Kuche in Germany, so we got the Caramel S’more.

It was as good as it looks.

Well, we can’t top that, so let’s just end it here.

 

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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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