PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 2/23/18 (Wonders of Life, Flower and Garden, New Norway Merchandise, New Sake Bar, ETC.)
Our latest photo report brings us to Epcot as the International Festival of the Arts comes to an end and the park prepares for the Flower and Garden Festival next week.
Figment Welcomes You
You’re Beary Welcome
The Disney Vacation Club kiosk by Canada has added these carved bear statues. The idea is it will draw guests in for a photo and then it may start a conversation with a cast member at the DVC kiosk.
Whoever decided that the trash collection bins should be decorated deserves a raise. Too often this is an unsightly but necessary item in the parks.
Even More in Store
For weeks, we have been covering this new “Discover the Magic”/”Passport”/”4 Parks” collection at Walt Disney World, and it only continues to grow. We seem to find more items every time we visit.
Some ceramic plates, $14.99 each.
The art from the “Discover the Magic” collection has made it to Alex and Ani bracelets, $39.95 each.
MouseGear is getting rearranged a bit at the moment. Hats have moved to the back wall.
A new, limited edition Black Panther MagicBand for sale.
The Figment Funko Pop Vinyls have made a miraculous return.
The “Passport” collection now has its own section at the very front of the store, where the hats were located for years.
The new comic strip collection can be found up here as well.
The American Adventures Continue
The American Adventure returned from refurbishment a few days ago. Among the changes, the entire show’s film portion finally went digital, offering crystal clear, HD projections for the first time ever. Smaller visual upgrades were also made, such as these illuminated backdrops for the Declaration of Independence and Two Brothers audio-animatronic sequences.
The biggest changes come at the end, where the Golden Dream montage has been reworked quite a bit. The classic song has been rearranged and rerecorded, with the montage removing many background sound effects that would play, such as the noises of the equipment during the moon landing sequence. Added to the montage are many more contemporary celebrities and luminaries: Michael Phelps, Michelle and Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Jimmy Carter, Lebron James, Serena and Venus Williams, Beyoncé, Elon Musk, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Mark Zuckerberg, various United States Olympics Teams, and more. More controversial figures such as Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong have been removed, as well as the kids with sparklers (who did nothing wrong and are not controversial, to my knowledge).
The new score carries through the montage into the ultimate end of the show. I think I prefer the song as it was before, but there certainly isn’t anything wrong with this new version. It’s somewhat less gospel-sounding and that does make the end feel a little less grand perhaps. I’ll give the show a few more tries before I pass any judgment. Either way, check out the entire new montage and rearranged Golden Dream portion of the show below:
Already in Bloom
Many of the topiaries for the International Flower and Garden Festival are already installed. The event begins February 28th, and of course we’ll have plenty of coverage.
None of the Peter Pan characters are on rooftops this year.
This and That
A new ladies shirt in Germany featuring Snow White.
Does anyone need a Swarovski Crystal Stormtrooper Helmet? It’s only $8900…
A ton of new merchandise was released at the Norway pavilion, and it’s not even Frozen related.
No More Art
The final weekend of the Festival of the Arts featured art created by cast members using recycled materials.