PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 10/5/18 (Spaceship Birth-Day, Disney Skyliner, New Merchandise, Chef Figment, Animation Celebration, ETC.)

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Our latest photo report brings us to Epcot in the midst fo the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2018. For everything you could possibly need to know about the Festival, be sure to go to and get our free PDF guide!

Like a Grand and Miraculous Spaceship

Epcot and Spaceship Earth celebrated their 36th birthdays on October 1st. This will likely be the last anniversary where the park still looks somewhat as it has over all that time.

If you love Spaceship Earth as much as we do, you can now wear it on your wrist with this new MagicBand for $22.99.

This and That

The vintage Figment window display figure is back, but he’s now at the Art of Disney and dressed as a chef for the Food and Wine Festival!

How my Corless Cronies have to dress when around me.

A new World Showcase drink canister for sale, $19.99

This new jacket is pretty fantastic, but it is $64.99. It’s a light windbreaker, the only kind of jacket it really pays to own if you live in Florida.

Some new Nightmare Before Christmas plush has arrived at the parks, including a gigantic Jack plush!

He’s $24.99.

A new World Showcase merchandise is slowly creeping into the park, including this towel for $26.99.

Some new Country Bear Jamboree and Little Green Men socks are available, in addition to all of the other new socks we showed you a few weeks ago.

Even though Epcot 36 has begun, you can still grab a few Epcot 35 items in MouseGear.

Leftover items from Walt Disney’s Animation Celebration are now on sale in MouseGear as well. The MagicBand is long gone though.

The second batch of annual passholder exclusive merchandise was released for the Food and Wine Festival.

The next wave of AP merchandise is coming on October 18th.

Have you checked out the recently updated Test Track merchandise line for sale inside the SIMporium?

Work continues on the Space Restaurant between Mission: Space and Test Track.

Around the World Showcase

The bar in the Trading Post in Canada has now taken over the entire last room fo the shop.

Pavement work continues in the U.K. pavilion. They started with the street and have now moved on the sidewalk.

Be sure to check out our recent post for the latest progress on the Ratatouille attraction.

Work continues on the Disney Skyliner station at Epcot.

The smoking section near Japan has moved, allowing for more tables for hungry Food and Wine Festival patrons.

Work continues on the new signature restaurant for Japan.

I find myself craving the Maple Bacon Funnel Cake whenever I pass by it, but you need a few people to conquer that behemoth.

Some interesting new shirts in Germany…


The spicy hot dog from Refreshment Outpost is a Festival must for me.

On October 1st, China celebrated National Day with a special activity.

The Mirror of the Dead is broken again, after it took months to turn the thing on.

About the author

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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✨Just me : but why all the “flag waving” for communists nation – China ?!✨✌🏼