PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 1/10/19 (Festival of the Arts Preparations, Construction, and More!)

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The New Year is here and the holidays are officially over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Preparations for this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts are officially underway. Let’s check it out.

Festival of the Arts

This is the third year for the Festival of the Arts, and it looks like most everything I liked about it from last year is returning. You can see a full list of what will be at the Festival here.

festival of the arts 2019 coming soonAll the food booths are set up with “Coming Soon” signage. The buildings themselves are all holdovers from Food and Wine and Festival of the Holidays, but with entirely different culinary themes.

World Showcase Plaza - Pop Eats!
World Showcase Plaza – Pop Eats!
Mexico - El Artista Hambriento
Mexico – El Artista Hambriento
China - The Painted Panda
China – The Painted Panda
Germany - Cuisine Classique
Germany – Cuisine Classique
Italy - L'Arte di Mangiare
Italy – L’Arte di Mangiare
America - The Artist's Table
America – The Artist’s Table
Japan - Takumi Table
Japan – Takumi Table
Canada - The Masterpiece Kitchen
Canada – The Masterpiece Kitchen
Morocco - Mosaic Canteen
Morocco – Mosaic Canteen
World Showcase Plaza - Deconstructed DIsh
World Showcase Plaza – Deconstructed DIsh

There will be other booths as well, which haven’t been set up yet. The missing ones will mostly be located in Future World.

Festival of the Arts 2019 artistic marblingMerchandise booths have also gotten some signage.

Festival of the Arts 2019 festival shop

Festival of the Arts 2019 paint by numbers wall

This wall in World Showcase Plaza will be used for the paint-by-numbers activity. This was a hit last year and I expect it to go over well again this year.

Festival of the Arts 2019 tents

Between Africa and Germany they have a whole herd of tents set up. These will be for artists to show off their wares.

Festival of the Arts 2019 demolished cheese studio

Over near Imagination!, the Cheese Studio booth from Food and Wine is completely gone.

Festival of the Arts 2019 chocolate booth

The Chocolate Studio booth remains, however. I’m assuming they’re going to use it for the Festival of the Arts.

Festival of the Arts 2019 disney on broadway

They’re currently building the stage at the America Gardens Theater for the Disney on Broadway shows. These performances are my favorite part of the festival, and I’m glad to see that the lineup is on par with previous years.

Construction Updates

rundisney marathon weekend tent setup

Set up for the 2019 Walt Disney World Marathon has commenced! The first race is on Thursday, January 10th. The tents take over the easternmost parking lots and will stay up well into February for the Princess Half Marathon.

rundisney marathon weekend tent setup port-a-potties

Thousands of runners require hundreds of toilets.

rundisney marathon weekend tent setup bleachers

epcot january 2019 guardians coaster construction

Guardians of the Galaxy is coming along slowly but surely. Once this building is completely sealed in, we’ll really have no idea how far along they are. I guess we can enjoy the visibility while it lasts.

epcot january 2019 guardians coaster construction

epcot january 2019 guardians coaster construction

epcot january 2019 guardians coaster construction

epcot january 2019 guardians coaster construction universe of energy exterior

Personally, I’ll be very happy when they finish the exterior of the old Universe of Energy building. It pains me to see it in such a state.

epcot january 2019 space restaurant construction

The new Space Restaurant between Mission Space and Test Track is slowly going vertical. New pillars have recently arisen.

epcot january 2019 space restaurant construction

You can tell that these map out the curved wall of the restaurant. Looks like it will only be about a half-circle, instead of what I assumed (based on concept art) to be more of a round restaurant.

epcot january 2019 space restaurant construction

The structure on the far left is actually left over from the old Mission Space HP Lounge (that was mainly used as storage.) Looks like they’re incorporating that space into the new build.

epcot january 2019 illuminations construction

Illumination’s replacement looks like it will be quite a big project. Lots of work going on in the lagoon.

epcot january 2019 illuminations construction lagoon

Japan’s new restaurant looks about the same as last week. Active construction still going on.

epcot january 2019 illuminations construction lagoon

epcot january 2019 ratatouille area construction

France is also currently under the knife. This will be the walkway to the new Ratatouille area. I would expect this garden area to be reworked eventually as well.

epcot january 2019 ratatouille area construction

Concrete walls are going up along the waterway here, either to block guests’ view of International Gateway, or vice-versa.

epcot january 2019 ratatouille area construction skyliner

epcot january 2019 ratatouille area missing lamp

epcot january 2019 ratatouille area missing lamp

They also seemed to be missing a lamp…

And More…

epcot january 2019 new behind the scenes desk

The Behind the Seeds tour got a new desk! It’s right next to the Living with the Land exit.

epcot january 2019 soarin' desk

It used to be over here by Soarin’. A much more sensible location, in my opinion.

mickey 90 hoodie celebrate mickey design

They released a whole plethora of merchandise for the “World’s Largest Mouse Party”, aka Mickey’s 90th Birthday year. You can check it all out right here.

mitsukoshi sanrio daruma

Happy New Year from the Mitsukoshi Store. They had really cute Sanrio Daruma dolls for the new year.

mitsukoshi sanrio daruma

epcot january 2019 china

China, on the other hand, is still selling Shanghai Disney Grand Opening merchandise.

epcot january 2019 china

epcot january 2019 refreshment port poutine

Poutine Alert: The Beef Brisket poutine at the Refreshment Port, previously a “seasonal” option during Food and Wine, seems to be on the regular menu now.

epcot january 2019 jammitors

And last but not least, I was made an Honorary Junior Jammitor. So I’ve got that going for me now. I guess I can retire now.

epcot january 2019 junior jammitor

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