PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 7/27/19 (Changes in Germany, Designer Ears, and Various Construction Updates)

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Let’s see what’s happening in Epcot on a fine day like today, shall we?

Future World

Near the entrance to the park, you can see that they’ve decided to paint the back side of the former Universe of Energy building a dark grey color.

This must be part of the new color scheme for when this houses the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy attraction.

“Hello!”

I always have to say hello to the dolphins at The Seas whenever I’m in Epcot.

I mentioned last week that they’d started replacing the carpet in The Seas. The entire underwater viewing area has gotten updated carpet now.

It’s a nice pattern, I think. It fits the aquatic theme well.

It was a surprisingly slow morning today. The Land was basically empty.

Only a 20 minute wait an hour after the park opened? On a Friday in July? What’s going on!?

The Odyssey is still closed at the moment, but it won’t be long before it transforms into a preview center of sorts for all the new changes coming to Epcot in the future.

Merchandise

The next set of Designer Mickey Ears was released. This time, it’s a Walt Disney and Steamboat Willie design.

They’re available in Mouse Gear, and the previous ears are also still available at The Art of Disney.

I find it fascinating that they’re still selling this one piece of Epcot 35 merchandise. Either they forgot to clearance it out, or the keychain does good numbers.

World Showcase

They were setting up for a film shoot just at the entrance to World Showcase. Apparently it’s for an upcoming episode of “My Fairytale Wedding” on Freeform.

Not a lot seems to have changed in Canada since the refurbishment started. The current version of O’ Canada ends on August first. Now’s your last chance to see it!

I popped into the Northwest Mercantile for a spell and found some very Canadian items…

Nothing says Canada like polar bears, beavers and Mounties.

Cinderella’s stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella, were meeting at Internatonal Gateway today.

International Gateway is under quite a bit of work at the moment. The original security and ticket booths are gone, soon to be replaced. In the meantime, it’s just a pile of dirt.

Work is happening though. I don’t know what these green poles are for, but it’s a sign of progress for certain.

Who’s ready for waffles and beer? The Belgium booth has arrived in anticipation of the 2019 International Food and Wine Festival, which starts next month.

One must always take a break at the koi pond in Japan.

So calming…

This seating area is being refurbished at the moment.

Brickwork is almost done in America. This pin stand has been returned to its normal location.

Brand new bricks now sit underneath it!

About half of these concrete strips are finished, with the rest still under wooden planks.

This duck doesn’t seem bothered by any of the changes.

This pin stall in Italy usually sells just that– pins. They had an extra addition today, though.

Tiny wooden Pinocchios!

I noticed a few changes in Germany as well, at Volkskunst. First off, this door wasn’t accesible.

You have to enter through one of the other doors.

Once inside, it’s much more open. They removed a counter and register which used to be here.

They also moved a fixture into the next room.

The whole place breathes much better now.

“Prost!” shirt ($34.99)

They have a line of new adult t-shirts across the street in the Stein Haus.

Germany shirt ($29.99)
German Flag Shirt ($24.99)
German Mickey Flag Shirt ($32.99)

In Mexico, I ran into another blocked door!

I had the honor of seeing the lagoon dredging crew hard at work today.

Well, that’s all I could dredge up for you today! Check back with us next time for more updates from Epcot!

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Henry Taylor

Henry has been a Disney fan essentially since birth, and enjoys all things theme park related. He lives in Orlando, FL with his wife and pet dog.

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Doug
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Doug

Are the miniature trains still running next to Germany?

Bradley D Monroe
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Bradley D Monroe

What were the changes in the Germany pavillion about? Is it really going to be closing or something? And will it impact the Biergarten restaurant?