PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 8/20/19 (New Rope Drop Procedure, More Construction Walls, Food and Wine is Almost Here, and Snacking Around World Showcase)

Good morning from Epcot! Let’s see what’s happening in the park today.

Future World

Get used to this view. Construction walls are going to be a way of life in Future World for the next couple years.

The Leave-a-Legacy monuments may finally be gone, but there’s still a lot of work to go.

Because of the construction walls, the “rope drop” procedure is a little bit different than it used to be. They let guests get in line for Spaceship Earth before 9 AM, just to soak up some of the crowds.

At 9 AM sharp they let everyone shuffle slowly towards their destinations.

It’s almost an even split between The Land and Test Track. Everyone heads straight to the big-ticket rides. This photo was taken at 9:01 AM.

This is the center of Future World at 9:05 AM. If you like peace and quiet, just wait five minutes and you’ll have the Fountain of Nations to yourself.

Left or right before the fountain are the only directions you can go at the moment. Both of the southern Future World paths are closed for expansion at the moment.

Signage on the construction walls directs you to what’s still open.

On the back side of Mouse Gear, the playground is still open, even though almost all the pathway around it is inaccessible.

World Showcase

I received word from a Cast Member that most of the trees around the facade for O’ Canada are going to be replaced with artificial ones.

They’ve filled in the planters where the old trees used to be.

Most of the food booths for Food and Wine are already in place. Now they’ve started installing the merchandise booths, There are several identical ones throughout World Showcase.

Ah, the roaming herds of World Showcase cast members. Must be training week for a festival!

Looks like the Italy booth is basically ready to go!

Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live is no more. Hopefully it comes back next summer, but in the meantime, prepare yourself for the Eat to the Beat concert series.

They’re getting the America Gardens Theater ready for the new shows.

I thought the concrete work was almost done in The American Adventure, but it looks like they’re extending the brick even further!

New brick is stretching across the main pathway now.

They’re also carving out some more of this decorative grey brickwork.

Snacking Around the World

A tradition of mine when I would visit Epcot (before I moved to central Florida and basically starting living here) would be to buy one weird snack from each of the World Showcase pavilions.

You’d be surprised at the interesting things you can find in the countries.

Germany has a lot of good options, but not all of them are too unusual.

I do love me some chocolate hippos though.

China has a very strange line-up of snacks.

These appear to be seaweed flavored Chinese goldfish crackers. I don’t know if I trust the “Marine Boy” on the package, though.

Japan has my favorite options. There’s always something new to catch your eye.

…Like this grandmother juggling chili peppers.

“Oh! Juicy!”

Or perhaps this “Super Lemon” sour candy. You never know what you’ll find.

Et Cetera

Halloween Shirt ($34.99)
Halloween Shirt ($34.99)

Happy Halloween! Look at this shirt! It’s… something, that’s for sure…

Here’s a little tip, if you want somewhere relatively quiet to chill: This room on the second floor of The Seas (directly above Turtle Talk) is where they have their tropical fish nursery.

It’s usually empty, full of cute fish and pretty quiet. I got to be there at feeding time today!

Lastly, I’ll leave you with this fun thing I found today. This area in the Sportsman’s Shoppe in the United Kingdom pavilion has a little relic of days gone by.

Part of the Agent P World Showcase Adventure involves this golf display. However, when they changed it over from Kim Possible to the current Agent P version, they never updated these trophies.

I don’t know how Ron Stoppable won a golfing tournament, but good for him! Maybe if they update the World Showcase Adventure again, they’ll finally change the trophies.

That’s all from Epcot for today! We’ll keep you updated on everything happening the park, especially with Food and Wine 2019 starting next week. Thanks for reading!

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2 years ago

Simply too many bodies in too small a space, everywhere!

2 years ago

So is there a new rope drop for International Gateway. It’s SO annoying to get near Soarin only to realize you’re 10 minutes behind.