PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 12/21/19 (Planters and Walkways Revealed at Front Entrance, Construction on the France Pavilion Expansion, Feeding Eels, and More)

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Greetings world travelers! Hope you’re ready to go, because we’re here to take you on a tour of EPCOT. Let’s get going!

When we walked in this morning we had to do a double…no, a triple take. A huge section of the front entrance construction walls have come down to reveal wide open walkways and gorgeous planters.

We can’t believe how fantastic this area looks now! The remaining construction walls surround the new fountain, which is still being built.

To celebrate the film’s release, a limited-edition Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker MagicBand has landed in the parks. We found this one at Gateway Gifts. The band is gray and features Kylo Ren and Rey. It costs $34.99.

 

Over at MouseGear, we found a blue youth tee with Mickey strutting his stuff followed by Goofy, Donald, and Pluto. This tee is $19.99.

We also spied this kid’s volleyball that features Mickey and his pals spending a day at the beach. It costs $12.99.

You can’t get any cuter than Chip and Dale in their swim trunks.

The bottom of the ball has all of the characters’ signatures.

Bright signage advertising the upcoming PLAY! Pavilion lines the walkway between Innovations East and Test Track. 

We especially appreciate the kid playing with Buzz Lightyear towards the bottom of the sign.

At the Guardians of the Galaxy construction site, framing is underway for concrete to be poured. To see our latest construction update on the project, you can click here.

At The Seas, we were equally intrigued and creeped out to watch an eel feeding. 

The new restrooms near the entrance to World Showcase by Refreshment Port have officially opened!

We’re anxiously awaiting the opening of the temporary Starbucks location.

Construction walls are still up at ImageWorks in preparation for what we believe will be a new Inside Out meet-and-greet location. 

Over at the United Kingdom pavilion, these guys seem to be enjoying Christmas dinner with the family almost as much as we do. Just look at those faces!

The France pavilion expansion is starting to shape up. The work on the buildings’ facades is beginning to bring the area to life.

Lower sections of the building have begun to receive paint.

A good portion of the facade work is concealed by brown material.

Pere Noel, also known as Father Christmas, was animatedly teaching guests about French holiday traditions. 

Also at the France pavilion, we found the new Aristocats-inspired retro dress and Loungefly bag.

We swear these Precious Moments dolls are following us…we spotted them last month at Magic Kingdom and now they’re invading EPCOT’s America Adventure pavilion. It’s probably all part of their plan to take over Walt Disney World.

With just five days until Christmas, a new bag had been added to the Frohliche Weihnachten collection in Germany. The felt bag has a fun resemblance to lederhosen. It’s $34.99. Better late than never!

That completes this trip around EPCOT. Thanks for tagging along! Check WDWNT for all of the latest Disney news and updates!

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Kelly Morgan-Brown

Kelly lives in Central Florida with her Kiwi husband and bossy rat terrier. When not at a Disney Park, she can be found in the dance studio, listening to Broadway soundtracks, or planning her next travel adventure. Contact her at [email protected]

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EPCOT entrance concept art seems to suggest the central planter will have trees. From your photos it appears they haven’t planted any there. I hope they leave the planter as is. Trees in that location would spoil a great view of SSE. Nice photos.