PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 8/1/20 (New MagicBands and Wishables, Tropical Storm Isaias Preparations, Long Lines, and More)
Welcome to the weekend at EPCOT! While today was a relatively nice, though warm, summer Saturday, there’s also a Tropical Storm at Florida’s doorstep – due to arrive tomorrow. That didn’t stop us from finding some great new Limited Edition MagicBands, Wishables, and other great merchandise, but it does mean we’ll keep an eye on the park preparations for the stop as well.
Early on in the day, we noticed Cool Wash being cleared out of anything that wasn’t bolted to the ground in advance of the storm.
The crates perched atop the Play! Pavilion, which recently filed permits for interior show sets, appears that they’ll be riding out the storm right where they are. It’s worth noting, though, that Isaias is weak, unlike Dorian last year which reached category 5 Hurricane status while on a similar track.
The nearby Purple Martin houses were also lowered to keep them safe during whatever winds may arrive over the next couple of days.
With the butterfly garden having been disassembled, the park’s regular butterfly residents hang out in whatever spot suits them (or has sweet sweet spilled drinks).
This new hat, however, features a relic from decades ago – the ticket book. The Magic Kingdom ticket book hat is a great throwback to the old-school method of admission onto Walt Disney World attractions.
Out at the World Showcase, a new hat and keychain have been added to the mostly-delayed line of Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue merchandise.
Last, but certainly not least, is one of our favorite new pieces of merchandise in recent memory – the Figment shoulder plush. While he might be small, there’s no limit to what he can do.
Today, we happened to catch the short closing and cleaning of The EPCOT Experience show at the Odyssey Pavilion. Like all attractions, it receives a regular disinfection routine.
Moving on from merchandise, the José Carioca audio-animatronic recently returned to the Gran Fiesta Tour. A day later, the line for the attraction reached capacity due to the limited space inside the Mexico Pavilion.
The line for La Cava del Tequila wasn’t much shorter, though for very different reasons – those reasons being tequila.
Back out to the World Showcase, Mitsukoshi at the Japan Pavilion also had a serious line.
This archway, for example, seems to be fully-formed but has yet to receive latter-stage work like paint.
Finally, we end our day back at the front of the park, where Spaceship Earth remains stoically situated. As the park icon has seen many storms come and go, we’re certain it’ll be here waiting for us after Isaias.
Thank you for joining us on our travels around the EPCOT today. Do you have a favorite piece of new merchandise from the wide variety that showed up today? Let us know in the comments!