PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 8/19/20 (Exploring The Seas, Limited Edition Pins, Construction Updates on MouseGear, Play! Pavilion, and More)
It was an overcast day, which made for a welcome break in the heat, and a perfect day to stroll through the World Showcase! While we were initially disappointed to find that the EPCOT Forever Limited Edition MagicBands were not restocked like we were told they might be, we still found lots of fun new things today. Let’s get started!
Limited Edition pins are trickling back into Walt Disney World, including this one celebrating National Unicorn Day. Originally due to release in April, this pin retails for $17.99.
Also new today was the Limited Edition pin celebrating Teacher’s Day. Originally due to debut in April as well, this pin retails for $17.99. Both pins are now available in select locations where Limited Edition pins are sold, including Pin Traders in EPCOT and Pin Traders in Disney Springs.
We spotted these redesigned classic red and black Minnie ears in MouseGear with a subtle bow change. The previous version of this style, which is still available, has a sequin fabric bow, whereas this new style has a shimmer fabric bow. We personally prefer this new fabric. For those ear connoisseurs out there, the new bow is the same fabric as the bow on the original Rose Gold ears, just in a red instead of pink.
We found a fun new set of antenna toppers featuring Mickey shaped fruit that will make you wish it was still summer at MouseGear. Just look at those “hidden” Mickeys in the watermelon!
It was a busy day for the construction workers at EPCOT today, with lots of activity at all of the construction sites. One particularly exciting construction site is the Play! Pavilion as the workers currently have to be strapped in to harnesses and rappel around the domed roof to work on it. It’s exciting to see this work getting done!
Walking by the construction of the former location of MouseGear, we spotted some of the original classic interior pieces still intact despite extensive demolition. We are curious to see how this building will look once completed.
At Project Tomorrow, the upper screens were on, as we’ve seen recently, but the globe was off, and the curtain was drawn across it. All of the interactive exhibits remain off.
We checked in at Sea Base and took a moment to watch the manatees swimming circles together in their enclosure. We love getting to see the animals at Walt Disney World.
While we were there, we saw that the Turtle Talk with Crush marine exhibit was open, despite the attraction still being listed as “Unavailable” online. We ventured inside, and took a look around.
While the show has not yet returned, the exhibit is open for guests to explore. A Cast Member told us they hope to have the show back within the next two weeks, which is exciting news!
Moving towards World Showcase, we passed through the EPCOT Experience at just the right, or wrong, time to see it shut down temporarily while Cast Members sanitized the handrails in the show room. We so appreciate their hard work to keep us safe!
Over the weekend, we saw the front doors closed and a one-way traffic flow pattern set up with a limited capacity inside the Mexico Pavilion. All of that has been removed, although the crowds were much lighter today than they were over the weekend. We suspect we will see that system return on busier days.
In the Norway Pavilion, we found a new addition to the ever-growing Viking merchandise collection. This baseball hat has joined the ranks today, sporting the knot work Viking man art also featured on shirts and a mug so far. We are loving the new look!
Goofy took a moment out of his walk with the Mickey and Friends World Tour to strike a pose for us, and boy did he make our day!
In the Italy Pavilion the popular gelato crossbody bag has been restocked, to everyone’s surprise. Cast Members weren’t sure this bag would return, but here it is, in all its Mickey-shaped snack glory.
As you can see, finishing touches are being put on the rest of the France Pavilion expansion. Lamp posts and lights are being installed, and it looks amazing!
In the United Kingdom Pavilion, Guinness merchandise has been brought over to the Twinnings Tea Shop from across the street, changing things up a bit here as its home shop, The Crown & Crest, is still Temporarily Unavailable.
In the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion, the Burton’s Maple Syrups booth added a rope barrier to further distance guests as they peruse the available syrups, and a new sign, capable of catching your eye in the low light of the pavilion. If you haven’t tried their syrups yet, we recommend that you do, they’re delicious!
We had a wonderful day at EPCOT, and hope you enjoyed coming along with us. Have a magical day!