PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 9/19/20 (Trio of New Minnie Mouse Ears, Iconic Mouse Gear Wall Removed, New Pressed Pennies, and More)
Welcome to the weekend at EPCOT! For the first time in recent memory, we’ve got a mostly dry day with blue skies, unlike those weekends with Hurricane Isaias and Tropical Storm Sally, along with the unnamed Florida weather. Aside from the nicer weather, we were privy to a variety of new Minnie Mouse ear headbands and a sad development out of the Innoventions Plaza. Let’s dive in to what’s new in the park.
At the entrance to the park, we’re still keeping a close eye on the progress of the entrance construction, which should soon be completed to allow for guests to gaze upon the Lucite pylons and the fountain on which they sit.
Our next stop was over at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. With all of the solar panel backings now installed, every day offers a glimmer of hope that the solar panels themselves will soon adorn the building. Today, however, didn’t provide us with that treat.
Rounding out Future World construction, the Play! Pavilion roof work seems to have paused this week, as the crates full of replacement paneling, and the accompanying workers, have been absent from the former Wonders of Life Pavilion.
Back in World Showcase, it was a pretty normal (well, new normal) weekend, with a line snaking out of the Mexico Pavilion. A wait to get into the indoor pavilion should be expected on any of the busier days going forward.
While this sign wasn’t found inside the park, its presence at Walt Disney World resorts should immediately indicate to guests that a busy day is on the horizon. We found this sign at Disney’s Riviera Resort as we hopped aboard the Skyliner to check on the progress of the France Pavilion Expansion.
That progress, thankfully, seems to be moving quite briskly towards completion.
Some of the details being added, such as painted brick work in the walkways, continue to add character to the expansion.
We were a bit concerned that a worker was napping in the fountain, though. Just kidding, of course — we’re confident he was doing some sort of electrical or detail work, albeit in a very odd position.