PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 1/20/21 (Further Demolition of Art of Disney, Donald Still Missing From Gran Fiesta Tour, Lots of New Pins, and More)
Hello from a beautiful day here at EPCOT! We had a wonderful day here sampling treats from the Festival of the Arts and enjoying a rare low crowd day. With the holidays over, and the holiday weekend behind us, today was a pretty quiet day. Let’s get started!
Our day always starts with checking in on the many construction projects here at EPCOT, and today was no exception. Early this morning, the screens of the one of the Harmonious barge was being tested, and showed a few lit pixels.
Work was being done before many guests arrived back at the Italy Pavilion on the La Gelateria booth, with two workers on ladders working on the facade of the building.
Yesterday we saw a large patch of fresh concrete blocked off near the Travelers Cafe, blocking about half of the walkway. Thankfully, that area was unblocked today, but we found a new, smaller section blocked off near Port of Entry.
Moving into FutureWorld, sheets of painted plywood have been brought into the play area where the astroturf has been pulled up.
Yesterday we saw about half of the paneling stripped from this structure still standing as part of the former Art of Disney location, and today we found all of the paneling had been removed. Demolition is accelerating in this area recently.
It’s been fifteen days since the Donald animatronic was removed from the final scene of Gran Fiesta Tour in the Mexico Pavilion, but there’s still no sign of his return.
We checked in on the Expression Section and found new signage had been installed, guiding guests to where they could find the mural and where to pick up their supplies.
The flatbreads from the original menu have returned to Eats at the EPCOT Experience. The current price is $2 lower than the original price, so we suspect that the portion sizes are altered.
We’re starting to think that the “dolphin tank” in The Seas Pavilion is actually the “diver tank” with as much time as we see divers in it cleaning coral compared to how often we see dolphins. Nevertheless, Walt Disney World has some of the best looked after coral around, that’s for sure!
We noticed that it seemed quiet today, but when we got to American Adventure, we knew we had to show you this sight. This was around midday, when this area is usually pretty busy, even on slow days. It was definitely a good day to try things from the festival food booths, as there were hardly any lines anywhere.
We found two Dooney & Bourke MagicBands restocked today at both Pin Traders and Mouse Gear. The Fourth of July MagicBand was even on sale, and although it was marked at $58.00, it rang up at $33.60 before tax and discounts, which still apply and stack on this sale. The Food & Wine Festival MagicBand was not on sale, and was only available at Pin Traders for $58.00.
It was a good day for pin enthusiasts as we found several new pins today. First, we found this Disney Princess Mystery Collection blind box at Pin Traders. Each box contains two randomly selected pins and retails for $15.99.
Next, we found this Chinese New Year Mystery Collection blind box, also at Pin Traders. Each box contains two randomly selected pins and retails for $15.99.
We also found two RunDisney Limited Release pins, the second of which was an Annual Passholder exclusive. Both are available at Pin Traders and retail for $17.99 each.
Lastly, we found these long-awaited princess tiara open edition pins. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.
We had a wonderful day at EPCOT, and we hope you enjoyed coming along with us. Have a magical day!