PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 1/5/21 (More Festival Preparations Underway, Dead Pixels On Harmonious Barge, Donald Animatronic Removed From Gran Fiesta Tour After Malfunction, and More)
Greetings, World Travelers, and welcome to a beautiful day at EPCOT! It started out pretty chilly, but warmed up nicely. We found lots of Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts preparations underway, so let’s get started!
When we entered the park, we found the entrance display had been changed from Festival of the Holidays to a beautiful display for the International Festival of the Arts with a “Coming Soon” banner across the corner.
On our way to World Showcase, we found another display had already arrived. This photo opportunity for the upcoming Festival of the Arts is a beautiful watercolor-style representation of the countries around World Showcase.
We found the Mele Kalikimaka booth from Festival of the Holidays transformed into Deconstructed Dish. We look forward to trying their new menu!
Across the walkway, we noticed that the Starbucks now has an exterior register set up, allowing guests to pay a Cast Member outside and then receive their order from the window.
We also saw that Starbucks has some new drinks to tempt guests. Their new “Because You Can” menu includes their new Pistachio flavor line.
While checking out the Harmonious barge, we also noticed that this construction box had been placed over the binoculars along the railing.
We found more festival tents had been set up in World Showcase in preparation for Friday. These tents are across from Disney Traders.
We found the Earth Eats booth from the Food & Wine Festival had finally been transformed into something new. POP Eats will open on Friday for Festival of the Arts.
Another festival tent has been set up just across the walkway from POP Eats. These tents will house artists and their work during the festival.
Las Posadas near the Mexico Pavilion has been transformed into the coming soon El Artista Hambriento booth.
Inside the Mexico Pavilion, the Donald animatronic has been removed from the final scene of Gran Fiesta Tour after he malfunctioned earlier today. Left in his place was a bunch of greenery and his hat. For more pictures and a video of the final scene with Donald removed, check out our article here.
We found more festival tents set up just past the Citrus Blossom booth. We’re excited to see all of these tents filled with art on Friday!
The Yukon Holiday Kitchen has been transformed into The Masterpiece Kitchen in the Canada Pavilion. We are looking forward to eating here!
The JAMMitors finally got a sign with their showtimes put up at The Mill Stage in the Canada Pavilion. We’re glad we can know when to catch their show now!
We also noticed that The Mill Stage has had its Christmas decorations removed. While most of the decorations around the park are still up, these have been taken down already.
We found some of the immersive fine art photo opportunities have already arrived ahead of the Festival of the Arts. This one is in between the Canada Pavilion and the United Kingdom Pavilion.
In the garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion, we were surprised to find Kelly the pianist set up in the gazebo performing for guests. We’re so happy to see performances happening in this lovely location once again!
We found another photo opportunity at International Gateway, this one “Peter Pan” themed.
On our way out, we found this bright and sunny new popcorn bucket. We are loving the cheerful vibes! For more pictures and information, check out our article here.
We had a great day at EPCOT, and we hope you enjoyed coming along with us. Have a magical day!