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Nín hǎo (hello) from EPCOT! We’re ending the weekend — and the month — here at the home of Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. There’s quite a bit going on, though as usual, a lot of it is in the form of construction — though we have new merchandise and art, too. Let’s see what’s new!
At the future home of Mouse Gear, we’ve been seeing a majority of the work at EPCOT happening in this one area as the structure is refitted for the anchor shop to return to its past home. Additional framing and glass are installed on a daily basis, as are interior elements.
Of course, when Disney giveth, Disney taketh away, and as such the demolition of Innoventions West presses on, though at a much more agonizing pace.
While the new year has arrived for many of us around the world, in China it arrives on February 12th. In keeping with that timeline, a Chinese New Year “Year of the Ox” lantern is now available at House of Good Fortune in the China Pavilion. The lantern lights up with flashing and fast-changing patterns, including a Mickey head shape. The lantern sells for $19.99.
Over at the France Pavilion expansion and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, there’s not much new to see as the expansion has been in, effectively, a finalized state for some time now. In fact, filming was going on within the expansion for several hours today, beginning well before park open and wrapping up in the late afternoon.
We finish up our day in World Showplace, enjoying the gentle tunes played by Carol “The Piano Lady” Stein. She can be heard playing guests’ favorite Disney tunes, just as she did at Rose & Crown Pub before the park closed in March.
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