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PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 2/15/21 (Rose & Crown Dining Room Open For Pub Guests, “Characters Off The Page” Portraits Moved, New Germany Pavilion Tervis, and More)

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Greetings, World Travlers, from another beautiful day here at EPCOT! We came out on this lovely, perfectly Florida late winter day to check out what new things we could find at the park today. Let’s get started!

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On our way into the park, we were excited to catch a glimpse of a brand new bus wrap on the road. We only got a good look at one side, but this striking bus features Vision on one side, and we’re assuming Wanda on the other, from the popular Disney+ Original Series “WandaVision”. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.

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Once inside the park, we found even more roof had been removed from Innoventions West. Demolition is finally moving along at a steady pace with is building. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.

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On the other side of Spaceship Earth, construction on Innoventions East is coming along nicely, with workers visible daily, usually in man lifts working in the ceiling of the building.

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Work has finally started up again on the roof of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. While we haven’t seen any signs of solar panels yet, workers were installing roofing material with a heat activated tool today.

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Both Harmonious barges were being worked on today, with the one on the right doing screen tests early in the morning, and the one on the left having it’s arm periodically raised and then stopped mid-air for long periods of time.

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On the overlook just in front of World Showcase Lagoon, in front of where the FastPass fireworks viewing area used to be, a tent has been set up and the front portion of this area roped off from guests.

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Backstage, visible from the Skyliner, construction continues on the Harmonious ring, with two workers in a bucket lift seen today working on it.

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Moving around World Showcase, the stairs in the Canada Pavilion have had their refurbishment completed. It appears that the top two or three steps were replaced or refinished.

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The “Characters Off The Page” portraits have been moved from the back garden to the Tea Garden in the United Kingdom Pavilion.

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As we’ve seen across the park, preparations are being made for the upcoming International Flower & Garden Festival, and it appears this is another step in that direction. This garden bed, where the portraits were originally placed for the Festival of the Arts, has been cleared of plants save for the large bushes in each corner and covered in pine needles until the rest of the landscaping can be installed.

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Another garden is being prepared for installation near the EPCOT Experience. Sod has been cut away to reveal the dirt underneath, and string guides and chalk shapes have been placed to help gardeners plant the garden in the correct shape.

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The Rose & Crown Dining Room was set to close today for refurbishment, but the physical dining room itself was open today to pub guests. No food was being served, as the kitchen were closed as part of the refurbishment, but guests were able to sit in the dining room after ordering at the bar.

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The “Soul” merchandise display in Art of Disney at the American Adventure has changed somewhat to focus on the shirts and artwork of featured visual artists.

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We found a new Tervis tumbler in Stein Haus in the Germany Pavilion featuring the classic German colors and Mickey and Minnie.

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We also found that most of the drink ware that had been released as a part of the new Germany Pavilion merchandise line in the Annual Passholder exclusive pop up shop in Fall 2020 has finally made it’s way to the park and is available to all guests. For more pictures and information on these items and the new Tervis tumbler, check out our article here.

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On our way out we noticed that the chalk art sadly did not weather the mornings storm very well, and most of it had washed away. We can’t wait to see what they draw next!

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We had a wonderful day at EPCOT today, and we hope you enjoyed coming along with us. Have a magical day!

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