PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT & Magic Kingdom 3/20/21 (MouseGear and Moana Journey of Water Construction, Disney+ Marvel Show Merchandise, New EPCOT Signage, and More)
Greetings from Walt Disney World! We’re delving further into Spring Break at EPCOT and Magic Kingdom, entering what is effectively the second weekend of the school holiday around the United States. It also happens to be a chilly and overcast start to the weekend, relatively speaking. Let’s head in and see what’s in store for the day.
We started our day in EPCOT, which is synonymous with “construction”. True to form, we caught some early work at the former Innoventions West site where Journey of Water Inspired by Moana has begun to be built.
Not nearly to the point of receiving signage, MouseGear and the Innoventions East building are at least receiving lots of attention to move the project closer to completion. While we’re still months away, the hectic work schedule means that a summer opening could be possible for the new MouseGear.
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Rounding out World Showcase, La Gelateria in the Italy Pavilion is inching closer to completion as paving work has been occurring adjacent to the structure, though there’s still a lot to be done before the new location can open.
Finally, we once again caught Minnie and Mickey at the front of the park — a debut we first reported on several days ago. While we thought these appearances may only be a test, the consistency with which they’ve appeared would indicate these physically distanced photo-ops will continue for a while.
At Memento Mori, the light-up gargoyle, which debuted on New Year’s Eve and has since been in extremely short supply, has returned. Cast Members advised that only twelve of them had been stocked today — for the first time in a month. By early afternoon, only half of those remained.
Despite it being a Saturday during the Spring Break time of year, crowds weren’t too terribly bad, not quite matching what we’ve seen on holiday weekends like for Martin Luther King Jr. Day back in January.
Back at Emporium, these The Falcon and the Winter Soldier socks debuted, allowing guests to represent the newest Disney+ series. The socks sell for $14.99 a pair, or $10.00 each when purchasing two pairs.
Finally, we round out our day at Box Office Gifts, which has seen quite a reorganization ahead of the temporary closing of The Chapeau. With the Main Street hat store going down for refurbishment, Box Office Gifts would seem to be the new spot for headwear at the Magic Kingdom.
That’s it for our visit to Walt Disney World, we hope you’ve enjoyed EPCOT and Magic Kingdom today. Be sure to check in with WDWNT.com often for all of the latest stories from the Walt Disney World parks, and every Disney park around the world!