PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT & Disney’s Animal Kingdom 4/18/21 (“Harmonious” Fireworks Barges, “Brother Bear” and “Up” Character Appearances, New Expedition Everest Merchandise, and More)
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Welcome back to Walt Disney World for another exciting Sunday in the parks! We’ll be starting our day at EPCOT and later moving on to Disney’s Animal Kingdom as we find new characters, new barges, a new drink, and more. Let’s check it all out.
At the entrance to EPCOT, we always appreciate the recent addition of flags — especially when it’s breezy out.
If Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is the tortoise, Creations Shop and Club Cool are the hares. Work has been progressing far more productively, reflecting the intention of actually completing the project this year, unlike others on property. The project is set to be ready for guests this summer, but we’ll keep an eye on it.
Circling back to the Italy Pavilion, we took a moment to appreciate the detail present within the area.
Along the water, work continues on some small repairs to one of the bridges.
At La Gelateria, there hasn’t been much advancement since our update last week, but hopefully, the remaining groundwork will be completed soon so that at least one small set of walls can come down at EPCOT.
As we progressed further, we caught the Princess Promenade passing through, and Mary Poppins appearing in the U.K. Pavilion.
Back at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Russell from “Up” has also been added to the park’s lineup of characters. As compared to the three other Walt Disney World parks, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has the least amount of distanced meet-and-greets, so the addition of Russell making an appearance is appreciated!
A limited release Earth Day 2021 Te Fiti pin has been released as well. Keep an eye on WDWNT for details on where to find this commemorative pin!
Expedition Everest also scared up a new pair of Yeti socks, joining other new merchandise which arrived alongside the attraction’s 15th anniversary.
Finally, on our way out of the park, we took a few minutes to say hello to Annie Anteater and Rebecca the Male Black Swan, two of our favorite Disney’s Animal Kingdom residents.
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