Maskless Guests in World Showcase

PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 5/16/21 (World Showcase Without Masks, Updated Safety Signage, Slow Construction Progress, and More)

Good morning from EPCOT! After yesterday’s initial steps toward returning to a maskless Walt Disney World, it’s time to check on the second oldest park. EPCOT is the home to walking and eating, an activity which is allowed once more.

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In addition to the face covering changes, physical distancing mandates were also recently reduced. As part of that, spacing in parking lots seems to have ended this weekend.

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Upon entering the park, we noticed a sword had made its way into the new entrance fountain.

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At Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, there’s a disappointingly small amount of progress to see since our last update. Sadly, nothing of note has occurred in nearly two weeks.

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The refurbishment of the former Innoventions East building has been moving much quicker, though. However, the end game here is a store, not a sorely-needed attraction.

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EPCOT does currently have a nice selection of festival booths, and guests lined up to ‘rope drop’ Sunshine Griddle. Considering our glowing review, we can’t fault them for lining up early.

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Near the Imagination Pavilion, Joy showed off some of her unique skills, such as land canoeing and walking up a hill.

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The Imagination Pavilion itself looks lovely, and the flowers always improve the view.

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It has been—shockingly—a fairly dry spring in Orlando so far. That means the flowers need lots of manual watering, and Cast Members are always there to provide.

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The dozens of topiaries around the park all need a lot of care, especially this large display at the gateway to World Showcase.

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Hitting the main walkway of World Showcase, guests have opted to stash away their masks for the journey around the lagoon.

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Physical distancing is always a challenge, but was adhered to for the most part.

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Some guests swear by starting at the Mexico Pavilion, and that’s the route we chose today. On Gran Fiesta Tour, we weren’t treated to the return of any animatronics, though.

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The exit has been slightly reconfigured, however, now routing out towards the front of the pavilion instead of utilizing a side door.

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On the lagoon, the Harmonious barges sit with their arms out. One in particular has been covered in a screen material, what we expect will be the look for all of them eventually.

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In Morocco, the Tangerine Café marquee remains covered. The more hidden signs for the restaurant are still visible underneath an overhang.

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Some of the safety signage around World Showcase has been updated this weekend. The updated signs remove mention of 6 feet of physical distancing, leaving it a bit more ambiguous.

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However, all of the physical distancing markers in the park are still set at 6 feet. Policy changes and operational changes are two very different things.

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The last stop of today’s visit, we found that the sword from this morning had been removed from the fountain. We presume this means that EPCOT now has a new king or queen, but they have yet to show themselves.

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Brian
Brian
4 months ago

I absolutely loved your storyline for the sword! Very funny!

Dland Fan
Dland Fan
4 months ago

I like that guy’s Drink Drank Drunk shirt lol