PHOTO REPORT: EPCOT 5/2/21 (Mother’s Day Treats, Self-Serve Beverages Return to Sunshine Seasons, “Creations Shop” Construction Progresses, and More)
Welcome to EPCOT on what was Walt Disney World’s hottest day so far in 2021, with a high temperature of 91 and humidity up to 93%. While not the most comfortable day in the parks in recent memory, there’s still quite a bit going on in and around EPCOT for us to check up on.
The centerpiece of the park, Spaceship Earth, has slowly had more and more “Points of Light” added.
At the nearby Mouse Gear, a few new tops appeared with a variety of interesting phrases and symbols replacing letters. The shirts are $29.99 while the tank top is, curiously, $5 more.
We took a little detour to The Seas Pavilion to say hello to Lou and Lil’ Joe, two manatees who call The Seas home. They are both rescues, and part of one of the many interesting exhibits in the pavilion.
Heading over to The Land Pavilion, we noticed that Sunshine Seasons has not only resumed selling fountain beverages—something which hasn’t happened since before the park closed in March of 2020—but is allowing guests to fill their own cups, a change which started rolling out a couple of weeks ago.
At the Imagination Pavilion, ImageWorks is one of many shops to sell these new Pixar Pier billboard puzzles, but it’s the first time we’ve seen one out of the box and on display.
Outside of the pavilion, topiaries are still looking good as we’re nearly two months into the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, which runs through July 5th.
The flowers installed for the festival are in full bloom, bringing some much-needed color to the wall-filled park.
The purple martins were extremely active today, adding their own bit of color—and sound—to the park.
Heading back into World Showcase, we caught the Princess Promenade rolling through, and Belle looking as lovely as ever.
Meanwhile, the restrooms in the Morocco Pavilion have been closed for about three and a half months. The buildings for Gelateria Toscana arrived via trucks only one week before the date the restrooms closed, a curious juxtaposition of projects which seem very different in their scale and complexity.
On the World Showcase Lagoon, no testing was being performed on the “Harmonious” barges, but the center ring barge arms were vertical the entire day.