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Wood Lantern Revealed Inside Connections Café and Eatery at EPCOT

Though an opening date has not been announced for Connections Café and Eatery at EPCOT, the new quick-service restaurant is coming together quickly.

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New trees and foliage were planted outside the World Discovery entrances to the restaurant and we saw crew members among the plants this morning.

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More crew members were working directly outside this entrance, which does not yet have a sign like the other entrances. It does have the same black and red archway as the others.

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Through the windows, it looks like tables and chairs are staged for placement inside. We previously saw booths installed.

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The entire building has been painted a solid cream, off-white color.

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This rounded corner of the building and some of the columns were also recently restored.

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We can see that the top of the corner still needs a final piece.

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It still looks ragged and torn.

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From the breezeway, we could see through these windows.

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A wooden lantern structure is visible inside.

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This matches the architecture of Connections that we have seen in concept art.

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In the breezeway, we have been able to get a good look at this Connections Café entrance.

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The café portion will be a permanent Starbucks location, as indicated by the Starbucks logo on the inside of the archway.

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Here is concept art for Connections Café and Eatery, featuring the “Global Gathering” mural.

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