Time for a trip around the world! …World Showcase, that is. 😉
We’re heading to EPCOT today to check out what’s NEW in this park since the last time we visited! We found a secret snack, checked the progress on some major construction projects, and went shopping for LOTS of new souvenirs. Come along with us to see what you’ve missed.
EPCOT Food Updates
50th Anniversary Coke
All of the theme parks currently have new Coca-Cola bottles with special 50th Anniversary labels!
You can find these drinks at most snack stands around EPCOT or in coolers at some of the gift shops for $4.69 each.
Anna’s Ginger Swedish Thins
We recently visited The Fjording in the Norway pavilion of World Showcase. While we were there, we spotted Anna’s Ginger Swedish Thins!
We’re always up for trying out a snack, so we grabbed these to test them out. Our verdict? These are DELICIOUS! They’re very thin ginger snap cookies, and we could munch on them all day.
As an added bonus, the cookies are also vegan! You can get them at The Fjording for $4.95.
Check out our full review of these cookies here!
If you’re looking for a quick, tasty snack in EPCOT, then you should head over to the Germany pavilion to summer party. You won’t find this snack on the menu or on Mobile Order, but you can get House made pepper chips at the window!
for $4.49you can get a decent serving of delicious house-made potato chips with a generous amount of peppers sprinkled on top. These aren’t listed on their own on the menu (they come as a side to some entrées), but just head up to the window and ask a Cast Member for them, and you should be able to get just the side!
Click here for our full review of House-Made Paprika Chips.
EPCOT Construction Updates
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
We got a HUGE update this week about the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind rollercoaster coming to EPCOT: It’s going to open on May 27th, 2022! Construction is coming along well, and most of the barriers and cones have been removed from the entrance.
We can’t wait to ride this coaster when it opens this summer! Some guests will get to preview the attraction before it opens, including Annual Passholders, D23 Gold Members, and select DVC members. Watch for more information about those previews, coming soon.
Click here to see the NEW commercial for this ride!
Moana: Journey of Water
Another upcoming attraction is Moana: Journey of Water, which is a walk-through attraction in World Celebration that features lively fountains and interactive elements. We don’t have an opening date yet, but it looks like construction is coming along.
There’s a large structure taking shape in one area, although there aren’t really many recognizable features yet.
But it’s clear that the construction teams have been hard at work!
Click here to learn more about this upcoming attraction.
At the Seas pavilion, one section was still closed off as the Cast Members are introducing a new species to the nursery tanks.
We don’t know yet what the new species will be, but we’re excited to find out when the nursery reopens!
Connections Cafe is a new quick-service restaurant opening in World Celebration sometime this spring. We’ve already learned quite a bit about the menu and offerings here, as well as some of the decor and inspiration behind the restaurant!
Calling all coffee lovers — this spot is also going to be a Starbucks location in EPCOT! Right now we can just peek at the exterior, but we can’t wait to go inside once it finally opens.
When we stopped by recently, we saw that there was some condensation on the windows. That could mean that there was some cooking going on inside — maybe a few practice meals are being tested? It’s all just speculation now, but we’re hoping that’s a sign that the restaurant will open soon!
Check out the MENU for Connections Café and Eatery here.
EPCOT merchandise updates
We spotted a new Blue Castle Nightlight at Gateway Gifts.
You can get this souvenir for $16.99.
Creations Shop had a LOT of new merchandise! We spotted a new “Grow Happiness” Stationery Set for $9.99which is part of an International Flower & Garden Festival merchandise collection.
And speaking of Flower & Garden souvenirs, we also saw some festival phone cases! There’s a Mickey & Minnie one…
…an Orange Bird one…
…and an Annual Passholder Figment one! Each phone case is $34.99.
There was also a new collection of sleeveless Mickey Mouse shirts. There were blue…
…and gray shirts in the collection, and each cost $36.99.
For kids, there’s a Chewbacca shirt that says “Mood” on the front. This one is $19.99.
There were a couple of retro t-shirts here, including a Yellow Mickey shirt…
…and a Walt Disney World shirt. Both were $24.99.
If neither of those strike your fancy, maybe you’d prefer the blue Mickey “To the Castle and Back” tee for $24.99 as well!
There was also a white Minnie Mouse shirt…
…and a “Paging Mr Morrow” shirt for $24.99 each. The “Paging Mr. Morrow” shirt is referencing the PeopleMover attraction in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, so it seems to be a little bit lost over here in EPCOT!
Rounding out the new shirts are a couple of Starwars– themed tees. There’s a red one that features Lando Calrissian…
…and a gray one featuring Darth Vader that says “Saber the Moment.” Both cost $24.99.
Of course, you’ll need some new pants to go with all of those t-shirts! There were some cropped leggings available for $39.99…
…or you could go with these Mickey lounge shorts for $24.99.
We also spotted some new Disney princess mugsincluding an Ariel one…
…and a sleeping beauty one.
Each mug was $14.99.
Art of Disney
At Art of Disney, we took some time to admire this Expedition Everest artworkwhich was painted by David Buckley and costs $399.
So there it is a print of Mickey Mouse at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort for $39.99.
Some Disney princess designer dolls were also available in this store. We saw the gorgeous Tiana doll herewhich includes a beautiful gold and white gown with details that nod to Princess and the Frog.
These dolls aren’t cheap, though! Each one cost $129.
At Disney Traders, we found a new Captain America Shield! You can pretend to be an Avenger with this souvenir for $119.
For those looking to celebrate Easter with some spring-themed merchandise, you can find a chocolate-scented (!!) Mickey Easter Bunny Plush here for $27.99. Isn’t he cute??
And we also saw some new Wishables keychains. There was one for Steamboat Willie…
…the Evil Queen…
…and Maleficent as a dragon.
Each keychain was $11.99.
Mitsukoshi in the Japan pavilion of World Showcase is one of the most interesting gift shops in Disney World. It has all kinds of modern souvenirs featuring adorable characters (including some from anime shows and movies) as well as more traditional Japanese items like special clothing, dishes, and foods. This time we found a new one Super Mario Mushroom Lamp, which plays the sound from the video game! It’s $22.95.
There were also Super Mario Fun Fact Coasters for $11.95.
If you became obsessed with Animal Crossing a while ago (we get it), you can get some Animal crossing gadget decals here for $9.95.
And finally, we saw a new one Dragon Ball Z backpack.
This bag was $39.95.
At the Tea Caddy in the UK pavilion, we found a teapot-shaped “Fancy a Cuppa” pursewhich is perfect for all the tea lovers out there.
This bag is $39.99.
Other EPCOT updates
New Magic Shot
For everyone who can’t stop talking about Bruno (it’s us. We can’t stop talking about Bruno), there’s a new Encanto-themed Magic Shot available in EPCOT! You can pose with Isabela from the Madrigal family, conjuring up some gorgeous blooms! It’s a perfect way to celebrate the Flower & Garden Festival, if you ask us!
Head to the water near Journey Into Imagination With Figment, and ask a PhotoPass photographer if they have the Isabela Magic Shot.
That’s it for our EPCOT updates this time! Stay tuned with DFB for more of the latest Disney news.
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What’s your favorite pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase? Let us know in the comments!