What’s New in EPCOT: Turning Red and Pirates of the Caribbean Ears!

EPCOT tends to have tons of new things to see, eat, and do! So, we’re constantly in the park to make sure we’re bringing you the latest news and information.


So without further ado, let’s get into what’s new at EPCOT!

The biggest update from EPCOT (and all of the Disney parks, really) is that traditional character meet-and-greets have returned to the parks! We are once again able to hug our favorite characters, and we’re so excited.

EPCOT Food Updates

Garden BBQ

Over at Garden Grill, a Cast Member confirmed that, at this character dining experience, characters are hugging guests and signing autograph books!

Garden grill sign

This may not be the case at every character dining location in Disney World, as they are not all returning to traditional character dining at once.

You can see a FULL List of the Character Dining locations that have returned to normal here.

La Cava Del Tequila

There are two new drinks at La Cava Del Tequila in the Mexico pavilion! The first is the Acapulco Colada which is Mocambo aged rum, Gracias a Dios piña mezcal, Nixta corn liquer, Kalani coconut liquor, and piña colada cream. It is $17.

Acapulco Colada

The other new drink on the menu is the Negroni Blanco which is Montelobos ensamble mezcal, Cocchi Americano aperitivo, Luxardo bitter bianco, and cucumber bitters. It is $20.

Negroni Blanco

The menu outside has been updated, as well.

Updated menu!

Not only does it now include the two new drinks, it also has The Lilywhich is a drink that debuted during the Festival of the Arts and is now a permanent item on the menu!

EPCOT Construction Updates

While we were strolling around World Showcase we spotted a new trash can in the American Adventure. This trash can doesn’t have flaps, so you can throw something away without having to touch the trash can itself.

New trash can!

We also spotted a couple of new signs! There’s a new tip board across from The Land pavilion…

New tip board!

…and a new directional sign across from Coral Reef!

New directional sign!

In the Mexico pavilion, the fountain is still drained and not running.

It’s not running!

the Traveler’s Cafe (aka the EPCOT Starbucks) has closed ahead of the opening of the Connections Cafe.

It’s closed!

We still don’t have an official opening date for the Connections Cafe and Eatery.

EPCOT merchandise updates

Because traditional character meet-and-greets have returned, autograph books are back for sale in the parks!

Autograph books!

We saw them in the Creations Shop, Gateway Gifts, and in the Mexico pavilion!

club cool

Over at Club Cool, you can try all sorts of different sodas from around the world and pick up some Coke merchandise, as well. We noticed that these jawbreaker lollipops received a packaging update.

New jawbreaker packaging

Now, they better match the packaging of the other cool (pun intended) items you can find here!

Mission: SPACE Cargo Bay

Over at the Mission: SPACE Cargo Bay, we spotted some astronaut snacks.

Astronaut Ice Cream!

These guys are Freeze dried bananas and ready to eat. They’re the same kind of stuff that astronauts would bring with them into space! These aren’t new but they sure are fun!

Creation’s shop

Over at the Creations Shop, we saw a restock of the pink EARidescent Loungefly backpacks!

Pink EARidescent Loungefly Backpack

Speaking of Loungefly, we also saw this red Mickey and Minnie Loungefly backpack for $75.

Mickey and Minnie Loungefly

fans of Turning Red will be happy to see that four Turning Red plushes are also available at Creations.

‘Turning Red’ plushes

Plus the Turning Red ears that we had previously only seen online and in Disney California Adventure are also now available at Creations Shop! They are $30.

‘Turning Red’ Ears

And the Turning Red love doesn’t stop there because we also saw this pair of panda slippers for $24.99! These slippers are seriously soft on the inside and have Mei as a red panda making two different faces on either slipper.

Two words: Panda. slippers.

We also saw this blue hat with a gold Mickey Mouse on it for $29.99.

New has!

The Creations Shop also had four of the five Mickey Mouse: The Main Attraction Pirates of the Caribbean items! Here, we found the plus for $35…

Mickey Mouse: The Main Attraction plus!

…the ears also for $35…

Mickey Mouse: The Main Attraction ears!

…the pin for $30…

Mickey Mouse: The Main Attraction pin!

…and the Loungefly backpack for $85.

Mickey Mouse: The Main Attraction Loungefly backpack!

There was also a restock of the Walt Disney Vision mug. This mug is $14.99.

Walt Disney Vision mug!

We also spotted this Minnie Mouse Card Wallet for $16.99. We’ve seen a similar Stitch Card Wallet online.

Minnie Mouse card wallet

There’s also a new one Walt Disney World shirt with icons from all of the parks for $36.99.

Walt Disney World shirt

If you’re looking for a new Apple Watch band, Creations Shop has you covered with three new ones! There’s a white Orange Bird ribbon…

White Orange Bird watch band

…a black Orange Bird band…

Black Orange Bird watch band

…and a Figment watch band!

Figure watch band

These Apple Watch bands are $34.99 each.

Camera Center

Over at the Camera Center, we spotted this Earth Day 2022 pin.

Earth Day 2022 pin!

It features Mickey and Pluto watering a flower with a watering can that has the recycling logo on it. The pin is $17.

Port of Entry

Port of Entry had The Walt Disney Film Archives: The Animated Movies 1921-1968 book.

Walt Disney Film Archive Book

This book is $25.

Disney Traders

Speaking of books, Disney Traders had this Marvel cookbook called Marvel Eat the Universe Unofficial Cookbook.

Marvel cookbook

This cookbook features recipes from the Marvel universe and is available for $29.99. We have seen it at Disneyland before but this was our first time seeing it at Disney World.

World Traveler

At World Traveler, located in the International Gatewaywe saw this new UK hat!

Spotted in the UK hat

It’s gray and has dogs and the words “Spotted at the United Kingdom” embroidered on the back. It is available for $24.99.

House of Good Fortune

Here, we saw a pig plush that’s drinking boba tea.

Ok, this is adorable

The pig is pink and the boba tea that it’s holding is pink, as well. You can grab this plush for $42.

American Adventure

At a kiosk in the American Adventure, we saw this teapot that seemed a little lost.

Alice in Wonderland teapot

It’s Alice in Wonderland themed… so shouldn’t it be in the UK pavilion? Regardless, this teapot is super cute and is $34.99!

And that’s what’s new in EPCOT! Make sure to keep reading DFB for all the latest Disney news!

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