We’re headed to Epcot this week to check out the last of the Flower and Garden Festival and to say farewell to the old version of Soarin’. Along the way we’ll check out the new Frozen additions to Norway and a few other projects. Let’s go!

Welcome to Epcot!
Welcome to Epcot!

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The Land has received its new sign now that Soarin' is back up and running.
The Land has received its new sign now that Soarin’ is back up and running.

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The early morning rush is back!
The early morning rush is back!

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The queue got all new carpet and new paint.
The queue got all new carpet and new paint.

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Looks nice!
Looks nice!

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There are now also 3 theaters, which makes for Concourses A, B, and C. As for the film itself, the old film is showing now until June 16th. On June 17th, the new film will start. The new projection looks great, and the smells were at full blast.
There are now also 3 theaters, which makes for Concourses A, B, and C. As for the film itself, the old film is showing now until June 16th. On June 17th, the new film will start. The new projection looks great, and the smells were at full blast.
There is a new lounge on the second floor of the Imagination pavilion, but we're not exclusive DVC members, so no photos. Sorry!
There is a new lounge for DVC members on the second floor of the Imagination pavilion, but we’re not DVC, so no photos. Sorry!
The tip board has been removed from the Test Track side of the park as well.
The tip board has been removed from the Test Track side of the park as well.

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Construction continues on the Frozen meet and greet area in Norway.
Construction continues on the Frozen meet and greet area in Norway.

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The restrooms are reopened and show some of the detail of the new area.
The restrooms are reopened and show some of the detail of the new area.

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The tarps have come down at Frozen Ever After, and it just looks, well, weird.
The tarps have come down at Frozen Ever After, and it just looks, well, weird.
This brick work looks great.
This brick work looks great.
But this new house looking facade is very strange and blocky. Perhaps it'll look better once fully finished?
But this new house looking facade is very strange and blocky. Perhaps it’ll look better once fully finished?

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Some topiary shots with the Festival ending this past weekend.
Some topiary shots with the Festival ending this past weekend.

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Birds of Epcot.
Birds of Epcot.

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Finding Dory coloring areas at the Liberty Inn restaurant.
Finding Dory coloring areas at the Liberty Inn restaurant.

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Beautiful trees in bloom in the France pavilion.
Beautiful trees in bloom in the France pavilion.

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Elsewhere in Disney World

Animal Kingdom unveiled  a wonderful new Restaurant experience last Friday, May 27. Opening in the Discovery Island area near Pizzafari, Tiffins offers both indoor dining and a outdoor lounge.“Tiffins” is an Indian word that means mid day meal or takeaway/lunchbox type food container. The Restaurant will offer full service meals inside and small bites/beverages & cocktails on the Nomad lounge- outdoor porch. The porch of the Nomad Lounge is bound to be a popular hangout destination with views of the waterfront and comfy couches and chairs.

Epcot recently unveiled some new friendly additions to the crew at Turtle Talk with Crush. Located inside The living Seas Pavilion, Turtle Talk with feature some of the new friends from the upcoming movie “Finding  Dory”. Destiny (a whale shark), Bailey (a beluga whale) and Hank (a septopus), will join Crush and Dory for the summer season.

Disney Golf has a new summer get away offer. Special 2 night and 3 night packages are available for both the Disney fan and golf lover. There are even special week long junior golf camps that start June 6th and run until August 12th.

Time to head out!
Time to head out!

That’s going to do it for this week. Are you happy to see the old Soarin’ again? Excited for the new one? How do you feel about the transformation of the Norway pavilion? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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