Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll be taking a look at the latest news out of Epcot. With Flower and Garden in full force, a new restaurant being announced, and lots of little things happening, there is a lot to talk about. Let’s go!

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Welcome to Epcot!

Was pretty beautiful in the park this week, with nice warm temperatures and blue skies with those signature Florida clouds.

Over at Mission: Space, the paint work is still going on at the exterior, but part of the scrim is missing. Perhaps it came off during one of the nasty storms we had here recently.

Nice flowers over here as well.
Nice flowers over here as well.

And a Buzz Lightyear topiary.

Also over near Space was the little golf cart with the Flower and Garden “streetmosphere”. They’re fun and the guests enjoy them.

The festival is in full bloom now and is looking really nice.
The festival is in full bloom now and is looking really nice.

Over on the west side of Future World, the Fountain View is now closed to make way for the Epcot Starbucks location.

I'm very curious and excited to see what they do here.
I’m very curious and excited to see what they do here.

 

I took a walk into the butterfly garden this week as well for some fun photos.
I took a walk into the butterfly garden this week as well for some fun photos.

Over at the Monsters University topiaries, they added these college banners which weren’t there before.

One trend I’ve noticed is that with the food booths at this festival, they are nowhere near as busy as the ones during the Food and Wine Festival. Is it because of a different crowd, bad selection, or what?

Andy Castro said I need more Duffy in my articles, so here he is.

Some F&G merch.

Beautiful day in Mexico.
Beautiful day in Mexico.

The Mariachi Cobre were playing in the shade and not in the hot sun.

In an interesting move, walls have popped up again at the Maelstrom exterior. This was just under refurb some months ago.

The troll topiary is beloved.
The dragon is China is looking good.

Over in Italy, another food booth with no line whatsoever.

Italy is always one of my favorite Flower and Garden spots. I’d love to see it decked out like this year round.

Lady and the Trip are amazing.
Over at the American Adventure, new walls are up on the right hand side.
Over at the American Adventure, new walls are up on the right hand side.

I’ve heard rumor of a new restroom going here, but that isn’t concrete information as far as I know.

Over in Morocco, Disney recently announced the new Spice Road Table restaurant to sit on the waterfront.

As you can see, construction has leveled the old gift shop and stage that were here.

Walls run the entire length of the pavilion and make it pretty tight in there.

Gifts can now be found at the entrance to the quick service restaurant, and the stage for Mo’Rockin is now temporary.

Over in France, walls are still up for the conversion of the old bakery to ice cream parlor.
Over in France, walls are still up for the conversion of the old bakery to ice cream parlor.

Another empty food booth.

These tea pots in the UK look nice.
These tea pots in the UK look nice.

Canada also gets very colorful for the festival.

And we’ll end this week with these great Flower and Garden views.

That wraps things up for this week’s Dateline. What are your thoughts on Epcot’s new restaurant location? Would you rather see them focus on new attractions and/or a new World Showcase pavilion than more lagoon obstructing restaurants? Let us know in the comments!!

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  • Thank you Cory. Flower and Garden looks great. Consider it lucky that those food and wine booths aren’t busy. Once word gets out (in a year or two), it will start to get crazy.

    I’m not a big fan of building restaurants and structures which block the view of the lagoon and of the nightly spectacular fireworks. There are so many spaces backstage to build a new restaurant or ride, why block the beautiful side of the park instead? Kevin Yee had a great article about this on Tuesday: http://micechat.com/25943-moroccos-spice-road-table/

  • Gregg Condon

    Great update Cory. Flower and Garden is absolutely beautiful as always. Hopefully we’ll get back to my favorite park soon. It’s been 6 years. 🙁

  • lnsemsf

    Restrooms are indeed confirmed.
    From Disney’s advisory page for travel agents:

    Now – Fall 2013: Construction of new restrooms between The American Adventure and the Japan pavilion.

  • tofubeast

    Awesome update. Your pictures are stunning. EPCOT is such a beautiful park to photograph especially with the flower festival.

  • Amazing report of Epcot! Thank you!

  • Monorail Man

    “I’ve heard rumor of a new restroom going here, but that isn’t [i]concrete[/i] information as far as I know.”

    No, it’s porcelain! :p

    Awesome update this week Cory. I’ll be in Epcot next month. Looking really forward to seeing it again!

  • notsogrumpy

    Where is everybody? What day and time did you take these gorgeous pictures? You certainly had no people to ruin them for you!!! I want to be there when it looks like this…..

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    It boggles my mind why the food booths aren’t busy. I tried a couple of them last month and really enjoyed what I got (the Dole Whip topped with rum & the BBQ pork slider by American Adventure). I look forward to trying more when I’m back at the park on Sunday.

    • tofubeast

      There is a DW topped with rum? I’ve always wanted an adult version of this drink in the parks. Granted, it’s not at MK, but I’ll take EPCOT. Thanks! I will certainly enjoy one (or two…) in a few weeks.

  • pixie chick

    We were there last week and while the food booths weren’t busy, they weren’t completely empty either. The CMs were pretty efficient and were able to get guests through the line quickly. Some of the offerings were a little adventurous, so that may be why the demand isn’t as high.

    Count me in as another person who isn’t a fan of more restaurants by the water. Not only do they block the view, the walkways are becoming very tight due to the bottlenecks they create.

  • vivian

    Beautiful photos. I will be there in 3 wks. It’s been 4 yrs since my last trip to WDW. So looking forward to enjoying all the sights at EPCOT.

  • QPerth

    Thanks Cory for a beautifully photographed update. I hope you get some more comments, your updates deserve more attention.
    Epcot in Spring and the Flower and Garden festival is really a stunning time by the look of these shots, the colours and the flowers and landscaping is just amazing!
    Thanks for bringing this to us, I look forward to next weeks!
    -Q

  • Dave D

    Great shots. Thank-you. It’s like being there. And great selection.

    Park looks so quiet and relaxing. Crowds don’t look bad at all. When exactly was this? I know during festival but some of the shots show very few people. Patient photographer?

    I was just there 11/13/13 to 11/22/13 and first few days were ok crowd-wise. Then we got near Thanksgiving and WOW! I knew it was going to be a busy time to be there. I’ve never been during peak times so I didn’t know just how crazy it can get. In 19 visits it was the first time I lost the magic for a brief moment, just a moment.

    It was a far cry from the time in January (2003ish?) when it was in the high 30’s. And we could ride Rockin’ Roller Coaster as quickly as we could run back to the recording studio doors.

    Anyway, great shots of the festival. Happy to have found this site.