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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