This week, we’ll look at what’s going on over at Epcot. Construction, obstructions and refurbishments! About 50 photos for you, so let’s get started!

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Welcome to Epcot!

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Walls are still up at the central turnstile area.

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Outside the Art of Disney store, the EPCOT30 display is still there, which is nice.

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Inside the store, you can see that the awesome Tiki Room merchandise that was out at Disneyland has made its way to WDW. Really great stuff.

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It’s all a bit pricey, but definitely cooler than most offerings at the resort.

Walls are still up in Innoventions Plaza for Starbucks and near Electric Umbrella.

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What I’d give to get rid of this ugly stage.

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Refurbishment continues at the World Showcase Plaza gift shops.

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I was in the park later in the afternoon this week, and there was one of these carts in almost every World Showcase pavilion. Unfortunately, they are very much in the way.

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The walls are down here at Maelstrom, which just celebrated 25 years of being open and the rocks are looking nice.

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I’m glad they have this area open even when Food and Wine and Flower and Garden are not running, it’s very nice.

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Sounds Like Summer is going on, this week had a tribute to Lynard Skynard.

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New bathrooms are moving right along at the American Adventure.

Construction also continues at the new restaurant in Morocco, with a building poking out over the walls right up against the walls.

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Apparently, the royal baby is coming soon.

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New Mary Poppins topiary!

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I actually find this DVC kiosk to not stick out. It fits right in near the Canada pavilion.

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Lastly, Disney has ripped out the escalator in the Land to get down to the Living with the Land and Soarin’ entrances. It’s quite ugly, but I don’t think there is a pretty way to get around it.

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Well, that does it for this week’s column. How do you feel about the projects happening in the park? Thoughts on World Showcase not having a major expansion in the last 25 years? Let us know in the comments!!

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  • jcruise86

    Thanks for the update!

    Spaceship Earth is surrounded by boring ugliness that detracts from its bottom half. Many buildings have great tops, but the symmetrical bottom-half of this ball halps make the whole thing extraordinary. It should be orbited by flowers that contrast with its size and don’t block it at all.

  • Johnny

    Does anyone know when the new Morocco restaurant will open?

    • Cory Disbrow

      The Parks Blog has said “end of the year” so I’d imagine probably October or later.

  • tofubeast

    Lovely photos and update as usual! We appreciate your weekly column so much!

    Loving the Tiki merch, especially the Shag prints. Have you happened to see this stuff (incl Shag prints) at MK? I will be at MK for a short time next month, and I would love to score a print to add to my collection.

    • Cory Disbrow

      Yes, they have the Tiki merchandise at all of the Art of Disney stores on property, including the one inside the Main Street Cinema at MK.

  • JiminyCricketFan

    Your pictures are amazing! Even the picture of the Epcot entrance and the grave stone memorials to those who have gone before look better than I have even seen it.

    The Tiki items are nice, but WAY over priced. Disney is just trying to soak people as usual. They are shameless in that this year.

  • For $85, Disneyland Tiki fans could attend a special merchandise event to buy exclusive Tiki inspired items. Looks like everything but the pins are now available everywhere. I wonder how the folks who paid top dollar for the event feel about that? And I wonder if Disney got the message that these beautiful items didn’t sell out, not because they weren’t wanted, but because they were terribly overpriced!

  • DisneyNuts

    I wonder how much the Tiki Room coasters cost in the parks? I just looked up them on up online and someone is selling them on eBay for $49.99 …. that’s just crazy! Neat stuff, but I agree they are a bit of a swindle.

    Looks like it was a beautiful day in the park. Thanks for these photos – I especially love the ones of Spaceship Earth contrasting with that gorgeous azure sky. I am guessing that all of the “under construction” spots will still be that way when we arrive next month ….we are at 38 days and counting until our trip!!!

  • Amy VandenBoogert

    “Sounds Like Summer is going on, this week had a tribute to Lynard Skynard.”

    I’ll be you $20 there was someone in the back yelling “FREEBIRD!” 😉

  • Tielo

    Wow, the biggest theme park in the world has a tribute to Lynard Skynard cover band while a few years back we had the pleasure to see the real deal with our admission of Universal Studios Orlando. It was really crowded but had a wonderful atmosphere and it was a great concert. Sorry Disney but this is sad in so many ways.

  • QPerth

    Thanks for the terrific Epcot update Cory. Gorgeous pictures as always.

    World Showcase is certainly the current Jewel of Epcot, it looks terrific. It is a real shame that there has been no new countries join WS in a quarter of a century. Tragic. There are almost endless cultures that could join, and so much vacant space (at least 8-10) ‘vacant’ plots they could use. Future World looks a bit sad and a jumbled mess.

    My husband went to Epcot when he was a boy, and when I tell him about it now, he’s shocked there is less there now than when he went growing up.
    Until next time, have a great week! -Q.

  • daveyjones

    “I wonder how the folks who paid top dollar for the event feel about that?” the items you are seeing at the disney gallery and out at WDW are all *open edition* items. all of the limited edition stuff (such as shag’s serigraphs, which are only done in runs of a hundred or two—and command extremely high prices in the art gallery world) sold out at the event. and the event was the only place to procure them.

    as for me, the tickets price was worth the awesome goodie bag you got, as well as getting tipsy with bob gurr!

  • danyoung

    Thanks for the pics of my favorite Disney park. I plan on retiring there in a few years and driving boats around property, including across the beautiful World Showcase Lagoon!

  • TRONAlex

    Great report-as usual.
    Any new news about the Imagination Pavillion?
    It’s just sad how that was the crown jewal of Futureworld, and now it’s overlooked.
    Really sad… 🙁

  • TRONAlex

    Great story.
    Any new news on the Imagination Pavillion?
    At one time, the Imagination Pavillion was the Crown Jewel of Futureworld.
    Now, it’s overlooked. Really sad 🙁