Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll take a look at the newly open Starbucks location in Epcot as well as preparation for this year’s Food and Wine Festival. Let’s head to Epcot!!

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Welcome to Epcot!!

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Upon entering the park, you’ll see there are no more regular turnstiles, all are now RFID. The last section on the left that used to be Cast entrance is also being converted.

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I haven’t had the chance to report on this, but it is kind of an eyesore. Fastpass+ at Spaceship Earth. It isn’t even the fact that the ride has FP that bothers me, it is the fact that this gigantic piece of clutter has to go in here now.

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In other news, crowds are low now that schools are back in session.

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Those were taken at about 5pm!

The big news this week is that the Fountain View is now reopened as the Epcot Starbucks location. Here are a bunch of photos of it.

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At night, the railings have lights in them, which look very cool, in my opinion.

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The inside has a very modern look, with lots of cooler colors and wood decor.

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They are also featuring the seasonal Starbucks beverages, which is something I was worried they wouldn’t do.

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Starbucks in Epcot!

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Overall, I am a fan of this location. The old ice cream parlor that was here was dark, relatively dirty, and didn’t have the greatest menu. The new ice cream location in France is a vast improvement over the old Fountain View. This Starbucks is significantly smaller than the Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom, and I can see it getting pretty congested during busy times. Overall, I think it’s a plus for the park.

Also happening is preparation for the annual Food and Wine Festival, with lots of the booths now in place.

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We had a beautiful evening in the park.

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Construction on the new restrooms at the American Adventure are moving along nicely. It will be great to not have to use small and crowded restrooms in this part of the park anymore.

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Mo’Rockin’ now has a permanent stage since they were evicted to make room for the new waterside restaurant.

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Bushes up in between Morocco and France for Food and Wine prep.

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Time to head out!

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That wraps things up for this week’s column. What are your thoughts on the Starbucks location? Ready for the insane crowds and great food from the Food and Wine Festival? Let us know in the comments below!!

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