Epcot News and Photos

Written by Cory Disbrow. Posted in Dateline Disney World, Epcot, Walt Disney World

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Published on January 28, 2015 at 3:01 am with 32 Comments

About Cory Disbrow

Cory likes Walt Disney World so much, he recently packed his bags and moved to Orlando. Cory is a photographer and writes MiceChat's Dateline Disney World columns every Friday.

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  • Park Hopper

    Fantastic photos! They really make me want to be there!

  • danyoung

    Excellent photos – thanks for the walk around the World!

    About a year ago I was walking through the World Showcase with no real plans for lunch, and I saw that Spice Road Table was mostly empty. I walked up and was seated right away. I had an excellent lunch, including a wine flight with 3 small glasses, calamari and some very tasty beef & chicken skewers. Highly recommended!

    • Bob Dole

      Good to know about Spice Road Table. We’re going to WDW at the end of May. Any other good ideas for lunch?

  • SFMike

    A meet and greet at the Norway/Frozen pavilion is not my idea of a new attraction. Meet and greets belong at the Magic Kingdom not Epcot.

    • docandsix

      The sooner the Frozen fad flames out and is left in the ash bin of inexplicable cultural obsessions, like Cabbage Patch Dolls, pet rocks, and Tickle-Me Elmo, the better.

      • billyjobobb

        At the rate Disney builds things, Frozen will have flamed out before these new “improvements” are up and running.

  • FerretAfros

    The new Soarin’ theater will be just west of the southern-most existing theater. During the 10K a couple weeks ago, the course went directly past that location and the construction trailer was in place and site clearing had already begun (bare soil, formerly a concrete pad/loading dock)

    Regarding the construction walls by the lumberjack show, my impression was that they were there while they installed the new fencing and pool, but were designed so that guest could still watch the show while the construction was in progress. It appeared to be a very temporary solution to me


    Those mugs are great. Do you know if they are available online anywhere?

    • daveyjones

      ebay and laughing place. i’m not sure if you can call deliverears or not, since starbucks is a quasi-separate thing.

  • JiminyCricketFan

    Fantastic photos! Epcot is just a great park. My concern for the park is the long term. It feels very static and lifeless. Epcot needs an exciting new E ticket, not a knock off of a recent movie which replaces a ride. I really hope that Disney recognizes the jewel they have in this park and do not let it continue to grow stale and dated.

    • billyjobobb

      how about leaving the screaming rides for another park and adding a few new countries?

      • Co Foo

        If seeing France, Italy, China or Mexico wasn’t bringing people in then India or Brazil won’t either. After the top attractions are built the 2nd tier wouldn’t be too exciting.

      • Amy VandenBoogert

        An E ticket ride doesn’t have to be a thrill ride. Remember Pirates and Haunted Mansion are E Tickets. Spaceship Earth would be considered an E ticket as well (and Horizons, World of Motion and the original Journey Into Imagination) if ticket books still existed when EPCOT Center opened.

  • Erik Olson

    Fantastic report. I “missed” the lumberjack show and didn’t see those walls up (or those in Japan) when we were there last week. Epcot looked lovely, though I was thinking how nice it will be during the spring show. Wish I’d snapped up a few mugs while I was in the Parks – cool merchandise there.

  • WRDup

    Cory! Great pics. Are these shots hosted on flickr as well? What are you shooting with? Camera? Lens? Im leaving for WDW at the end of February and I’m trying to step up my game. What are your thoughts on the Sony A7II?

  • epcod

    The Epcot mugs were taken off the shelf, as they noticed that the monorail in the mug design was purple, or the one involved in the fatal monorail crash a few years back. No time frame has been given for when the updated version will be available. So at this time Epcot, does not have any Starbuck mugs available, until the new version is put onto the shelf.

  • Showoffca

    Location specific merchandise – imagine that! Now if someone besides $5bucks would do that in the parks as well. So much crap sold and so little unique quality.

  • WRDup

    I agree about location specific merchandise. I would love more of it. We basically stopped buying merch cause it was all generic. Hopefully the Starbucks mugs will prove a good lesson to the powers that be.

  • Big D

    The new lumberjack show sounds fun. I have no desire whatsoever to try Moroccan food, so I’ll pass on the Spice Road. The park looks great, but I wish they’d do a $1B DCA-style makeover for Future World so it doesn’t look so 1970’s. For Soarin, they should probably add two new theaters and bring it up to four show buildings while they are at it.

  • steve2wdw

    Just announced that the Epcot-Starbucks mug has been pulled from the shelves, due to the purple stripe on the monorail. Monorail Purple was the train involved in the accident a few years back, and the color purple was retired.

    • steve2wdw

      Missed the comment above mine….sorry for repeating the news.

  • bespinally

    And just like that we now have a holy grail collectible mug that is currently selling for $100-300!

    • billyjobobb

      Just looked on eBay. This morning it was a $25 mug. Now they’re selling for hundreds…. stupid people.

  • Darth Goofy

    The pictures came out nice, however this park is really starting to look stale and dated in the future world area.

  • Nitsud

    Wonders of Life and Universe of Energy need to be given to Star Wars.
    Imagination and the Land need to become Marvel attractions.
    All the buildings need to be torn down so Imagineers can come up with something truly special and not be limited by an old building’s design.

  • jcruise86

    Thanks for the excellent photos, Cory!

    I think the Starbucks Disneyland mug is the best looking of the six. (Photos of all 6 are linked on a thread in the Disneyland section.). Yesterday I went to the Starbucks in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney hoping they’s be sold there. Nope–only in the parks.

  • tooncity

    Turn Spaceship Earth into a Death Star. Tourist can shoot Planet destroying laser-beams at Harry Potter.

    This park is great place for Sleep Walking. Nothing new here folks, keep moving.

  • WorldLover71

    That is the bluest sky I have ever seen! What a beautiful day you picked to visit this week. Lucky you!

  • tcsnwhite

    Is it possible to offer the photos on Cory’s “Dateline Disneyworld” in the same full-size that the “Dateline Disneyland” column offers?

    So many great photos that are in such a small size when you click on them.

  • animatronic

    Beautiful Photos. We just booked a week in WDW for this summer and plan to spend 2 days and an evening at EPCOT because we only get back every few years (San Francisco is much closer to Disneyland). Epcot is my fav because of the use of animatronics (RIP Horizons) there and I think because I’ve always loved the envisioning of a better future. Interesting that you blogged about the mug before the “controversy” – kinda lame. We have premium dining – what are current best eats in Epcot?

  • danielz6

    Epcot is awesome, definitely the most unique of Disneys parks. I went for the first time last month and I can see how it must feel quite stale to repeat visitors. Space ship earth and mission space were awesome, beyond that future world is acres of wasted space imo. Soarin 2 should help but still lots of room left.
    World showcase is beautiful, but like I said not much to do on repeat visits. Unfortunately I never experienced the original Mexico ride or maelstrom, but I think thats the type of attractions world showcase needs. I don’t think those rides failed because they were bad attractions, but because they were left to wither. I can’t help but thinking if there was a Tokyo Disney level of maitaining and plussing those rides then they would be crowd pleasers even today. Unfortunately disney seems intent on turning epcot into Magic Kingdom 2.

  • BrerDan

    Beautiful photos! Looks like I have some new wallpaper!

    I’m actually looking forward to getting over to see the lumberjack show. I’ve actually seen such a show in Canada–it was at a tourist area (Grouse Mountain near Vancouver) and super cheesy–but it was also very, very fun. Before people write this one off, they should give it a try. Bear in mind, I do really like Flights of Wonder though–so maybe I just enjoy these kinds of shows.

    I have to begrudgingly admit that the park specific Starbucks mugs look really nice. I love park-specific items, and these are really classy looking. I’m still not a fan of Starbucks in the parks though.

    Thanks for the update!