4 Changes Happening Right Now at Epcot

Though construction is well underway on Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Pandora – The World of Avatar is just about to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there really isn’t that much on the docket for Epcot, at least for right now. However, that doesn’t mean that there is nothing going on at this park. On the contrary, there are some very exciting developments happening now that fans of this park should definitely know about!

1. Festival of the Arts now confirmed to be returning in 2018

Earlier this year, Epcot kicked of the first-ever Festival of the Arts, which featured tons of interesting art displays, demonstrations, hands-on activities, specialty food kiosks and even Broadway performances. The lineup truly had something for everyone and unsurprisingly it proved to be quite a hit with park-goers, driving some serious attendance boosts in the early weeks of 2017.

With that in mind, it probably comes as little surprise that it has been confirmed that Disney is officially bringing the Festival of the Arts back for a second year in 2018.

Though no announcements have been made just yet about when this returning event might come back (and whether it will be expanded to weekdays), Disney has at least updated the official event page with confirmation of a 2018 event, which is definitely good news indeed for those that enjoyed this unique event.

Given that festival announcements are typically made around six months in advance, we’d expect an update later this summer regarding what we might expect from next year’s Festival of the Arts, so stay tuned for more on this returning event later this year.

2. Epcot begins getting ready for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Epcot Flower and Garden

Though it may seem like the aforementioned Epcot Festival of the Arts just ended, we’re now less than a week away from the kickoff of the 2017 edition of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! And preparations are now underway for what will be the biggest iteration yet of this longtime event yet.

Guests who take a stroll around Epcot in the next few days can now see many of the 70 total topiaries going up all over the park, and kiosks that were being used for the Festival of the Arts just last week are now being converted into 15 “Outdoor Kitchens” 13 of which are returning from previous years, with Northern Bloom and The Berry Basket making their debut in just a few days.

This year’s 24th edition of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will kick off next week on March 1st, and run all the way through May 20, 2017. During the festival’s 90 days, guests will be able to enjoy an expanded demonstrations lineup, special “family friendly” weekend events, and even an expanded four-day-a-week Garden Rocks concert lineup, which includes a dining package option for the first time ever.

3. Choza Tequila watering hole to open soon at the Mexico Pavilion

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Announced in early January, Choza Tequila, which is a new dining spot being billed as “an authentic outdoor tequileria” will be opening in the very near future as the finishing touches on this new watering hole are completed. While Disney has yet to formally announce an opening date, when this quick stop opens in just a few weeks, guests will be able to order hand-crafted margaritas as well as classic Mexican cuisine like tacos, empanadas, chips and fresh guacamole.

4. Reservations now available for Bon Voyage character breakfast

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Though not technically inside Epcot, the nearby Trattoria al Forno restaurant at the BoardWalk Resort just outside Epcot’s International Gateway has begun accepting reservations for the new character dining experience announced earlier this year that will feature royal Disney characters Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Ariel and Prince Eric. Named the Bon Voyage Breakfast, this new dining experience at Trattoria al Forno will kick off on April 2, and costs $34 for adults, and $20 for children. Breakfast will be available from 7:30am to 11:00 AM, and will include the following menu items: 

Appetizer:  Choice of a mixed berry parfait or fresh fruit salad and a frying pan of pastries featuring braided breakfast bread and clam shell pastries.

Entree choices:

  • “Shipwreck al Forno”Calzone with scrambled Eggs, Soppressata, Bacon, Sausage, Blend of Cheeses and Sunday Gravy
  • “Golden Frittata” Prosciutto di Parma, Piquillo Peppers, Green Onion, Pecorino Romano and Roasted Potatoes
  • “Tangled Eggs” Tomato & Basil Scrambled Eggs, Fresh Mozzarella, Sunday Gravy and Roasted Potatoes
  • “Two Eggs Poached Under Water” House-made Fennel sausage, Parmesan, and Sunday Gravy over Golden Polenta and Toasted Ciabatta
  • “Tower of Pancakes” Seasonal Buttermilk Pancakes with Bacon or Sausage
  • “Royal Breakfast” Oak-Grilled Steak, Cheesy Egg Torte, Asparagus, Crispy Onions and Roasted Potatoes
  • “Swimmers di ‘light’” Smoked Salmon Egg White Omelet with Spinach, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Roasted potatoes

Kids menu: Choice of Mickey Pancakes, Mickey Waffles, or a “Little Royal Breakfast,” which will feature an egg, bacon and toast.

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As of right now reservations can be made online or via phone through the end of the current dining reservation window, suggesting that the Bon Voyage Breakfast is indeed going to be a permanent dining option for guests wanting a new character dining experience that features princesses, but isn’t as expensive as other nearby options like Akershus or 1900 Park Fare. However, what remains to be seen is whether this character dining experience will only feature the two couples listed above, or whether some “surprise” rotating characters could make an appearance here as well.  

Though it doesn’t look like Epcot won’t be getting any new attractions any time soon, there are still some interesting things happening in and around this park, as Disney continues to focus on growing character experiences and festivals. Will you be visiting Epcot in the near future? What do you think about these changes?  

Originally in Theme Park Tourist By , Friday, February 24, 2017 06:34

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