We went to Epcot on Thursday, a couple of days before the busy Labor Day weekend. I’ve already posted a full update of the France expansion. I do have some photos of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Play! Pavilion work, some Epcot Food & Wine Festival merchandise photos, general atmosphere and nighttime pictures. It was a VERY hot day with the temperature hitting 90 and the weather app still showed 97 degrees at 7:00pm.
The entrance wasn’t busy. I always love seeing the pink blossoms.
We didn’t ride Spaceship Earth but it was a walk-on as it often is now.
The Gateway Gifts sign.
Here are a few photos of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind work.
Umbrellas were really needed on this day.
And a lot of work was going on at the Play! Pavilion.
We went straight to the Disney Skyliner for a ride to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort for lunch (we wore masks for about 8 hours that day except for lunch).
My France construction update is here.
While on the Disney Skyliner, this is a view of the Play Pavilion.
Back at Epcot, we could see the Aerophile balloon beyond the China pavilion.
We stopped by the United Kingdom.
There are cookies in a Christmas tin now available.
And Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai tea.
The Frozen Promenade was passing by, with Elsa on foot as always.
Anna was in the carriage.
We have posted about the entertainment around Walt Disney World. The mini-cavalcades/motorcades are a nice touch during this time frame.
More Disney royalty passed by soon after.
Belle waves to guests.
Jasmine turned around, and Snow White is behind her.
There is quite a bit of new merchandise for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, I photographed some of it as we walked around. The items include drink glasses for Passholders with Disney characters on them, including Remy and Figment.
This is the Remy glass.
World Showcase was actually busy-ish (compared to other days we’ve been here), though it is often easy to find pockets of emptiness.
I hadn’t seen this ornament before, with Mickey in a Venetian gondola at the Italy pavilion.
There are no drink pours at the shops right now, but you can pick up bottles of wine and also Limoncello here.
A Friendship Boat was out on World Showcase Lagoon.
The sun was starting to set at this time.
World Traveler at the International Gateway has windows celebrating the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Minnie Mouse is dressed as a chef in the center photo, and is alongside some of the merchandise.
The windows flanking her are dressed for the event as well.
We picked up a frozen Mezzo Mix in Germany for $4.75.
It was welcome with temperatures so high.
Mozart pumpkin spice chocolate liqueur was for sale. It sounds really good.
Here are some of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival items. Figment and Remy are on quite a few pieces of merchandise, including these coasters.
There is a Minnie Mouse bowl.
Some Dooney & Bourke handbags had just arrived to Mouse Gear.
There are at least two Tervis tumblers. This one has Figment on it.
World Showcase was picking up even more toward the later afternoon.
A Brews Around he World growler mentions the 25 years of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
There is a Taste Your Way Around the World mug.
“Wonderful Time for a Beer” hat.
Brews Around the World shirt.
Remy salt or pepper shaker.
Halloween merchandise can be found in a few locations.
I like the Remy gift card.
Victoria Gardens in Canada is one of my favorite areas in World Showcase.
Rabbits were grazing in the grass.
We went to Impressions de France, which plays toward the end of each evening. It is still one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World.
In Les Halles Boulangerie, there is a three pack of macarons that is supposed to be available only for a limited time. We picked one up for the next day (the macarons here are wonderful, as is everything).
The menu board does list them.
If you buy either set of macarons (the regular six or these three), they are nicely packaged – this one even more so.
In the shop, there was a Mickey and Minnie ornament.
We took some photos around World Showcase as we left. Epcot will be closing at 7pm starting September 8th, but it was still open until 9:00pm.
Looking toward Spaceship Earth.
These are iPhone photos as we walked around World Showcase. With no fireworks, most guests empty out fairly quickly though some may still be dining.
Passing by America.
Germany is one of the prettiest countries after dark.
The Christmas shop, Die Weihnachts Ecke is open all day but had just closed for the night. Some Germany shops are not yet reopened, which is the same with many other shops in World Showcase.
Christmas trees and merchandise can be seen in the window.
A health and safety reminder with hand sanitizer can be seen as well.
Christmas trees look really pretty in the windows across the way at Der Teddybar, which is still closed.
I don’t remember these Germany t-shirts, I look forward to Der Teddybar opening again.
There was a nice moon over China.
A bit of Norway.
Signage for the Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
We went to Pin Traders a couple weeks ago to pick up a pin for a friend just after 9:30pm, I am not sure if this is the latest store open in the park.
And in the parking lot.
It was nice to get one more evening at Epcot before the earlier closing time. But soon enough, the sun will set before 7pm and we will get nights at Epcot again. Our next park visit planned is the Magic Kingdom on Tuesday and we will be at Disney Springs for brunch at City Works on Labor Day.