It’s time to check in at our favorite place in the world for drinking, eating and seeing little purple dragons, Epcot! The Flower and Garden Festival has ended and temporary work walls are everywhere while the gardens, topiaries and booths are removed around the park. Rumors are swirling around a possible replacement for Universe of Energy as new permits have been filed for drainage work behind and around the pavilion. My money’s still on a new indoor/outdoor coaster, but I have my doubts that it will involve the Marvel property Guardians of the Galaxy. And speaking of the Guardians, there has been merchandise available at Epcot featuring the lovable saviors of the universe for months, which has only added fuel to the rumors.
Mission: SPACE will be closed for refurbishment until late July. I believe this is being rushed through so they can close Energy shortly after and not have too many rides down simultaneously. Rumors say the green side (no spinning) will be getting its own ride film, but no official announcements have been made. It’s possible this down time is only for general maintenance, but we’ll have to wait and see. Choza de Margarita, the new outdoor margarita stand in Mexico looks like it’s really close to opening! We got a good look at the details of the new booth this update. And finally, the main store in Japan has reopened its front half which was recently remodeled, expanded and had new merchandise added. Watch the video and see the photo report below for complete details and more information on all of these projects!
No more Flower and Garden Festival for the year
Figment topiary made it through two festivals but has finally been removed
Some topiaries are still up, but will be removed over the next few days
Festival blooms have been dug up and area is being re-sodded
Parks and gardens being dismantled and removed
Lots of areas in Epcot covered in temporary work walls
Butterfly garden being removed behind walls
Moving on into The Land pavilion
Circle of Life show temporarily closed for refurbishment
No word on how long it will be closed and if any changes will be made
Moving on to Future World East, walls up while gardens being removed
At least these walls have foliage in front so they look better
Permits have been filed for drainage work behind and around Universe of Energy
Rumors have been flying around that this attraction will close by the end of Summer/Fall
We know for sure that back of house will be extended behind the building and drainage ponds will be rerouted closer to the parking lot
Rumors say an indoor/outdoor coaster is coming
And some parts of a coaster may even be seen in this skyline someday, maybe
Mission: SPACE will be closed for refurbishment until late July
Rumors say it will be mostly a maintenance and general refresh, but also Green side might get its own ride film, differentiating it from the Orange more intense version
Adding fuel to rumors that Guardians of the Galaxy are coming to Epcot, Guardians merchandise has been available at the Mission: SPACE gift shop for awhile now
Currently most of the items are based around the new sequel in theaters
Star-Lord kids costume
Dancing baby Groot doll
Love this Groot journal!
Display looks great
Time to check in on Choza de Margarita construction in Mexico
Still no word on when this new Margarita stand will open
Alicia has been visiting theme parks since the age of 3, has an incredible knack for memorizing park maps, loves theme park renovations and cannot wait to ride something new. She can often be found taking video of construction sites and riding roller coasters!