Epcot Update: Guardians Coaster, SpectacuLAB, Festival of the Holidays, Choza de Margarita Open and More

We’re stopping in at Epcot to check on the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster construction along with a few new additions to the park. Work walls surround the now closed Universe of Energy as the site is prepared to become a Guardians of the Galaxy coaster attraction. Land is being cleared behind the site for a new large building that will house the indoor coaster. The existing structure will be used for queue, preshow, and ride load platform.

Holidays Around the World has been renamed to the Epcot Festival of the Holidays. Food booths are set up all around World Showcase for the event (see full menus here.) A brand new show has opened at Innoventions called SpectacuLAB. The show is 30-minutes long and features real scientists and science experiments. Choza de Margarita is now open and there’s a new Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Mexico Pavilion. Check out the video and photo report below and stay tuned for more theme park updates.

Photo Update

Welcome to Epcot during the holidays!

Universe of Energy replaced with Mouse Gear on this sign

Universe of Energy behind walls while being transformed into new Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster ride

View from the monorail of a drained fountain behind the walls

Currently land is being cleared behind the building for a new large show building to house the coaster. Original building will remain and be used for queue, preshow, load platform, and gift shop

Something new has opened at Innoventions!

SpectacuLAB has recently opened

It has taken over the former house of the future exhibit space

There are several showtimes daily, listed in Times Guide

The new show is about 30-minutes long

It features real scientists doing real science

There’s lots of audience participation for kids too

The show is across from Colortopia

Sum of All Thrills attraction remains behind walls

Epcot Festival of the Holidays is going on now

Tree of Nations featuring trinkets from all around the world

Holiday food booths can be found around World Showcase (see full list here)

Roasted Pork with Mashed Yuca from Feast of the Three Kings

Odyssey being used as the “Festive Center” for the event

Inside cartoons play offering a place for folks to relax

Event photo op

Holiday merchandise is available inside

Disney art also for sale inside

Passholder exclusive shirt

Passholder and other collectible festival pins

Food booth named Cookie Nook also inside the Festive Center

Some of the offerings available at the Cookie Nook

Choza de Margarita has finally opened after a prolonged construction

The area is neatly tucked away so the line isn’t in the main path

The stand offers mixed drinks and hand-made snacks

Lighting themed like natural gourds

Acan, God of Wine statues

Menu items

One last look at this new refreshment stand before moving on

New Dia de los Muertos exhibit inside the Mexico Pavilion

Impressive paper mache bridal couple called “Everlasting Love” as the centerpiece

Animal version of Everlasting Love

History of the holiday display

Skeletons used in toys display

Catrina display

Display on the art of Paper Picado

The art of Sugar Skulls

Information about the artists for the exhibit

All about Dia de Muertos

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