Epcot Odds & Ends
September 20, 2012
In a couple of visits to Epcot last weekend I came upon a few interesting things, so let’s get started on this construction wall heavy version of Odds & Ends!
Let’s start in the front of the park…
A castmember confirmed that they were installing the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) readers for entry. With a lot of the resorts now using the RFID key entry to rooms, I’m guessing that those staying at same resorts will now be able to use the entry readers if their park tickets are tied to their Key to the World card, and Epcot looks to be the first real roll-out of this technology.
Let’s just hope they get these finished before the Food & Wine Festival starts, and the system works well, or it could be a huge nightmare when the weekend crowds want to get to their Food & Wine goodness in an expeditious manner!
As noted in “I get a little bit tingly…“, most of the Food & Wine booths are in place around the World Showcase.
But yes, Dear Dedicated Readers, there are more construction walls to try and peer over or through…
For a while there has been a wall up between the Refreshment Port and the Canada pavilion…
now we see that a Disney Vacation Club structure has popped up…
This is obviously larger and more elaborate than the typical DVC kiosk and the construction that you can see seems to make it fit in with the themeing around the Canada pavilion. I’m actually kinda looking forward to seeing the rest of it (and wondering if it’s a permanent addition or something we’ll see just during Food & Wine).
Around a bend or two and over the bridge France is also sporting some construction wall fun.
Located on the waterway near the International Gateway, this has been reported by WDWMagic as a new character meet-and-greet area.
While there’s not much to see right now…
the space is good-sized, so it will be interesting to see if this area is only devoted to Princess Aurora (whose current meet-and-greet is right beside this space), or if any of the other French characters (Belle, Beast and currently Marie the cat) will make appearances there as well.
On the snack food front, the now ubiquitous Agent P again rears his popular beak…
to adorn a Sugar-Cookie-on-a-Stick.
The popular and long-running musical act seems to get moved around a lot – this site is mostly shaded (for the performers at least) and out of the big flow of traffic (which will get even more crowded and constricted during the Food & Wine Festival). It’s a good move from my view.
So that’s pretty much it for this quick look at some doings at Epcot… there will be lots more going on there soon!
I have some food goodness to try & get to you soon, so please stay tuned – now it’s time to get back to the kitchen!