Epcot: What’s Open, Closed & Coming? Does Genie+ Offer Value? And Highlights of the International Flower & Garden Festival

Epcot: What’s Open, Closed & Coming? Does Genie+ Offer Value? And Highlights of the International Flower & Garden Festival

It’s Spring at Epcot and that means the International Flower & Garden Festival is well underway. We’ll bring you our three favorite gardens, topiaries and culinary kiosks. But then there’s much more as we look at whether you get the bang for your buck with Genie+. Is this park worth it? What about getting an exclusive Lightning Lane option for Ratatouille? Can you do this? Or is there another way to get in without the long wait? We then move beyond Genie+ to discuss what’s come back to Epcot, what’s still not present in Epcot, and importantly, the status of attractions promised to the park–are they coming or are they not? Finally, we’ll end with Epcot’s best lunchtime secret. Something I had no idea of! So stay tuned.

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Favorite Topiary

  • Three Caballeros
  • Tinker Bell’s Fairy House Garden
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Favorite Gardens

  • Bambi & Friends Butterfly Garden
  • Japan’s Bonsai Collection and Kokedema Garden
  • Italy’s Garden Italiano
Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Favorite Dishes & Kiosks

  • La Isla Fresca Between Morocco and France: Arepas and Coconut Tres Leches
  • Hanami in Japan: Frushi
  • Epcot Sunshine Griddle Near Test Track: Avocado Toast, Corned beef Brisket Hash, and Fried Cinnamon Roll Bites
Delicacies from the Sunshine Griddle


  • Not Enough Offerings Behind Genie+
  • Should Genie+ Have Different Per Park Pricing
  • Ratatouille No Crowds
Photo by Disney.

Open, Closed, and Coming Soon?


  • Spaceship Earth Post-Show Activities
  • Vanellope but not Ralph
  • Joy is back Inside Imagination
  • Anna & Elsa in Royal Sommerhus

Still Closed

  • Askershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Monsieur Paul
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • Takumi-Tei
  • Brass Bazaar, Casablanca Carpets, Marketplace in the Medina, Tangier Traders, and Souk-al-Magreb
  • Der Teddybar
  • The Toy Soldier & Sportsman’s Shoppe
  • The Epcot Experience–What’s Next?
Zac Riddley posted details from the new Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout attraction.

Coming Soon?

  • Connections
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • China Film
  • Mary Poppins
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Play Pavilion
New rendering has surfaced suggesting a new scene for Spaceship Earth–if it ever happens.
This new berm put in front of the Play pavilion is very confusing, and unnerving. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Epcot’s Best Lunchtime Secret

Typically I would never recommend La Cantina de San Angel. But combined with dining inside La Hacienda de San Angel, you have my interests. This is a beautiful space where you can take your counter service items and enjoy quiet, air-conditioned dining with beautiful views. It’s usually open from 11:00-1:30 each day, and it’s approached from the left after you visit the counter to pick up your food.

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