Beginning today August 1, Mobile Order, the service which allows guests the convenience of ordering and paying for meals on-the-go within the My Disney Experience App, is available at Electric Umbrella in Epcot.
In case you aren’t familiar, Mobile Order offers a huge convenience to park guests. Using the app, guests can select menu items, customize their order and pre-pay for their meal. When they arrive at the restaurant they can tap the “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the meal. When ready, guests will be alerted through the app to pick up their meal at a designated window.
Liberty Inn, located at the American Adventure Pavilion in World Showcase, is also slated to receive Mobile Order on August 7. The service has already debuted at many Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom restaurants as well as D-Luxe Burger in Disney Springs.
Please note Mobile Orders can only accept credit cards for payment right now and not the Disney Dining Plan. Also, the service is not currently able to offer Annual Passholder or Tables in Wonderland discounts. These discounts can only be applied at the counter.
October 1 marks a special occasion at Epcot this year because the theme park will celebrate its 35th Anniversary at Walt Disney World Resort. To commemorate this special occasion, the Disney Parks Merchandise team will release a retro-inspired merchandise collection that “captures the essence of a spirited phrase from Epcot’s beginnings”
Eric Caszatt, Creative Manager with the Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media Creative Group, has shared his insights about how research played an important role when designing artwork for this collection.
“Many of the artists on my team are long-time Epcot fans,” explained Eric. “We wanted the art to have a distinct vintage feeling, and take its cues from artwork, logos, signage, and in-park graphics found in the early 1980s. We also referenced actual merchandise released during the first few years of operation. Many products then did not incorporate Disney characters into the artwork with the exception of Figment from the Journey Into Imagination attraction. I’m excited to see several products being released this fall can trace their heritage back to those original items.”
One of the art team’s most noticeable nods to original Epcot is their use of five colors – purple, pink, red, orange, and gold. These colors were prominently featured on a variety of opening year products, from license plates to coffee mugs to jewelry boxes (you can see some of those items in this article). The anniversary artwork has the same colors with more muted tones, further enhancing the vintage look of items.
Eric said some products may include “EPCOT Center” in their designs. The art team used the theme park’s original name when a new item was directly inspired by an original merchandise product such as the youth and women’s “35” T-shirts, or the long sleeve shirt with Spaceship Earth graphic.
Fans of Figment will be delighted to find several items with the loveable purple dragon. Look for a simulated leather backpack, a wristlet, a logo pin, and apparel.
Other products have incorporated the EPCOT Center logo that “symbolizes unity, fellowship and harmony around the world.” Guests will also find original Future World pavilion logos on select products such as a baseball cap or a mystery pin set.
The Epcot 35th Anniversary collection will be released in late September in select locations throughout Epcot. Guests may also find select items via the Shop Disney Parks app once released.
Those of you who have missed Mission: Space since the attraction closed in June for refurbishment, will be excited to hear it is go for launch on August 13, 2017!
When Mission: Space reopens, it will debut a brand new experience and an enhanced version of the “classic” Mission: SPACE.
- If you think you’ve got “the right stuff,” take on the Orange Mission for a truly intense experience that lets you feel the force of an actual space launch en route to Mars. On this mission, you’ll dodge meteoroids, slingshot around the moon and attempt a precision landing on the Red Planet’s alien surface. This “mission” has been enhanced with new, HD video to make it even clearer.
- Or, embark on the more family-friendly Green Mission – a new mission that takes you on an exciting orbit around Earth. On this amazing new adventure, you’ll take in sites like the Hawaiian Islands, Italy’s “boot” and the Northern Lights—as seen from space, of course—before finally landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. No matter which mission you choose, it’ll be a journey that’s totally out of this world.
In addition to all the “mission” updates, our partners at Walt Disney Imagineering have also made this attraction MORE family-friendly. Younger astronauts can now ride – the height restriction will be changed for the Green Mission side with the addition of new X-2 booster seats allowing children 40-44” to ride.
Stay tuned for more details!
Actors, Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam recently visited Walt Disney World Resort with their two girls during summer break.
While visiting Epcot, the two posed with their favorite character…Goofy!
Both actors recently wrapped up their Broadway debuts, with Cobie appearing in “Present Laughter” and Taran in “Hamilton.”