You’ll find the familiar Refreshment Outpost, now with new signage, in the usual place in between the China and Germany Pavilions. The face painting station is located to the right.
The Outpost primarily serves beer and snacks.
Erin would call your attention to the deliciously-creamy and slightly-fruity Brown Elephant, which is a mixture of Frozen Coca-Cola and Amarula Liqueur. At $11.25, it’s probably $2 overpriced, but it’s an incredibly refreshing drink. Amarula is somewhat unique in that the base is actually made from the distillation of the fruit from the marula tree rather than from a whiskey or brandy. The liqueur is a staple at Animal Kingdom Lodge and the number one reason to stay Club Level there.
Next to the Outpost is a little play area for the kids.
They have an opportunity to do a little drumming along with all of the drunks if you happen to be visiting Epcot on a Saturday afternoon.
The Coca-Cola ice chest actually functions as a mister, which is kind of cool.
The Outpost area has a little bit of an African vibe.
Topiary characters from The Lion King call it home during the Flower and Garden Festival.
Mdundo Kibanda is the permanent home of hand-carved wood art:
An artist is typically present, carving wood and answering any questions that you might have. To the right is currently a kiosk selling bath products. I liked the beads you could buy that were made out of recycled Walt Disney World theme park maps a little more.
Indiana Jones merchandise is also offered.
During Flower and Garden, a couple of popup kiosks open. This one offers colorful yard art.
This one is predominantly bonsai trees and other plants.
They advertise “free shipping to the front of the Park,” which is kind of funny. I’ve always wanted to pick up a little tree, but there’s no way that I wouldn’t accidentally cut the whole thing down within a week. But they aren’t as expensive as you might think. A nice one looked to cost around $35.
The official Flower and Garden print.
A lot of the Epcot 35th anniversary World Showcase merchandise is still available:
Epcot is also gearing up for the World Cup, which begins next month:
Disney hasn’t announced whether we’ll see anything special for the World Cup this year. Back in 2014, when the United States was a participant and the event was held in Brazil, the Odyssey Building was set up to host viewing parties. The U.S. was eliminated from the World Cup back in October and Fox Sports carries the television rights to this year’s Cup, so my estimation is that we won’t see much about it other than some merchandise.
Otherwise, the Outpost is worth a stop for a quick drink if you feel like you’ll perish otherwise. $5.50 is about as inexpensive as beer gets at Walt Disney World, even if it’s in the form of a 12-ounce Bud Light. The Old Elephant Foot IPA actually tastes like feet, so you might skip that in favor of the Safari Amber or Yuengling.
Germany is next.