Even though the International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot is in full bloom and guests are packing the park to enjoy this springtime festival, we recently noticed a number of quiet changes happening here that some fans may not have immediately noticed, including a few that recent guests at this park may have just walked on by! While none of these changes will likely affect your next visit, they are interesting nonetheless, and in some cases point towards some future developments coming soon to this park!
1. Siemens sponsorship signage is going away outside Spaceship Earth
Though the Walt Disney World and Siemens sponsorship ended last year, the signage from this former patrnership still featured prominently around the Spaceship Earth attraction. However, it looks like Disney has started removing Siemens logos from the signage on the exterior of the Spaceship Earth and Project Tomorrow building.
Of course, even though the outside logos are in the process of being removed, at least some Siemens branding is likely going to remain for some time in the ride itself until this attraction gets a refurbishment (or a new sponsor) but at least for now, it looks like Disney is taking the first real steps (beyond closing the lounge) towards getting rid of the more obvious evidence of this past sponsorship.
2. Club 33 "doorbell" appears outside The American Adventure
Though not officially announced, it has been rumored for quite a long time that Epcot's Club 33 would be coming to the American Adventure pavilion, and now that has seemingly been confirmed, as a small doorbell as well as a MagicBand reader have been spotten right next to the entrance to the former Chase Lounge. Guests can even put their MagicBands up to the reader and hear a noise play while lights flash (as you can see in the video here), which almost certainly means that Disney is about ready to officially open the Epcot location of Club 33.
As announced previously, guests who want to join this exclusive club will need to pay an upfront fee of $25,000 when they sign their membership contract, and then will need to pay dues of $10,000 per year after that as long as they want to keep their membership with Club 33 in good standing. As of right now, only Golden Oak residents can purchase Club 33 membership, but that is expected to change very soon as Disney opens this up to other interested parties. You can read more about all of the "perks" that come with this ultimate upcharge here.