1923 Main Street: The Disney Travel Podcast

EPCOT turns 40 and Disney has food and swag to mark yet another anniversary. Plus, Disneyland is finally getting MagicBand+. So what's different from Walt Disney World's version and is it worth getting?

Show Notes

EPCOT Turns 40 on October 1, 2022

EPCOT wasn't always a park that was slated for success. A quick look back at the creation of Disney's first park not modelled after a Magic Kingdom.


EPCOT 40th Anniversary Merchandise Revealed

The new EPCOT 40th Anniversary Collection is available for purchase as of October 1, 2022, with additional items arriving throughout the month. The collection features retro and nostalgic designs that offer a wide variety of merchandise for the entire family. 

Initial reactions among fans have been mixed. This commemorative merchandise will be available at Creations Shop in EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Select items will also be available on shopDisney.com.


Foodie Guide to EPCOT 40th Anniversary Celebrations

From the very beginning, EPCOT has always had a food component through World Showcase.
So it's only fitting that there's a foodie guide to accompany EPCOT 40th Anniversary Celebrations (including our top picks).

Connections Café (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) 
  • EPCOT 40th Liege Waffle: Brioche dough with pearl sugar  > Amelia's Pick
Chozo de Margarita (Available beginning Sept. 30 while supplies last) 
  • 40th Fiesta: Frozen margarita in a “MEXICO 40” souvenir cup
Funnel Cake (Available Oct. 1 and 2) 
  • Celebration Funnel Cake with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles, and 40th candies > Amelia's Pick
Garden House (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) 
  • Sake Cocktail Flight featuring Samurai, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo Sunset, and Violet Sake  > Mike's Pick
La Hacienda de San Angel and San Angel Inn (Available beginning Sept. 30 while supplies last)
  • Flan: Vanilla custard topped with blueberries, whipped cream, and a “MEXICO 40” white chocolate garnish
  • Clarified Margarita: Tequila, orange liqueur, lemon, simple syrup,“MEXICO 40” cup & glow cube
Nine Dragons Restaurant (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) 
  • Dan Dan Noodles: Spicy pork, Sichuan sauce, peanut butter, sesame, cucumber, and green onion 
Space 220 Restaurant (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) 
  • Crema Catalana: Vanilla cream custard, lemon snow, citrus segments, and spicy ginger crumble  > Mike's Pick
Sunshine Seasons (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3; Mobile order available)
  • Figment Sponge Cake with honey-lime mousse
Teppan Edo (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) 
  • EPCOT 40th Saketini: The saketini was on the menu when the Japan Pavilion first opened. This version combines sake and butterfly pea flower to recreate the night sky of EPCOT
Tokyo Dining (Available Sept. 29 through Oct. 3) 
  • EPCOT 40th Kaisen Chirashi Don: Celebration sushi bowl
  • EPCOT 40th Saketini: The saketini was on the menu when the Japan Pavilion first opened. This combines sake and butterfly pea flower to create a color reminiscent of the EPCOT night sky

MagicBand+ Coming to Disneyland Resort this Fall

While MagicBand+ offers very little in terms of innovative new experiences, Disney fans have still been snapping them up to try them out at Walt Disney World.

With MagicBand+ launching soon at Disneyland, will there be anything different or better in terms of features and experiences? The answer is, unfortunately, no. Here's what you can expect once MagicBand+ launches at Disneyland.

At launch, you'll be able to connect your MagicBand+ to theme park tickets or a Magic Key pass in the Disneyland and use it for Lightning Lane entrances. Disney PhotoPass photographers will also accept a tap of your band to link photos to your Disney account. All pretty basic and standard MagicBand functionality.

MagicBand+ will also offer its glow-with-the-show capability at Disneyland. Again, nothing special.

The Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters interactive quest has vibrations and lights from MagicBand+. This feature has, in our opinion, ruined the landscape of Galaxy's Edge by inserting very non-immersive screens throughout the land. Plus, users have encountered problems with this activity, particularly in terms of rapidly draining the MagicBand+ battery (rendering it useless as far as completing the mission).

Should you buy a MagicBand+ at Disneyland? The basic functionality of a MagicBand is good, but the enhancements are nothing special at all and not worth it in our opinion.


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Creators & Guests

Amelia Belobradic
Amelia Belobradic is co-host of 1923 Main Street: The Disney Travel News Podcast.
Mike Belobradic
Mike Belobradic is the creator and co-host of the Disney Travel News Podcast at 1923MainStreet.com and a longtime expert on Disney travel.

What is 1923 Main Street: The Disney Travel Podcast?

1923 Main Street® is an award-winning* Disney travel podcast hosted by the father daughter team of Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic. This is your source for the latest Disney travel news and what it all means for you.

Join Mike and Amelia for fun-filled informative discussions as they share the latest Disney travel news every week. Get the latest news for travel to Disney destinations, including Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club properties (including Disney Aulani in Hawaii and Disney's Vero Beach Resort in Florida), Disneyland Paris and more.

In each episode, Mike and Amelia discuss the very latest Disney travel news from resort hotels, to Disney dining, VIP experiences, special events, theme parks and more. Mike has over 50 years and 100+ weeks of onsite Disney travel experience, while Amelia brings a younger perspective to the table with 11+ years and well over 30 weeks of onsite Disney travel experiences at the age of 14.

*1923 Main Street: The Disney Travel Podcast won the Canadian Podcast Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Series in 2022 and has been nominated for Best Podcast Awards at the People's Choice Podcast Awards and the Canadian Podcast Awards.