FIRST LOOK: Connections Café & Eatery Has Soft Opened in EPCOT

We were strolling through EPCOT recently when we got quite the surprise!

Connections Cafe

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the construction of Connections Café and Eatery as the work on the spot seemed to begin wrapping up. Then, with the closure of the EPCOT Starbucks location, we expected this spot could open its doors at any time. Well, that time has come, folks! Connections Café and Eatery has soft opened!

Construction walls and barriers were down around the new restaurant as the Café opened up, with the Eatery following a few hours later.

Connections Café (Starbucks Portion)

As the new Starbucks location for the park, Connections Café is sure to be a popular spot.

Connections Cafe

The windows let in a lot of light to help brighten the white and wood tones of the spot’s interior.

Connections Cafe

There are also massive glass sculptures along the window featuring the EPCOT logo in vibrant colors.

Connections Cafe

You order at a sleek counter with the menus posted on the boards above and there is a semi-open kitchen that will likely be in use for the eatery.

Connections Cafe

There’s a huge mural along one wall of Connections Cafe, and it represents “connection” (hence the restaurant name!). It’s entitled “Global Gathering,” and it features people coming together to eat from all around the world. The scenes also change from sunrise to sunset along the mural!


You might want to stop and look for hidden Mickeys in the mural, which we spotted in several different scenes! You might want to look closely at the cactus in this scene…

See any??

…or the serving plate here!

Check the serving plate!

If you follow the mural all the way down the wall, it leads to the restrooms.


The restrooms feature some grey tiling details…

Restroom entrance

…as well as white square titles and some sage green accents.


The sinks are available on different levels and they’re set up as troughs with separate faucets.


Need to check your fit? There’s a circular mirror near the exit/entrance.


And there are two changing tables available, with different sizes for toddlers and infants.

Changing Table

Seating is available by the windows in the form of booth and table seating.

Connections Cafe

And there is more unique seating with rounded booths and stools in the open areas. One seating area has blue armchairs around a glass EPCOT table.

Connections Cafe

Much of the seating is equipped with outlets!

Connections Cafe

The sunken floors feature a design calling back to the history of EPCOT and the wait for coffee weaves through this area.

Connections Cafe

Very unique light fixtures hang from the ceiling adding to the EPCOT aesthetic and the shop is decorated with shelves that feature caféware from different cultures around the world!

As for the menu, it’s a standard Starbucks…

Connections Cafe

…but they did have the new Liege Waffle available!

Connections Cafe

Connections Eatery

The Eatery portion has soft-opened as well! You can glimpse the incredibly detailed mural that wraps around the restaurant.

There was plenty of seating throughout the restaurant, which features a menu of eats including burgers, pizzas, salads, and more.

Connections Cafe & Eatery

To get your food, you can place a mobile order. Ours was ready promptly after ordering, and we were able to pick it up to grab a nearby table.

Connections Cafe & Eatery

For the menu, you can order a variety of burgers and chicken sandwiches, including the French Bistro BurgerSouthwestern BurgerBanh Mi BurgerAmerican Classic BurgerHand-breaded Chicken Sandwich, and Mediterranean Burger.

Connections Cafe & Eatery Menu

You can also pick up a variety of pizzas including a Meatball PizzaFive-Cheese Pizza, and Pepperoni Pizza.

Connections Cafe & Eatery Menu

There’s also a plant-based option, the Curry Spice Pizza, with tikka masala, carrot, potato, peas, tomato, plant-based mozzarella, lime “yogurt”, served with a Mediterranean Side Salad.

Connections Cafe & Eatery Menu

For salads, you can get the General Tso Chicken Salad, as well as the Nicoise-style Salad.

Connections Cafe & Eatery Menu

Side offerings include Coleslaw, french fries, Mediterranean side salad, and Cuties mandarin. 

Connections Cafe & Eatery Menu

Kids can grab a Cheesebruger, Grilled Chicken Bao, Chicken Strips, or a Five-Cheese Pizza.

Connections Cafe & Eatery Menu

For dessert, you have a few options! There’s the Liege Waffle with brioche dough, pearl sugar, strawberries, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. Or you can grab an Apple Pie Gelato Shake, or Mango-Coconut Milk Shake.

Connections Cafe & Eatery Menu

For drinks, you have your regular beverage assortment…

Connections Cafe & Eatery Menu

…or you can grab a variety of beers, wine, or a speciality cocktail!

Connections Cafe & Eatery Menu

We picked up a few things to try, including the Meatball Pizza, which is made up of beef and pork meatballs, San Marzano tomato and basil sauce, and a cheese blend. This one comes served with a Mediterranean Side Salad for $10.99.

Look at that deliciousness

We also got some burgers, starting with the French Bistro Burger for $12.99. This delicious bite is made with a gourmet beef blend topped with caramelized onions, bacon, brie, mushrooms, dijon mayonnaise, and served on a toasted brioche bun (plus served with a side of fries!).

French Onion Burger

The other burger we got was the Southwestern Burger. This has a gourmet beef blend and is topped with roasted corn-chipotle salsa, Oaxaca cheese crema, chamoy, and guacamole spread all on a toasted brioche bun (this one was also served with a side of fries!).

Southwestern Burger

We just had to grab that Hand-breaded Chicken Sandwich as well! This chicken sandwich comes with house-made pickles, signature sauce, a toasted brioche bun, and a side of Coleslaw for $11.99.

Chicken Sandwich

After having a plain Liege Waffle at Connections Café in the morning, we took things up a notch with this Liege Waffle, which is made with brioche dough and topped with pearl sugar, strawberries, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce.

Also for dessert, you can get the Apple Pie Gelato Shake and Mango-Coconut Milk Shake.

We got the two specialty drinks here as well — first was the Cucumber and Thai Basil Cooler. This is an alcoholic drink made up of Hendrick’s Gin, Cucumber, Cane Sugar, Lemon, Thai Basil, and Ginger Bitters for $14.

Cucumber and Thai Basil Cooler

The other specialty drink is non-alcoholic — it’s the Watermelon-Mint Agua Fresca for $4.99. These are both super refreshing options that aren’t too sweet!

This will cool ya down!

All in all, if you’ve missed having your fill of burgers and chicken fingers since Electric Umbrella closed in EPCOT, Connections Café and Eatery will give you that plus more as a replacement.

Food at Connections Café and Eatery

While it has soft opened, Connections Café and Eatery will have its grand opening on Wednesday, April 27th, so stay tuned for even more from the newest spot to grab a bit in EPCOT!

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