Don’t you just LOVE spring at EPCOT?!
We do too! There’s SO much to see and do, and of course, there’s so much that’s NEW!
EPCOT Crowd Updates
The end of March is RIGHT in the middle of spring break, so we were expecting HUGE crowds, but we couldn’t help but notice there were VERY FEW people!
There was no line to get inside the Mexico pavilion…
…and no lines inside either!
Shortly after noon, Regal Eagle Smokehouse was basically EMPTY!
We did spot some people in the France pavilion, but this was WAY less crowded that we had seen the park in a long time. And this was supposedly on a SOLD OUT day at EPCOT!
Crowds at Disney World even at capacity can fluctuate, however. The VERY next day when we went back to EPCOT, we saw more “normal” crowds for this time.
We saw wait times for Spaceship Earth at 45 minutes…
…Test Track at 75 minutes…
…and Soarin’ at 60 minutes!
But, still, this is WAY different than we expected from a sold out Disney World!
EPCOT Attractions Update
Speaking of Soarin’…this fan-favorite Future World attraction took us to an UNEXPECTED place on a recent visit — BACKSTAGE!
That hour-long queue snaked around a little in an outside backstage area near the Imagination Pavilion!
There was a full queue with distancing markers, which can help alleviate some of the crowing inside The Land Pavilion!
Any time we get to go backstage is a thrill! It’s cool to see these unexpected areas of EPCOT!
The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure
The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure has had a few additions since it opened earlier this year, like Charlie “Bird” Parker’s saxophone. And now there’s ANOTHER new piece in this exhibit: A clay sculpture of Joe Gardner and Dorothea Williams from the Pixar movie Soul!
These figurines were used during the making of the movie!
And just look at ALL of that detail! So stunning!
You can see this piece of Pixar movie history at The American Adventure pavilion!
EPCOT Merchandise Updates
Sure, you can always EAT cookies at EPCOT, but if you want to bring some of that Disney magic home to your own kitchen, you can with these cookie cutters we spotted at Mouse Gear!
We spotted TWO shapes, one is the classic Mickey icon…
…and the other is Minnie Mouse’s famous BOW!
These cookie cutters are $9.99 each and the silicon is removable, so you can use that to make fun Disney-shaped pancakes or eggs on the griddle!
If you know Mario Kart, then you know how slippery those silly bananas can be! And if you love them or hate them, well, now you can get your own plush Mario Kart banana at Mitsukoshi in the Japan Pavilion!
Heck, even if you don’t love Mario Kart, ya gotta admit this guy is ADORABLE!
Festival Market Kiosk
One of the BEST parts of EPCOT are all of the countries in World Showcase, and if you want to show off your love of Mexico, Norway, China, or any of the other countries, you can with the new World Showcase pins! We’d previously spotted these pins at Disney Springs, but now they’ve popped up in their rightful place — EPCOT!
These colorful pins are the PERFECT EPCOT souvenir and are pretty affordable at $9.99 a piece. We found them at the pin Festival Market Kiosk near the Canada pavilion!
Test Track Simporium
Pin trading has changed since Walt Disney World reopened. Pin trading locations (and the time those locations are open!) can change. We noticed that the Test Track Simporium (the Test Track gift shop!) now has pin trading from 2 to 4PM!
You’ll notice it by the big boards in the gift shop!
EPCOT Character Updates
Anna and Elsa
We saw Anna meeting in a new spot in the Norway Pavilion!
She was on the stairs on the side of the pavilion instead of right outside Royal Somerhaus like usual… VERY peculiar!
We’re not sure WHY Anna moved, but hey, we love a good game of hide and seek! And maybe she was playing with Elsa!
We spotted this forest QUEEN in the same spot!
We’re not sure WHY these Frozen stars moved, but if you don’t see them at first, try and turn a corner!
EPCOT Construction Updates
There has been a circular construction wall in the France pavilion by the Flower and Garden booth line queue, and it has come down!
You can see the beautiful art display in this pavilion in all its glory yet again!
There’s still PLENTY of construction in France as EPCOT prepares for the opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, however.
Flower and Garden Festival
Ever wonder how all of those flowers around the lake at EPCOT stay so BRIGHT and FRESH all spring long during the Flower and Garden Festival?!
Well, we saw a little behind-the-scenes action and spotted some Cast Members watering the flowers!
And that’s ALL of the fun, new stuff we’ve seen at EPCOT recently!
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What unexpected things have YOU seen at EPCOT lately? Let us know in the comments!