PHOTOS – What’s New at EPCOT Today: The Seas with Nemo and Friends, the EPCOT Experience, and Kakigori

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Spring Break crowds have arrived at EPCOT today. We’ve been at EPCOT since opening, actually before official opening, today. We’re seeing a few changes in operations now that Spring Break crowds have arrived after a dormant January and February. Guests were let into EPCOT itself around 9:45 a.m. today, that’s an hour and 15 minutes before published opening. We’re used to it being right at an hour. Here’s what else we’re seeing today at EPCOT.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends has an extended queue for the first time in forever. You can tell it’s an uncommon occurrence because of the impromptu-look of the extended queue paddle sign. It’s not a fancy themed lollipop sign like we see at other attractions that tend to have an extended queue regularly. Also at the aquarium guests are being asked to keep moving rather than stopping to get a good view. A few weeks ago I wrote about social distancing practices inside the aquarium and this was not what we experienced in the past.

Extended Queue at The Seas With Nemo and Friends – March 11, 2021
Aquarium at The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Across on the other side of Future World, the EPCOT Experience is missing a key offering. Food and beverage is currently not being sold inside. In the past we’ve enjoyed grabbing a quick snack like popcorn or flatbread pizza with some great craft beer here. Hopefully this will reopen soon because Future World needs more places for food and relaxation.

EPCOT Experience – Odyssey Building
No Food and Drinks Currently Being Sold at EPCOT Experience – March 11, 2021
Baby Care Center and First Aid – EPCOT

World Showcase is of course the busiest part of the park today as guest enjoy the food and beverage offerings as part of the Flower and Garden Festival. If you’re on a budget you may want to check out our best ways to spend $50 on food at the Flower and Garden Festival.

Mexico Pavilion Crowds – 1:00 p.m. March 11, 2021
Norway Pavilion Crowds – 1:00 p.m. March 11, 2021
China Pavilion Crowds – 1:00 p.m. March 11, 2021
Germany Pavilion Crowds – 1:00 p.m. March 11, 2021

While in World Showcase our team decided to take a break from the festival and go with a traditional EPCOT treat: Kakigōri. This shaved ice treat served at the Japan pavilion is available with and without sweetened condensed milk. With spring and summer temperatures practically here, this is a great way to cool off. You can also cool off with Frozen Beer or some refreshing sushi rolls here at the Kabuki Café.

Kakigori Booth at EPCOT
Kakigori Shaved Ice at EPCOT
Springtime Fallen Flowers Make a Hidden Mickey

Have you been to EPCOT lately? What’s your favorite way to take a break at EPCOT?

 

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Dani

Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

2 thoughts on “PHOTOS – What’s New at EPCOT Today: The Seas with Nemo and Friends, the EPCOT Experience, and Kakigori

  • March 12, 2021 at 1:35 am
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    Lol the parks should be closed during an international pandemic that has killed more than 2.5 million people.

    It doesn’t need more dining locations.

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    • March 12, 2021 at 2:45 pm
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      Agreed, we really need to do something about the obesity epidemic.

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