PHOTOS – What’s New at Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Animal Kingdom

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Today we are at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and yesterday we were at EPCOT. With Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day things have been busy at Walt Disney World. We’re seeing some new procedures for extended queues, lots of new food at Hollywood Studios, and fun character interactions. Come take a look at what we’re seeing at the parks this week.

Around lunch time yesterday, it was an estimated hour wait to get into the Mexico Pavilion. Being Spring Break, the popularity of La Cava del Tequila has increased which contributed to the long wait to get inside the pavilion, but La Cava created an entrance into the building through a backstage entrance.

 

EPCOT Crowds Mexico Pavilion – March 16, 2021
La Cava del Tequila Side Entrance – March 16, 2021
La Cava del Tequila Side Entrance – March 16, 2021

Also at EPCOT yesterday it was crowded throughout World Showcase, but still not as bad as it would be without the limited capacity. Our team noticed the Innoventions West building is now completely demolished as they headed into World Showcase. Then they grabbed a baguette from the France Pavilion for $2.25, at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie for fuel at the start of the day. There was also a line to get into Mitsokushi at the Japan Pavilion, which is rare.

EPCOT Demolition No More Innovention West – March 16, 2021
France Pavilion Around 11:00 a.m. – March 16, 2021
The Famous $2.25 Baguette at France Pavilion – March 16, 2021
Line to Get Into Mitsukoshi at Japan Pavilion – March 16, 2021
EPCOT Crowds Norway Pavilion – March 16, 2021

Before we move on from EPCOT, here’s two cute photos from yesterday of the character cavalcade. Gosh, our team really digs the cavalcades, such a great way to see the characters without any stress!

Mickey and Minnie Cavalcade – March 16, 2021
Pluto and Goofy Being Cute in the Cavalcade – March 16, 2021

This morning at Animal Kingdom it’s been extended queues galore! Expedition Everest’s extended queue went so far back that you couldn’t even see Everest from the line’s start. Kilimanjaro Safaris extended queue winded a little through Harambe and all the way to currently-closed Pizzafari.

Expedition Everest Extended Queue Goes Near Dinoland – March 17, 2021
Expedition Everest Extended Queue Goes Near Dinoland – March 17, 2021 2

Hollywood Studios has been rolling out lots of new tasty treats and I personally have to say it is taking over as my favorite park for food. Yes, even above EPCOT and Animal Kingdom! Perhaps it is the playfulness that is showing up in many of the new treats. Maybe it is because Hollywood Studios is doing better plant-based food than Animal Kingdom. But, there’s some good stuff coming out of the kitchens here. We have reviews on the Paint Can Cake and the Hazelnut Crunch Cannoli already. And we’ll have full reviews of the latest treats very soon.

Sunset Ranch – March 17, 2021
Strawberry Shortcake Terrine and Snacking Sandwich Cookie from Rosie’s All American Cafe
Plant-Based Veggie Ronto Wrap – March 17, 2021
Mickey Mouse Chocolate Brownie at Grand Avenue

In additional news at Hollywood Studios, the famous spork is back! For those unaware, the spork was the utensil of choice when Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge first opened. Some guests found it difficult to enjoy their food with this themed utensil. Other guests decided they loved it so much that they started mysteriously disappearing. So the sporks went away, but now the are back and available for sale at Docking Bay 7. Hooray for free enterprise in the Star Wars universe!

The Spork of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Returns – March 17, 2021
The Spork of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Returns – March 17, 2021
Ronto Roasters – March 17, 2021

It is also newsworthy that on ride photos can now automatically show up in your My Disney Experience account if you have Bluetooth enabled. This is in pilot at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror.

Ride Photo Notice in MyDisneyExperience – March 17, 2021

And finally here’s a look at today’s crowds at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Hollywood Studios Crowds – 1:00 p.m. March 17, 2021
Hollywood Studios Crowds – 1:00 p.m. March 17, 2021
Hollywood Studios Crowds – 1:00 p.m. March 17, 2021
Hollywood Studios Crowds – 1:00 p.m. March 17, 2021

As an additional note, we’ve noticed some FastPass+ signs are covered up at just a few attractions. We won’t get into any sort of theorizing as to why that might be. It’s just interesting to see. It is important to note that the amount of attractions that still have a visible FastPass+ sign far outnumber those that do not.

Let’s take a look at the attractions that we’ve seen with the FastPass+ sign missing or covered up:

  • Space Mountain
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run
  • Tower of Terror
  • Living with The Land
  • Soarin’
Space Mountain Extended Queue – March 15, 2021
FastPass+ Sign Covered Up at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – March 15, 2021
FastPass+ Sign Covered Up at Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run – March 15, 2021
FastPass+ Sign Out Front of Tower of Terror – March 15, 2021
FastPass+ Sign No Longer Visible at Tower of Terror – March 15, 2021
FastPass+ Sign Missing at Living with The Land – March 16, 2021
FastPass+ Sign Missing at Soarin – March 16, 2021

If you’ve seen any of the above attractions with missing FastPass+ signs well before this month let us know, we’d love to hear what you’ve seen. Or if you’ve seen anything else interesting in the parks recently, let us know in the comments!

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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

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