PHOTO REPORT: Epcot 3/16/19 (Spaceship Earth Tips, Flower & Garden Butterfly House, Construction Updates, and More!)

Good morning from a rare overcast (but not rainy) day in Central Florida! Today, I headed to Epcot to enjoy a park day without feeling like my skin was melting off, most likely one of the last ones of those until late Fall.

Epcot Spaceship Earth SSE

We’re still in full swing of Spring Break season over here at the Walt Disney World Resort, which means crowded parks and exceptionally long wait times. The first few hours of every day, you’ll usually always see an inflated wait at Spaceship Earth, as it’s the first attraction Guests encounter in the park. Today was no exception, with the entire outdoor queue full and a posted wait of 100 minutes. If Spaceship Earth is on your list of must-dos for your Epcot day (as it should always be), your best bet is to save this attraction for on your way out.

Spaceship Earth Epcot

Spaceship Earth wasn’t the only attraction experiencing long queues, either. The FastPass+ queue for The Seas with Nemo and Friends extended well beyond the stroller parking area, almost to The Land pavilion.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends Epcot

Over inside The Land pavilion, Living with the Land had accumulated quite a queue of its own as well. A busy Epcot day, indeed.

Living with the Land Epcot

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

The Flower and Garden Festival is currently in full swing throughout the park! If you haven’t seen WDWNT’s full guide to the festival yet, click here to check it out!

Before I made my way into the World Showcase, I made a stop through the Butterfly House in Future World West. I moseyed my way through the Garden pretty leisurely, and the lone butterfly pictured above was the only butterfly I spotted in the whole exhibit. Here’s hoping a few more emerge from their cocoons before too much longer, or else I would say the Butterfly Garden would be an easy thing to skip this year.

Hudson's Bay Mickey 90 Canada Pavilion

Over in the Canada Pavilion, I spotted this new addition to the Husdon’s Bay Company line of Mickey 90th merchandise.

Hudson's Bay Mickey 90 Canada Pavilion

Hudson's Bay Mickey 90 Canada Pavilion

It’s a fleece blanket with a Mickey design and stripes in the Hudson’s Bay colors, priced at $54.99. If you missed the rest of the collection, click here to check it out!

China Pavilion Cotton Candy

Making my way over to the China Pavilion, I stopped to watch the new Cotton Candy offering being made. This dry, overcast weather was a perfect day to grab this treat, as on the usual hot, humid Florida days, the cotton candy starts disintegrating pretty quickly.

Epcot Construction Updates

World Showcase Lagoon

Walking around the World Showcase Lagoon, there seemed to be some activity getting things together for the new nighttime spectacular that will replace IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

World Showcase Lagoon

World Showcase Lagoon

Progress was also being made over in the Japan Pavilion on the upcoming new signature dining restaurant.

Japan Pavilion

Japan Pavilion

Since the last update, it looks like a scrim has gone up around the steel structure that was installed.

Epcot Space Restaurant

More scaffolding appears to have gone up around the upcoming Space Restaurant in Future World, as well.

Stay tuned to WDWNT for the latest updates! And if you’re headed to the parks this week or next, keep those long wait times in mind!