Since January 1st we have seen many changes and announcements from Disney that we didn't see coming. Let's reflect back on what we now know is coming for our 2021.
Walt Disney World
Park Hopping has resumed for all 4 theme parks. A reservation is required to enter the first park, but after 2pm you can call 407-560-5000 or check your My Disney Experience for capacity levels at any of the other theme parks. Then hop a Disney Bus and head over to the next theme park. Just a reminder the Epcot Monorail has not opened yet to use for Park Hopping. Feel energetic hop all 4 in one day!
Guests checking into a Walt Disney World Resort will no longer receive complimentary Magic Bands. They can still be purchased from shopdisney.com or at your resort or in a theme park. From past experiences I will say these little guys make your Walt Disney World Vacation much easier and less to carry or fumble around looking for your ticket when needed. If you purchase a Memory Maker I highly recommend having these for your party. These Magic Bands will help capture all the ride photos and videos to download at a later time. Some of these pictures are the most fun to look at after the vacation is all over. The sad time...when we are home wishing we were back. FYI - Your Magic Bands are reusable so never throw them away! They can be linked to a new reservation each time and yes it will open your door to your resort each visit. Cool right?
Walt Disney World Resort Guests will no longer have Extra Magic Hours, but instead get the option to enter any one of the 4 theme parks a half hour on any day! A win, win if you ask me. A theme park reservation is still required even for this little extra magic each day.
Disney's Memory Maker - Activate your Memory Maker now through May 19, 2021, to download all your photos and videos captured through June 18, 2021. Activate your one day Memory Maker for $69 and get two full days of Disney PhotoPass photos and videos for the price of one! Activate Memory Maker One Day now through March 11, 2021 to download your Disney PhotoPass photos and videos from the day of your choice PLUS receive photo and video downloads from the following consecutive day too – at no extra cost. Memory Maker advanced purchase price is still discounted at $169 and is available for the length of your vacation.
Disney Springs - Received a couple new additions to your entice your taste buds and fill your belly's. Gideon's Bake Shop and Everglazed Donuts and Cold Brew are now open and with virtual lines. These are places you don't want to miss out! You will thank me later.
Magic Kingdom now has more places to eat. Recently welcoming back Crystal Palace and Chef Mickey. Chef Mickey is located in the Contemporary Resort right next to Magic Kingdom and only a short walk away.
The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game will be ending on January 25th, 2021. So no more casting spells and collecting those cards. We'll have to wait and see what will be coming next.
‘Festival of the Lion King’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is BACK this Summer!! It will be modified a bit due to Covid protocols to ensure the performers and guests are safe. But, with that aside I think the Magic of seeing this show again will bring such much needed happiness this summer!
Epcot will house a new exhibit debuting inside The American Pavilion coming this February. “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure,” is a new exhibit debuting inside The American Adventure featuring Joe Gardner from Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” – now streaming on Disney+ – Guests are invited on a musical tour of America to learn about this inspiring genre of music.
Epcot Festival of the Arts running now till February 22, 2021 is full of culinary arts and tasty treats. The artist in your family will love this festival with taking part in free learning to draw characters, joining in with other guests for paint by number mural paintings and chalk drawings throughout the park. Learn more on the food booths here: https://www.dreamvacationmakertravelagent.com/post/foodie-guide-to-2021-taste-of-epcot-international-festival-this-will-make-your-hungry
2021 Taste of Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival - Fresh Flowers and Flavors Spring to Life March 3, 2021 to July 5, 2021. This year explore garden-fresh cuisines, creative gardens and unforgettable topiaries, this vibrant festival combines the freshest flowers and flavors from around the world.
Disney Resorts re-opening. Disney released the latest opening dates for Disney's Beach Club Resort on May 30th, 2021, Disney's Wilderness Lodge on June 6th, 2021 and Disney's All-Star Movies on March 22, 2021.
Epcot will be serving up the International Food and Wine Festival once again this year. And joining them with a little walk past the Disney's Boardwalk, is the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic as well. Check more information for this at https://swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com/
We now know Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park will be re-opening on March 7, 2021.
Disney Golfers are in for a real treat this year with the new technology launched at Disney's Golf Courses. Check out the latest video on your new best friend. The touchless golf cart Tempo Walk Robo-Caddie.
Disney Cruise Line
Based on CDC Guidelines - Sailings are cancelled aboard the Disney Fantasy through April 24; the Disney Dream through April 30; the Disney Magic through May 9; and the Disney Wonder through May 12
Additionally, based on the conditional sail order provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Disney Cruise Line must cancel sailings longer than 7 nights.
Canada Extends Ban on Cruise Ships Until at Least 2022
More sad news lays upon us as the park still remains closed to it's fans. The Disneyland Resort Annual Passport has been updated. As of now they will be cancelling all passes and sending refunds to their patrons. Discounts will be offered to those who are currently holding these tickets as a thank you for your commitment and passion. Read more here from Ken Potrock, President of Disneyland Resort. https://disneyland.disney.go.com/annual-passholder-refund-information/
When Avengers Campus opens at the Disneyland Resort at a future top secret date, fans will see a very familiar face inside the Worldwide Engineering Brigade – or WEB as the kids call it. As Disney has shared before, Tom Holland reprises his role as Peter Parker for WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure. Tom who shared more details about his role in the attraction and his excitement for working with Walt Disney Imagineering on this new adventure. Check out this first look below!
Stay-at-home order has now been lifted and restaurants have started offer in-person dining again at Downtown Disney. Starting Friday, Feb. 5, guests can once again enjoy outdoor dining at Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining, with its seasonal menu and unique dining environment on Buena Vista Street, an extension of Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort.
Adventures by Disney
You will journey to some of the world’s most wondrous and sought-after destinations when you set sail on all-new Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruises. With voyages to Antarctica beginning in late 2021 and to the Galapagos Islands in 2022, you will embark on exhilarating adventures across breathtaking, remote landscapes while enjoying a leisurely voyage with family-focused activities curated by the travel experts at Disney. Book by April 11, 2021 and save up to $750 p/p.
Additional Disney Information:
As of January 21st, 2021 Disney's Gift Card website has posted the new website will go live on February 3, 2021. They will be linking all of your Disney Accounts together with same username and password. I'm happy about this one...never forgetting my password again. Make sure whenever you have any Disney Gift Cards you register them online. It makes it easier to report lost or stolen cards or combining all on one to help keep track. Having them registered online also gives you the opportunity to replenish them and add more money at any time. Check out the new website: www.disneygiftcards.com
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