Disney World Hypes Up 2021 Experiences, Festivals, and More!

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The year 2021 is a very special one for Walt Disney World — it’s the 50th anniversary of the Resort!

Though Disney has not yet made any specific announcements for the 50th-anniversary celebrations as of late, we already know of some incredible and unique experiences that will be available for Guests throughout the New Year. Let’s take a look at what’s to come in 2021 at Walt Disney World Resort and what Guests can look forward to, courtesy of Disney Parks Blog.

Click here to read our Disney World 2021 crowd calendar! 

Magic Kingdom

Cinderella Castle Royal Makeover

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Cinderella Castle, the iconic centerpiece for Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort, has gotten a complete makeover in honor of this year’s 70th anniversary of the Walt Disney animated film Cinderella. The Castle is now glowing with a gorgeous pink painting and gold detailing.


Explore the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts

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From January 8 through February 22, Guests are invited to an experience a visual, performance, and culinary arts festival throughout EPCOT.

The Reimagined Entrance Fountain at EPCOT

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EPCOT is undergoing a huge transformation as the theme park reimagines what was known as Future World into three new sections — World Discovery, World Nature, and World Celebration. Along with the transformation comes a brand new park entrance featuring a stunning fountain and pylons, which compliment the park’s icon — Spaceship Earth.

EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

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Disney will be bringing back its iconic character topiaries as well as over 20 Outdoor Kitchens for Guests to stop and try a bite to eat from various locations “around the world.” The 2021 EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival will debut on March 3, 2021, and run through July 5, 2021.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is going to be EPCOT’s latest attraction in World Showcase, and will be filled with lots of family fun! For the upcoming Ratatouille ride, Walt Disney Imagineering has partnered with Pixar to make sure what the Disney Imagineers are building is staying true to the story and staying true to the overall idea.

This highly anticipated attraction will open in 2021.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Though it debuted in 2020, this attraction is still new to so many Guests. The official description of this Walt Disney World attraction reads:

The darling duo are taking a leisurely drive to a picnic in their sporty roadster—with Engineer Goofy’s train following merrily along. Plot twist—you get to go, too! Climb aboard a runaway railway and embark on a whirlwind ride through a world where the rules of physics don’t apply. Prepare for unexpected twists, slapstick gags and mind-boggling transformations at every turn, as Mickey and Minnie try to save the day.

There’s no telling where this train is heading! This is an adventure for Mickey and Minnie fans of all ages.

Travel to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

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This immersive, award-winning land features two thrilling attractions — Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run — that Guests need to experience in the New Year.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

New Residents on the Harambe Wildlife Reserve at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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If you are an animal lover, you’ll want to check out the latest addition to Harambe Wildlife Reserve — Nigerian dwarf goats!

The Cuteness of Baby Animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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While aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris Guests may spot some new baby animals, including a young Masai giraffe!

Disney Springs

Sweet New Treats

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Guests can get excited for the soon-to-be M&M’S store as well as the recently opened Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew, both located at Disney Springs.

Cirque du Soleil Show “Drawn to Life”

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Disney Parks Blog has confirmed that Cirque du Soleil’s new show Drawn to Life will be debuting at Disney World in 2021!

Disney World Water Parks

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

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Guests can once again visit Blizzard Beach when it reopens on March 7, 2021!

Disney’s Blizzard Beach is one of the two water parks located at Walt Disney World Resort (the other one being Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon). It is home to several different water-based attractions including water slides (like the famous Summit Plummet and Slush Gusher), a lazy river (called Cross Country Creek), a wave pool (called Melt-away Bay), and more! Guests can enjoy the best of both winter and summer — at the same time!

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Disney Characters in New Places 

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Though we can’t give Mickey a hug, we can still spot some of our favorite Disney characters inside the theme parks on cavalcades, caravans, flotillas, or even at special “pop-up” appearances. Also, be on the lookout because some characters will appear on the occasional special surprise at Disney Resort hotels as well!

Park Hopping

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Park Hopping has returned to Walt Disney World, but it has been modified and has its own restrictions. For example, Guests can not enter their second theme park of the day before 2 PM, and the theme parks are still being held to the 35% capacity limit.

Return to Favorite Disney Restaurants

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As Walt Disney World continues its phased reopening, the Resort is bringing several restaurants back to regular operations including Crystal Palace and Chef Mickey’s!

Fresh Pixie Dust at the Entrances to Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World Resort’s famous entry arch is even more magical — thanks to a coat of fresh paint! The sign is being reimagined so it closely matches the recent royal makeover of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom.

Planning A Disney World Vacation?

Add Extra Theme Park Magic to Vacations

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Available to book now, Guests who want to purchase non-discounted four-night/three-day room and ticket packages at select Disney Resort hotels for arrivals most nights January 8, 2021, through September 25, 2021, will receive an additional two days of theme park tickets!

Florida Residents Can Take Advantage of a Special Ticket Offer

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Available now, the four-day Florida Resident Discover Disney Ticket invites Floridians to visit any of the four Disney parks through June 18, 2021 (subject to block out dates), for $199 (plus tax). For more details on this special offer, click here.

Want to Visit Disney World in 2021?

If you want to visit Disney World on your next vacation, but need help planning, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friends over at Academy Travel. Get started by clicking here!

Which experience will you be taking advantage of in 2021? Let us know in the comments below.

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