A lot has been going on in Disney as they prepare for the 50th anniversary next month. We have a run down on what continues to be closed, what is supposed to open this month and future months as 2021 wraps up. Hopefully this will help you as you plan your next trip.
Throughout all four parks, live entertainment as well as character meet and greets remain closed. Fans are unable to meet characters one-on-one, but instead enjoy pop-ups experiences and calvacades.
In the Magic Kingdom, the Walt Disney World Railroad remains closed as work on Tron continues. The railroad has been closed since December of 2018 and guests have been anxiously awaiting since for a trip around the park once again.
Also in the Magic Kingdom is the Main Street Confectionary. This delicious snack shop is currently undergoing a refurbishment. It is scheduled to be closed throughout September so if you are wanting a sweet treat, head to Plaza Ice Cream Parlor or Big Top Treats inside Big Top Souvenirs.
The Wave at the Contemporary is closed as it transforms into Steakhouse 71. The goal is for it to reopen for the 50th, but until then guests can enjoy the popular Wave breakfast up in California Grill. Not a bad compromise.
Typhoon Lagoon continues to be closed with no reopening date in the forecast. At this point, we assume Disney will wait until spring 2022 to open their second water park.
Work continues throughout the four parks as Disney continues to strive to make guests’ experiences even more magical. In the Magic Kingdom, the goal was for Tron: Lightcycle Run to be opened for the 50th anniversary; however, with the closure of the parks in 2020 this has been delayed. No official date has been released, but the progress seems to be going well and we are hopeful we will know more soon.
Epcot is seeing work on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind continue as well. This ride was also supposed to be opened for the 50th, but once again it was delayed with the closure of the park.
Finally, the Play Pavilion is another area in Epcot that we are looking forward to but don’t know exactly when it will open. Here guests of all ages will be able to interact with some of their favorite characters.
We can’t wait to learn when these experiences will open.
That is the big information when it comes to rides in the four parks that will either be closed or we are still waiting to open. The parks aren’t the only areas that are facing some refurbishments as many of the resorts are getting an upgrade before the 50th.
Going through refurbishments right now are a number of resorts. The ones that could have the most impact on guests are Disney’s Contemporary as well as Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Over at the Polynesian Village Resort the monorail station continues to go through an upgrade. Because of this work, guests aren’t able to access the monorail from the resort but instead will need to head to the TTC or the Grand Floridian.
Over at the Contemporary, rooms are going through a major refurbishment as they transition to the new Incredible theme. Along with the new, updated guests rooms is the update to the main lobby area. Construction here will continue for a while now so guests should keep that in mind when staying at the Contemporary.
Three other resorts are going through some refurbishments when it comes to their lobbies. All Star Movies, Old Key West and Saratoga Springs are all having their lobbies updated. This impacts guests in that they are asked to check into the resort at another area. This isn’t a major issue overall as many guests are using mobile check-in as well as My Disney Experience so they don’t need to visit the front desk.
The great news is that we have many opening dates when it comes to some rides, dining and resorts that have remained closed since the park reopened. We are so excited to have these experiences coming as 2021 wraps up.
The biggest opening will be in France’s Pavilion in Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. This highly anticipated ride has been ready to welcome guests for a while and has even welcomed cast members, AP holders and DVC members, but the official opening will be October 1st. We can’t wait to race around with Remy.
In the restaurant area, we have two restaurant openings announced. Diamond Horseshoe in the Magic Kingdom is opening on September 11th. Guests can look to enjoy comfort foods similar to those at Liberty Tree Tavern. In Epcot, on September 20th, guests can finally experience Space 220. This dining location will take guests on an elevator ride that will bring them 220 miles above the Earth. We are still waiting to learn more about what will be offered here.
We are thrilled that the rest of the Walt Disney World resorts will be opening by the end of 2021. All Star Music will begin welcoming guests on September 16th with October 14th and 28th seeing Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter opening. The last resort that will open will be All Star Sports opening on December 9th. It is exciting to have dates for all of these and we hope that they will be able to open on-time.
Finally, we will see Club Level rooms being offered once again start in September. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn as well as Disney’s Contemporary Resort will all have Club Level rooms available to guests starting in mid-September. These rooms will access the Club Lounge which typically offers a variety of food and drink options throughout the day. We will be interested to see what adjustments Disney makes when they reopen.
Club Level will open at the Wilderness Lodge and Coronado Springs Resort in December so look for those as well moving forward.
We are so thrilled to have so much opening as we move toward the end of 2021. What are you the most excited to have opened once again?