Summer used to be Walt Disney World’s Peak Season. Not any more! With Disney deals galore, luring folks to the parks we’re sure the crowds will still be found, but what are you really going for? What events can you expect? Is there anything New? Without the seasonal festival at Epcot to lure you to Walt Disney World with new foods, let’s chat about what you can find at Walt Disney World this summer.
Surviving Walt Disney World This Summer
While it’s true that schools do still let kids out in the summer and that families still do vacation at Walt Disney World. It’s also true that as the climate gets more extreme and Florida Summers can get unbearable. Be sure to check out our tips for Surviving the Heat in Florida at Disney this summer. Ask any local and they’ll say you can find them at home in the air conditioning like any other clear-headed Floridian. Then, of course, you can add in international tour groups, sports teams and summer conventions, and the parks and we stick by our personal truth that we’d rather visit Walt Disney World in any other season.
Walt Disney World Summer 2021
That said, what is there to do at Walt Disney World in Summer 2021? What else can you look forward to besides the basic Disney experience and the new mask requirements? Here’s everything you can find happening at Walt Disney World this summer.
- 1 The Flower and Garden Festival 2021 | EPCOT Park
- 2 Disney Fireworks Return July 1, 2021
- 3 The Food and Wine Festival 2021 | EPCOT Park
- 4 Club Cool Hosted by Coca-Cola Returns | EPCOT Park
- 5 Vacation Fun-Mickey Shorts Theater | Hollywood Studios
- 6 Festival of the Lion King Returns | Animal Kingdom
- 7 Rafiki’s Planet Watch Returns | Animal Kingdom
- 8 Remy’s Ratatouille Courtyard | EPCOT Park
- 9 Disney’s Polynesian Resort Reopens
- 10 Summer Snacks at Walt Disney World
The Flower and Garden Festival 2021 | EPCOT Park
Believe it or not, if you’re visiting Walt Disney World this summer you can still catch the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival if you’re vacationing before July 5th! The Flower and Garden Festival runs this year from March 3- July 5th, 2021 and combines the best foods, fun, and beautiful topiaries you won’t want to miss! Be sure to check out the Flower and Garden Festival Menus for 2021 and everything else you can do at Flower and Garden if you’re traveling early summer!
- Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Guide for Beginners
- Epcot Flower and Garden Festival: What’s New?
- Flower and Garden Festival Tips and Tricks
- Walt Disney World Flower and Garden Festival Checklist
Disney Fireworks Return July 1, 2021
After a long hiatus, Fireworks return to Walt Disney World this summer! Happily Ever After Fireworks will be available until the show retires on September 29, 2021. And Epcot Forever, Epcot’s Nighttime Show, is retiring on September 28, 2021.
The Food and Wine Festival 2021 | EPCOT Park
And if you’re traveling in late summer this year you’ll have plenty of time to experience the Food and Wine Festival! Starting July 15th until November 20, 2021, this festival has new foods, Remy’s Scavenger Hunt Game, classes, and more! Be sure to check out the Food and Wine Menus for 2021 to help you get a start on the planning. We’ll be updating this with Disney menus as soon as the Disney website updates with the new foods. This is usually just a couple of weeks ahead of the festival. So stay tuned! Here is everything you can do at the Food and Wine Festival this year!
Club Cool Hosted by Coca-Cola Returns | EPCOT Park
If you have been missing the Beverly, take care in knowing that Club Cool is Back! This new space will celebrate Coca-Cola in “a fresh new way,” while bringing the global Coca-Cola tasting experience to life! Plan to see extra magic too when you check out Club Cool, located in the old Mousegear store- now the “Creations Shop”. Opening Summer 2021.
Vacation Fun-Mickey Shorts Theater | Hollywood Studios
Another newer Disney Attraction, the Mickey Shorts Theater features a 20-minute cartoon all about mickey! We love that this is a mash-up of our favorite Mickey Short episodes and gives us a reason to get out of the sun at Disney World. Check out our full review of the Mickey Shorts Theater at Hollywood Studios.
Festival of the Lion King Returns | Animal Kingdom
Originally lost in the dispute of the Actors union and Disney Parks, an agreement has been reached that allows for safe physical distancing for performers and guests! As a result Festival of the Lion King is returning Summer 2021 at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Woohoo! By far one of the BEST shows on Disney property, we excited to see this return even if it’s altered form.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch Returns | Animal Kingdom
Rafiki’s Planet Watch was officially taken off the Disney docket due to low attendance. And a need to redistribute resources across a very busy Animal Kingdom. This conservation-focused attraction was only accessible via a train ride and offered character meet and greets and a children’s farm. So, we’re not totally sure it will be up and running due to the train limitations and physical distancing. But it is a summer staple, so made this list anyway! Check out everything happening at the Conservatin Station.
Remy’s Ratatouille Courtyard | EPCOT Park
While Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure doesn’t open until October 1, 2021 Remy’s new courtyard in the World Showcase France Pavilion is open for business. Be sure to stop by and see the new fountain, the bathrooms, the storefront of the new restaurant La Creperie along with other details you’re sure to miss once the ride opens. The ride itself opens on the official date of the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World.
Disney’s Polynesian Resort Reopens
The newly renovated Polynesian Resort is updated with a new Moana-inspired theme! We’re excited to see the interior and exterior spaces in this new color scheme. Be sure to stop by for a coffee at Kona Cafe and take a look at all the changes this summer.
Summer Snacks at Walt Disney World
If we’re sure to see anything new at Walt Disney World this summer it’s Disney Snacks! Be sure to check out all the New Disney Snacks at Walt Disney World! We’ll be keeping them updated in our Disney Snacks section of the blog.