Heading to Walt Disney World this year? With all the things happening at Walt Disney World in 2021, amidst the pandemic, here is a round-up of everything that has changed. With things that will affect your Disney Vacation Planning, and everything NEW coming to Disney in 2021. 

When is Walt Disney World Returning to Normal?

Wondering about all the things at Walt Disney World and what changes are still in place? Read up on all the details in our How Walt Disney World is Returning to Normal and How it’s Not. From changes with self-service drink stations, park capacity, character dining, and more. Check out all the details in the post. 

Walt Disney World Event Calendar 2021

Be sure to pin or save the Walt Disney World Event Calendar for 2021. This calendar highlights every Disney event, festival, important dates, holidays, and more that will impact your Disney Vacation. We update this regularly as new events and dates are announced. 

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Disney MagicMobile Service

Disney’s MagicMobile Service is arriving in phases in 2021. Available now for Apple device users, this new wallet technology is meant to work in tandem and alongside the My Disney Experience App and Disney MagicBands. This Disney digital wallet can store tickets, payments, attraction passes, and allow for contactless entry to the parks. You can set it up in the My Disney Experience App. 

Magic Band Changes at Disney World

Disney MagicBand Changes

MagicBands are No Longer Free.  MagicBands are now 5 dollars to purchase in the My Disney Experience App, and still available at gift shops across the parks and on shopDisney.com but know that these are phasing out.

Disney Magical Express Retiring

Disney’s Magical Express is Retiring at the end of 2021. For interim transportation options in 2022 when this service retires, Disney vacationers will be on their own to find their way to and from the Orlando International Airport. While Walt Disney World does have plans with the Brightline high-speed train system in Orlando, the Disney Springs station may not be ready until 2025. Thankfully, Mears transportation is making available a new service called Mears Connect this year, to help Disney Vacationers with their transportation needs. We don’t have details on this new service yet but stay tuned, and we’ll share information as soon as it’s available. 

Walt Disney World COVID Rules and Information

As the world is still up against the COVID-19 pandemic, Walt Disney World is abiding by CDC regulations and recommendations as they continue to welcome limited guests to the parks. Check out the Walt Disney World COVID FAQ for details on Face Mask Rules, Dining Reservation Changes, Transportation changes, and other requirements when visiting. 

Disney Park Pass Reservations

Walt Disney World Park Hopper Tickets have Returned.  But with Park Pass Reservations still in play, there are limitations on how you can use this ticket, which allows you to park hop only after 2 pm every day. If visiting Walt Disney World in 2021 be sure to have a valid Park Ticket and a Disney Park Pass Reservation for the park you plan to visit each day of your vacation. 

Walt Disney World Capacity in 2021 

Walt Disney World Park Capacity is increasing.  Planned Walt Disney World Capacity for 2021 is slowly increasing, up from 35%. Check out the Walt Disney World Capacity post if you’re traveling in 2021. 

Extra Magic Hour Changes

Extra Magic Hours are Cancelled in 2021. But Early Park Entry for Disney Resort Guests returns.  Allowing guests who stay on Disney property access to the parks 30 minutes before opening. You can maximize your time in the parks by building early mornings into your Disney Planning

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Walt Disney World Epcot Festivals in 2021

Walt Disney World Festivals for 2021 are still going strong. For everything happening with festivals at EPCOT, check out our posts as the festivals arrive. From event dates to best foods to tips and tricks to make your way around the festivals. Check them out here! 

New Disney Snacks in 2021

If you’re seeking out new snacks at Walt Disney World look no further. We’re updating our Disney snacks posts regularly. And as 2021 honors anniversaries of some of the Best Disney films, there will be plenty of new snacks in the parks this year. Keep up on all the New Snacks at Walt Disney World in 2021. 

Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration officially arrives in the parks on October 1, 2021. This 18-month long celebration, named The World’s Most Magical Celebration, runs until March 2023 and promises the completion of new rides, restaurants, and shows. Check out all the information so far on Disney’s 50th Anniversary Plans. 

New Rides, Restaurants, and Shows at Disney in 2021

In preparation for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, there has been a slew of amazing things on the list to be completed during 2021. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ are on the way this year and give us even more things to look forward to! Check out even more details about What’s Happening at Walt Disney World in 2021.

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Walt Disney World Operations during the COVID pandemic has affected park operations, construction, entertainment, planning and the 50th Anniversary in 2021. Here are our Disney COVID FAQ to know before you go.

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