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

Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Plans

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. 

50th Anniversary Statues at Magic Kingdom

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! 

New Snacks for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World

With 150 NEW Snacks at Walt Disney World Resort, you can find sweet treats, savory snacks, and new menu items inspired by Walt Disney himself. Check out all the New Snacks for Disney’s 50th Anniversary in all four parks for the World’s Most Magical Celebration. 

New Disney Parties in 2021

With the fate of certain holiday parties and what can be done safely in flux, Walt Disney World has taken this year to announce NEW After Hours Events! The Disney After Hours Boo Bash and Disney’s Very Merriest After Hours parties both debut this year, adding a little more spirit to the season! 

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. 

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Walt Disney World Vacation Planning in 2021

For all the information on new rides, restaurants, shows, and the 50th Anniversary check out our What’s Happening at Walt Disney World in 2021  post. 

What’s New at Walt Disney World in 2021?

In addition to all the 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Disney Vacation Planning Changes below, we also have a round-up of everything new at Walt Disney World this year. It all depends on when you visit! Check out the posts below to do a deeper dive into everything new at Disney. If you want an overview, check out our What’s New at Walt Disney World in 2021 post, we share the most recent happenings there. 

Disney MagicMobile Service Introduced

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. MagicBand+ is on the way in 2022 and will offer interactive MagicBands+ that can be purchased across the parks, and at a discount in the app with a Disney vacation. 

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. 

Disney Park Pass Reservations Required

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. 

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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Thinking of a Disney Vacation in 2022?

If you’re ready to plan a Walt Disney World Vacation for 2022, we’re getting ready too! Check out our Walt Disney World Calendar of Events for 2022 and all the things to consider for Disney Vacation Planning in 2022.


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