What’s New at Walt Disney World 2021? Everything to Know!

What’s New at Walt Disney World 2021? Everything to Know!

Walt Disney World in 2021 is all about new rides, restaurants, shows and the 50th Anniversary celebrations. Here’s everything you can plan to see at Disney in 2021 and everything you need to know to make sure your vacation is amazing! We’re sharing some Disney COVID related things in this post as well, so you can go prepared! Get ready for the most magical year ever. 

How the COVID Pandemic Will Affect Walt Disney World in 2021?

Walt Disney World has already made significant changes to health and safety across the parks and resorts to adjust to the pandemic. Read more about the Health and Safety Protocols and the Walt Disney World COVID 19 Plans

Walt Disney World 2021 Planning Changes due to COVID

There are many changes that affect planning a Walt Disney Vacation in 2020 and 2021. We’ll be sure to get those out of the way now, so you can have an idea of what your 2021 Disney vacation may look like. In a nutshell here’s everything that is different about planning a Disney Vacation in 2021.

Guests will no longer be able to reserve fastpasses and will no longer receive free MagicBands as part of their Disney resort stay. Dining Plans are not available and the previous 180 day advanced reservation window is now 60 days before day of arrival. Park Reservations are REQUIRED through the Disney Park Pass Reservation system which will be in place until September 26, 2021. And guests are currently limited to one park per day. Park Hopper tickets are also temporarily unavailable, but may be included as an option later. Read more about all the Changes at Walt Disney World due to the Pandemic including Disney Face Mask Rules.

New Restaurant and Ride Construction Delays at Disney World

While many projects across the parks were delayed as a result of the 2020 closure there are still a few that are on track to complete in 2021. As a result we’ll welcome not only new attractions but also new shows, restaurants and more. Check out the Disney construction updates of projects across the parks for ongoing changes. 

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Everything New at Walt Disney World for 2021

If 2020 is any indicator, 2021 is gonna be one heck of a year! With the COVID Pandemic at Walt Disney World not only affecting vacations but also every single aspect of the experience in the parks, we’ll all have to deal with being more flexible! 

Walt Disney World Calendar of Events 2021

Check out the lineup of everything happening at Walt Disney World in 2021, not only the New stuff! From returning festivals to events, special days and more. We’re keeping track of everything on our 2021 Walt Disney World Calendar with tentative and confirmed dates of everything happening!

Walt Disney World Marathon 2021 | January 6-10, 2021

With runDisney’s Wine and Dine Marathon changing to a Virtual Event in 2020, we could potentially see the same thing happen for 2021 races. The runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon returns in 2021 and is already SOLD OUT. This weekend-long event takes over the parks and allows runners to add a little Disney to the race. If traveling to Walt Disney World in 2021, be aware of these dates, because park reservations are sure to fill fast as runners and guests claim their required Disney park passes

HarmoniUs Fireworks and Digital Show | Epcot

If this new Epcot show, replacing Epcot Forever, doesn’t arrive at the end of 2020, it will arrive in 2021. This new show celebrates the music of all lands and combines scenes and sounds that connect cultures. Check out the video in our Changes Coming to Epcot post for a glimpse at the music in this new show. 

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New Rides at Walt Disney World in 2021

One of the biggest things coming for the 50th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World is new rides! And if you haven’t been to Walt Disney world in the last few years you haven’t seen everything that has arrived so far! For a complete list of everything that has changed in the parks; new rides, restaurateurs, shows and cancelled attractions, check out our Changes for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary post. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Roller Coaster  | Epcot 

Originally slated for Spring of 2021 we don’t know if this project is still on schedule, but chances of it completing sometime in 2021 are pretty good. You can experience a 360 ride starting with a backwards launch into “space.” Tasked to save the universe, we are super excited to see this ride in action, as it’s supposed to be the first of it’s kind!

TRON Lightcycle Run Roller Coaster | Magic Kingdom

This amazing lightcycle coaster was originally to complete by Summer 2021. With the closing we don’t imagine this is still on track to complete by then, but we have our fingers crossed for 2021 anyway.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure | EPCOT

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in Epcot will not complete until sometime in 2021,but much of the courtyard in EPCOT France is already complete! Including a Remy fountain and the storefront for Le Creperie. 

New Restaurants Coming to Walt Disney World in 2021

In addition to the Le Creperie de France opening late 2020, we’re hoping to see the Roundup Rodeo BBQ come to fruition in Hollywood Studios. Originally slated for a 2020 opening and under construction in January, we’re not sure this one will take priority over other higher profile projects to complete sooner. 

Victoria and Albert’s Bistro | Grand Floridian Resort

Previously a table service restaurant at Grand Floridian, Citricos is being re-themed to Victoria and Albert’s Bistro. Given that this is a mild decor and menu change this should be ready in 2021. This new restaurant in part of a larger theme overhaul at the Grand Floridian. The first change happened with the new Enchanted Rose Beauty and the Beast inspired Lounge. And if the lounge is any indication of the kinds of changes we’re going to be seeing, we cannot wait!!!

Woody's BBQ Restaurant
Roundup Rodeo BBQ is a new table-service restaurant coming to Toy Story Land in 2020 as guests live their adventures together at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This artist concept image exemplifies how guests will be immersed with all their toy pals in a fun, family-friendly environment constructed from Andy’s favorite larger-than-life play sets and games. (Disney)

Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ | Hollywood Studios

This new table service restaurant is slated to arrive in Toy Story Land as the a family-friendly and budget-friendly dining experience, originally by the end of 2020. But we’re not holding our breath! Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant will offer the loveliness of air conditioned dining in Toy Story Land and a great way to take a break with the kids. Meet and Greets with Woody and Jessie are probably on the table with this one. 

Space 220 | Epcot Future World

This space themed restaurant with views of the universe has been pushed back since 2019 regarding an opening date. We’re hoping to finally see Space 220 open in late 2020…but we’re adding it here just in case it doesn’t.

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Walt Disney World Anniversary Plans 2021 | October 1, 2021

The World’s Most Magical Celebration is officially October 1st, but we’re anticipating an August 2021 start date for the 50th Anniversary celebrations to begin. This kicks off an event that could last until October or November of 2022. Expect new shows, commemorative merchandise, special snacks and the completion of the 50 magical “enhancements” by the 50th. Even a new logo was made especially for The World’s Most Magical Celebration. Take a look at everything coming to Walt Disney World in time for the 50th Anniversary.

EPCOT Festivals in 2021

Just like every other year, we have EPCOT annual festivals to look forward to! With new merchandise, new foods, and new experiences. Check out everything to know about these festivals below and get ready for an interesting and New 2021 season at EPCOT. 

New Disney Snacks for 2021

We go crazy for Disney Snacks. And are sharing a running list of New Snacks at Walt Disney World for 2021 as they arrive. So what kinds of snacks can we expect to arrive in the parks? Well, just like Disney Dooney and Bourke Bags, Disney Snacks usually follow a  character or color theme and a focus on Disney Films celebrating an anniversary. Here are our predictions for the kinds of snacks we’ll see in 2021.

  • Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary
  • 60th Anniversary of 101 Dalmatians
  • 55th Anniversary of Winnie the Pooh
  • 70th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland
  • 25th Anniversary of Hunchback of Notre Dame

And if we’re digging deep, 2021 is also celebrating 15 years is Cars, Pirates of the Caribbean and High School Musical! So many great things to celebrate we’re sure to see special treats to commemorate them. 

New at Disney Resorts in 2021

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Moana Refurbishments

Take note that Disney’s Polynesian Resort will not be reopening until Summer 2021 due to extensive refurbishments and some re-themeing to Moana. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a spokeswoman from Disney World indicated that the Polynesian theme is making  “a move to a Pacific Ocean-inspired color palette as well as details, patterns and textures from Disney’s ‘Moana.’”

Walt Disney World in 2021

We’ll be sharing Disney plans as they arrive. Here’s hoping you are as excited as we are about all the amazing things coming to Walt Disney World in 2021.


Walt Disney World Plans for 2021 include new rides, restaurants and more. With the 50th Anniversary starting at the end of 2021, there will be even more to do! #disney2021 #disney50thanniversary #disneyvacation #polkadotpixies

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