2020 was an unprecedented year and Walt Disney World Resort made significant changes to enable Guests to be welcomed back. Since July 2020, when the Disney Parks had their grand reopenings, there have been so many updates, with restaurant and resorts reopening, new safety measures in place, modified character experiences and so much more.
In the past few weeks even more news has been released. So what do recent updates tell us about how Disney World will be in 2021?
Park Hopping Resumes
From the 1st of January 2021 park hopping resumes! Guests will be able to visit multiple parks in a day, something that has been suspended ever since the parks reopened.
A valid Park Pass reservation for the first park of the day is required (as well as park hopper tickets). From 2pm Guests can visit another park. Park Pass reservations are not needed for the second park, but if the capacity has been reached entry may be denied.
Park hopping is a much loved feature for visitors to Disney World so it is fantastic news that it is back for people to enjoy! It also shows us Disney are keen to start reinstating elements that enhance visitors experience. The ability to spend part of the day enjoying one park and then to hop to another to spend the rest of the day certainly enhances the magic!
Blizzard Beach Reopens on 7th March 2021
Both of Disney's water parks have been shut since March 2020 but this is about to change! On 7th March 2021 Blizzard Beach will reopen. Five out of the six Disney Parks will then have welcomed Guests back.
In the hot Florida sun it will be a welcome return to be able to visit a water park to cool down and splash around in!
The enhanced safety measures that will be in place are yet to be released but it is certain the park will operate differently to before. Much like in the other Disney Parks the new measures put in place will seek to make Blizzard Beach safe for Guests and Cast Members whilst still creating a fun atmosphere with as many of the previous activities in place as possible.
More Resorts Will Start Welcoming Guests Back
In June 2020 the first Disney Resorts started to welcome Guests back. A number of resorts still remain closed but four extra resorts are confirmed to be reopening in 2021!
With even more resorts opening this means Disney are expecting more people to be visiting. This should mean park capacity will also increase to accommodate more people.
With more resorts open this also means more restaurants will reopen!
The four resorts reopening in 2021 are:
All-Star Movies reopening on 22nd March 2021
Beach Club Resort reopening on 30th May 2021
Wilderness Lodge reopening on 6th June 2021
Polynesian Village and Resort reopening Summer 2021
Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House, BoardWalk Inn, Port Orleans French Quarter, Port Orleans Riverside, All-Star Music Resort and All-Star Sport Resort are yet to have reopening dates announced.
Remy's Ratatouille Adventure is Confirmed To Open in 2021
This much anticipated ride had its Summer 2020 opening date postponed. This attraction was due to be one of the big openings this year but due to the limited capacity of the parks this was postponed.
For a while it was unclear if any new openings would happen in 2021. Any new ride opening always brings bigger crowds and with Disney being unable to accommodate this it put any grand openings in 2021 into doubt.
But Josh D'Amaro, the chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, recently confirmed that Remy's Ratatouille Adventure will open in 2021! This also means the expansion of the France pavilion will be unveiled for Guests to enjoy.
This is big news! Disney are confident enough that they can have a grand opening for a new attraction and pavilion extension and still be able to accommodate the rise in Guests this will bring.
Disney have recently given a sneak peak of how this attractions looks, which indicate it is likely close to completion! An opening date is yet to be announced but it will likely be spring/summer, which is when new attraction usually make their debut.
More Restaurants Continue To Open
Dining at Disney is such an important element of any trip! With over 200 restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort there is something for everyone. With lower crowd levels not all the restaurants opened straight away. But over the past few months more and more have opened their doors.
Just recently Tomorrowland Terrace and The Crystal Palace reopened in Magic Kingdom, both with new menus. Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort also resumed it's Character Dining with a modified experience and a brand new menu.
Over the Christmas period a number of restaurants have temporarily reopened to accommodate higher levels of guests at this time of year.
With more resorts reopening we will also see more resort restaurants open back up and with bigger crowds more park restaurants will open to keep up with the demand.
Disney World Parks Have Been Hitting Capacity For Park Pass Reservations