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DISNEY NEWS ROUNDUP: Food & Wine Dates Announced; Disneyland Eyes Expansion; MagicMobile Launches; Jungle Cruise Refurb Plan; April Best Bites & More

Lots of news out of Disney this week with the release of the dates for the 2021 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and news that Disneyland is proposing a multiyear expansion project that will bring many new experiences including a new park. A brand new alternative to MagicBands launched for users of Apple devices, and new technology is being tested at Magic Kingdom that could replace finger scanners. There’s lots of refurbishment news including details on how the updates to the Jungle Cruise will take place. Don’t miss the special April food offerings. All this and more below in this week’s news roundup.





 

1 – Dates Announced for the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Looking forward to the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival? This year you’ll have even more time to fit in a visit. The festival will run from July 15-November 20, 2021. Learn more about what you can expect at this year’s festival at the link below.

Click here to learn more about the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.

2 – Disney MagicMobile Option Launches on Apple Devices

In March, Disney announced a new alternative to MagicBands called Disney MagicMobile. The service is now available for guests with Apple devices. Learn more about the service and how to set it up at the link below.

Click here for more information on the Disney MagicMobile service now available on Apple devices.

3 – Jungle Cruise Begins Phased Reimagining – Will Not Close to Guests

Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley announced that beginning April 3, work would begin on the Jungle Cruise. The Jungle Cruise will remain open to guests while Disney updates certain scenes in the Jungle Cruise using a phased approach over several months. Learn more about what’s changing at the attraction at the link below.

Click here to learn about the updates coming to the Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park.


 

4 – Disneyland Resort Announces Multiyear Expansion Planning Effort

Disneyland Resort has “filed an application with the city of Anaheim to begin the process of updating our existing development approvals to start to lay the groundwork for future development and expansion in the decades to follow.” Learn more at the link below.

Click here to learn more about Disneyland Resort’s multiyear public planning effort.

5 – April Best Bites at Disney Parks

A new month is here, and so are some amazing limited-time food and beverage items at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. Learn more about what is available, where you can find them, and for how long, at the link below.

Click here for details on limited-time food and beverage items available in April at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

6 – Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover Reopening Pushed Back Again

The refurbishment of the very popular PeopleMover has been extended again through May 1, 2021. The attraction has been closed since the first week of March 2020 and has not reopened since. The reopening date has been pushed back many times since the refurbishment began. Most recently, the ride was expected to reopen on April 4.

7 – Main Street Confectionery Now Under Refurbishment

Main Street Confectionery is now closed for refurbishment. Learn about the new look and where you can find treats while it is closed at the link below.

Click here to learn about Main Street Confectionery’s new look and refurbishment.


 

8 – Facial Recognition Testing Now at Magic Kingdom Entrance

At Walt Disney World Resort, Disney is always looking for innovative and convenient ways to improve our Guests’ experience—especially as we navigate the impact of COVID-19.

With the future in mind and the shift in focus to more touchless experiences, Disney is conducting a limited 30-day test using facial recognition technology (length of test subject to change) for park admission. Participation in this test is optional.

To learn more about this limited facial recognition test, please visit Disneyworld.com/ParkEntryTest.

9 – Celebrate Earth Week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

While Disney theme parks celebrate all living things every day, during the upcoming Earth Week Celebration there’s an added opportunity for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park guests to connect with the magic of nature through engaging activities designed to educate and inspire the whole family. From April 18 to 24, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will host limited-time experiences including unique Disney character appearances, fun learning opportunities, specialty merchandise, themed food and beverage, a new Wilderness Explorer activity and more. Learn more at the link below.

Click here for more information on Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Earth Week celebrations.

10 – Celebrating Earth Month with Disney: Taking Better Care of the World We Share

April is Earth Month, and Disney is highlighting their work with conservation efforts. Disney Cast Member Dr. Mark Penning has the details below.

As we celebrate Earth Month, we’re reflecting on the actions we can all take to protect the world we share. Disney’s culture of conservation and environmental stewardship dates back to Walt Disney, who once said, “conservation isn’t just the business of a few people – it’s a matter that concerns all of us.” From our earliest nature movies in the 1950s and setting aside nearly one-third of Walt Disney World Resort property as a dedicated wildlife conservation area in the 1970s, to the recent development of a 270-acre solar facility, we continue this legacy of preserving nature around the world for generations to come.

Credit: Disney

This month, we hope to take you on a journey across our global parks and games and publishing business to learn fascinating facts and to experience uniquely Disney environmental initiatives.

You’ll hear from Cast Members who are working to make a difference within our parks through a special video series titled Field Notes. You’ll also be able to hear from me (@DrMarkAtDisney on Instagram) and Cast from around the world as we share ways you can be more environmentally friendly. Join us weekly for Earth Month episodes of #AskDrMark. We’ll also be sharing delicious, environmentally friendly recipes, a sustainable gift guide and much more.

Across our parks and resorts, we have worked to not only create environmentally friendly practices, but also sustainable offerings for our guests and fans around the world. Disney-owned and operated sites are working to reduce single-use plastics and to harness the power of the sun, reducing tens of thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. We’re also providing guests with hundreds of plant-based dining options and sustainable seafood choices as well as more sustainable products and packaging, looking for ways to improve the guest experience and make significant progress on our long-term goals.

Speaking of goals, I am pleased to share that this past year, we met The Walt Disney Company’s 2020 environmental goals and have now announced a new set of ambitious goals for 2030. From achieving net zero emissions for our direct operations to zero waste going to landfills from our wholly owned and operated parks and resorts, these goals signify our commitment to ongoing environmental stewardship.

Stay tuned to our social channels, including Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment on Facebook, @DrMarkAtDisney on Instagram, and Disney Conservation Fund on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to join in on all the fun and find out how you too can not only learn more about sustainability and conservation but also make a meaningful difference in your communities.

11 – Design Revealed for First-Ever Walt Disney World Resort License Plate with 100% of Proceeds Benefiting Make-A-Wish

Disney Cast Member Tajiana Ancora-Brown shares the details below:

“The World’s Most Magical Celebration” begins on Oct. 1, 2021 – and Florida car owners can get ready to celebrate with us by purchasing the first-ever Walt Disney World Resort specialty license plate!

I’m excited to reveal the design of this unique plate, featuring our “EARidescent” 50th anniversary castle logo on a majestic royal blue background. Inspired by the color scheme of Cinderella Castle, this magical plate is currently available for presale and will also help make even more dreams true, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida and their work granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Interested drivers can purchase a presale voucher* now for $25 plus applicable state administration fees exclusively through their local County Tax Collector’s Office, license plate agencies (DMVs) across the State of Florida, or online through the Orange County Tax Collector’s Office at https://www.octaxcol.com/specialty-license-plate-vouchers/.

Disney has a longstanding relationship with Make-A-Wish, dating back to 1980, and since then, more than 140,000 Disney-inspired wishes have been granted, including thousands taking place at Walt Disney World Resort. This license plate is a unique opportunity to commemorate 50 years of Central Florida magic.

For more information about the Walt Disney World Resort specialty license plate, visit www.flhsmv.gov, and learn more about The World’s Most Magical Celebration at www.DisneyWorld.com/50.

What’s New and Happening Now at Walt Disney World Resort

Earth Month Celebrations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in April 2021

Click here for details on Earth Month Celebrations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

April 2021 – Best Bites – Limited-Time Food and Beverage Items in April

Click here for details on limited-time food and beverage items available in April at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland

2021 Taste of EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival – Now Through July 5, 2021

Click here for what you need to know about the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival!

Click here to see photos and video of the Menu Boards with pricing for easy trip planning!

Click here to see photos and video of the different topiaries around EPCOT!

Click here for photos and video of our visit to the Flower and Garden Festival!

Click here to see photos of some of the food we have enjoyed at the 2021 Flower and Garden Festival.

Blizzard Beach – Now Open

Click here to learn more about visiting Blizzard Beach During the Phased Reopening

The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure at EPCOT – Now Open

Click here to learn more about The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure at EPCOT

Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew – Now Open

Click here to learn more about Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew at Disney Springs

Coming Soon to Walt Disney World

July 15 – November 2021 – The 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Click here for details on the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

October 1, 2021 – The Most Magical Celebration – 50 Years of Walt Disney World

Click here for details on “The Most Magical Celebration,” which begins on October 1, 2021, on the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World and runs for 18 months.

October 1, 2021 – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure & France Pavilion Expansion Opens

Click here for more on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure & France Pavilion Expansion – What We Know So Far

Jungle Cruise – Updated in Phases, while remaining open to guests in 2021

Click here to learn about the updates coming to The Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park.

Star Wars Hotel – 2021

Click here for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser-What We Know So Far About the Upcoming Star Wars Themed Hotel Coming to Disney World

EPCOT Reimagined – Now Through 2022 and Beyond

Click here for what we know about the New EPCOT and what’s coming!

New and Coming Soon to Disneyland Resort

A Touch of Disney at Disney California Adventure – Now through mid-April

A Touch of Disney – Now at Disney California Adventure

Foodie Guide to A Touch of Disney at Disney California Adventure

Disneyland Resort – Opening April 30, 2021

Click here for what you need to know about Disneyland Resort’s reopening.

Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure – Opening 2021

Click here for details on the Avenger Campus coming to Disney California Adventure.

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Chad & Cindy Nykamp

After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent DisneyLists.com at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!
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