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DISNEY NEWS ROUNDUP: New Changes to Face Mask Policy; More Restaurants Reopening; New Details on Harmonious & Star Wars Hotel; Adult Only Areas on DCL Wish Revealed & More

Happy August! This week in Disney news brought us a lot more detail on some upcoming projects like Harmonious and the Star Wars-themed hotel. It also brought us news of a changed to Disney’s policy on face masks in the parks. We learned that four more restaurants are reopening soon, and we got a peek at some adults only offerings on the new Disney Cruise Line ship, the Wish. All this and more below in this week’s news roundup below.





 

1 – Disney Revises Face Covering Policy at Walt Disney World and Disneyland After New CDC Guidelines

Based on new guidelines released by the CDC and local official recommendations, Walt Disney World and Disneyland revised face covering policy to require all guests to wear face coverings indoors, and on Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status. This includes upon entering and throughout all attractions. Face coverings remain optional for all Guests in outdoor common areas. Learn more at the link below.

Click here to read the full official policy about face coverings at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Click here for our overview of visiting Walt Disney World during the phased reopening and what you need to know.

2 – More Restaurants Reopening at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is reopening four restaurants in August. They include Columbia Harbor House, Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, Yachtsman Steakhouse, and Pizzafari. Get the reopening date and a look at new menu items at the link below.

Click here to learn more about the four restaurants reopening in August at Walt Disney World.

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3 – Disney Releases New Details on Upcoming “Harmonious” at EPCOT

“Harmonious” at EPCOT will debut October 1, 2021, replacing EPCOT Forever. It will be one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park. This new show will bring the globe together at World Showcase Lagoon in a celebration of Disney music that inspires people worldwide and. This week, Disney released more information about the story of the show. Learn more at the link below.

Click here for more detail on “Harmonious” coming to EPCOT.


 

4 – Disney Imagineers Share More Details on Upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser – Star Wars-Themed Hotel

We’re all excited about the upcoming Star Wars-themed hotel coming to Walt Disney World next year. This week Disney Imagineers shared new details on what guests can experience during their epic stay. Disney also narrowed down the opening date to spring 2022. Catch all the details at the link below.

Click here for details on the upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser – the Star Wars-themed hotel.

5 – Disney Cruise Line Reveals New Spaces and Entertainment Just for Adults on Disney Wish

Disney Cruise Line has unveiled even more ways for adults to pamper and play, sip and swim, escape and indulge aboard its newest ship, Disney Wish, in summer 2022. In addition to a previously announced Star Wars-themed lounge and fine dining experiences inspired by “Beauty and the Beast,” the Disney Wish will debut a variety of brand-new venues for adults, including the fleet’s first outdoor spa retreat, unique salon and barbershop experiences, and a collection of upscale bars and lounges sure to suit the tastes of every guest. Learn more at the link below.

Click here to learn all about new spaces and entertainment for adults aboard the Disney Wish.

6 – Disneyland App Update Brings More Magic to Guests

The Disneyland app is getting more features that will help guests have an even more magical vacation experience. Coming soon is a new digital key, along with more places for Mobile Order. Learn more at the link below.

Click here to learn more about the updates coming to the Disneyland app.

7 – Giraffe Calf Makes Savanna Debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Humphrey, a Masai giraffe calf, made his savanna debut July 29, 2021, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Humphrey has been backstage bonding with mom Lily since his birth in June, and now joins the troop on Kilimanjaro Safaris. Guests may “spot” Humphrey by his unique butterfly marking over his right shoulder and the heart-shaped markings dotting his coat.


 

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

2021 Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival – Now Through November 20, 2021

Click here for the seven reasons you don’t want to miss the 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.

Click here for photos of the menu boards with pricing for easy planning.

Click here for full menus and lots of photos of items available.

Click here for our Instagram Story with photos of food and beverage items, merchandise, and more.

Coming Soon to Walt Disney World

Upcoming Resort Reopenings

  • August 26 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • August 26 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House
  • September 16 – All-Star Sports Music Resort
  • October 14 – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – River Side
  • October 28 – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • December 9 – All-Star Sports Resort

August 10 – October 31, 2021 – Disney After Hours Boo Bash

Click here to learn about the all-new Disney After Hours Boo Bash coming in fall 2021 at Magic Kingdom.

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

November 12 – December 30, 2021 – Holiday Season at Walt Disney World

Click here for details on the 2021 holiday offerings at Walt Disney World.

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 – 2022

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

Disneyland Resort – Now Open

Click here for details on the reimagined Snow White’s Enchanted Wish – now open!

Halloween Time is Back This Fall at Disneyland Resort

Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure – Now Open

Click here for more on the Avengers Campus! Now open at Disney California Adventure!

Click here for details on food and beverage offerings inside Avengers Campus.

Click here for information on merchandise available inside Avengers Campus.

Coming Soon to Disney Cruise Line

Return to Cruising

Click here for details on Disney Cruise Line’s return to sailing and the new safety protocols that will be in place.

The Disney Wish

Click here for an overview of the next Disney Cruise Line Ship – The Disney Wish – Coming Summer 2022

Click here for information on bookings for the inaugural season in summer 2022.

Click here for more information on new dining experiences on the Disney Wish.

Itineraries in 2022

Click here to learn about Summer 2022 Itineraries on the Disney Cruise Line

Click here to learn about Early 2022 Itineraries on the Disney Cruise Line

Click here to learn about Marvel Day at Sea and Star Wars Day at Sea in Early 2022

Click here to learn about Halloween and Holiday Themed Cruises in fall 2022

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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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