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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
October 1, 2021 – The Most Magical Celebration – 50 Years of Walt Disney World
October 1, 2021 – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure & France Pavilion Expansion Opens
November 12 – December 30, 2021 – Holiday Season at Walt Disney World
Jungle Cruise – Updated in Phases, while remaining open to guests in 2021
Star Wars Hotel – 2022
EPCOT Reimagined – Now Through 2022 and Beyond
New and Coming Soon to Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Resort – Now Open
Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure – Now Open
Coming Soon to Disney Cruise Line
Return to Cruising
The Disney Wish
Itineraries in 2022
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