Walt Disney World Resort Update for August 3-9, 2021 by Alan S. Dalinka

Walt Disney World Resort Update for August 3-9, 2021

 Writer’s Note & News (Combined)

The massive information for Disney Parks followers at this time is Disneyland Resort’s introduction of the Magic Key program to exchange the 4 decade previous Annual Pass program it ended throughout yr that noticed each Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure closed as a result of international pandemic and California’s statewide response to it. Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix gave readers of our Disneyland Resort Update a heads-up about this system yesterday following receipt of an e mail acquired by Disneyland Resort Legacy Passholders. Full particulars can be launched sooner or later at this time, Tuesday, August 3, no sooner than 1 p.m. Pacific (4 p.m Eastern).

Here in Central Florida, Walt Disney World Resort’s Annual Pass program continues to supply renewals to those that held passes earlier than the Florida theme parks’ briefer complete shutdown (March till July 2020) and have continued to carry them in the course of the Resort’s phased reopening. Personally, I renewed my Annual Pass rather less than two months forward of its expiration (which already had been prolonged by Disney to cowl the time the parks have been closed and a further month in consideration of retaining reasonably than cancelling the go in the course of the permitted time).

Perhaps the Disneyland Magic Key roll-out will present some clues about the way forward for Annual Passes on this coast however, as these which were to the Disney Resorts on each coasts know, the inhabitants of passholders is kind of totally different between the 2. Passholders native to Disneyland traditionally made up a higher portion of the passholders than these native to Walt Disney World, the place Disney Vacation Club Members and different frequent guests that don’t dwell in Florida additionally make up a good portion of the passholder inhabitants. Indeed, I’ve had a Walt Disney World Resort Annual Pass many extra years than I’ve lived in Florida.

By now you in all probability additionally know, since our final Walt Disney World Resort Update, Disney Parks on each coasts adopted the up to date steerage from the Centers for Disease Control. Disney once more requires face coverings be worn by these ages 2 and up in all indoor places, points of interest, and queues, no matter vaccination standing. Outdoors, face coverings stay non-compulsory in most places for vaccinated visitors. Guests proceed to be required to put on face coverings on buses, monorails and on Disney Skyliner.

You in all probability have seen that that COVID-19 infections are rising, together with the hospitalization fee, right here in Florida, and, particularly, in Orange County, the place Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort are positioned. The delta variant is spreading rapidly, with media reporting the elevated variety of youthful unvaccinated folks with critical sickness within the ranks of these hospitalized.

If you have not been vaccinated and also you’re eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, do your self and the remainder of us a favor: get vaccinated. As was broadly reported within the information this week, in addition to in our Disneyland Resort Update, the Walt Disney Company is requiring its salaried and non-union staff working at any U.S. web site, together with theme parks, shops, and workplaces, to change into absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19. Cast members that aren’t but vaccinated have 60 days to finish the method (and should be aware of the time between doses of the three vaccines out there plus the extra 14 days the Food & Drug Administration says is critical following the ultimate dose to attain the complete impact of the vaccine). New hires should be absolutely vaccinated earlier than beginning work, and Disney is anticipated to debate the appliance of the coverage for unionized staff in coming weeks with the varied unions that characterize solid. Cast members can obtain the vaccine at no cost at worker well being facilities on the resorts on each coasts.

As a visitor, irrespective of your vaccination standing, as I counsel every week, as a result of the principles and insurance policies evolve across the Resort as Disney consults with well being consultants and authorities officers, make sure to verify this page of Walt Disney World for the newest info it’s worthwhile to know earlier than your go to. It’s time I additionally say it: when you can’t go to inside Disney’s guidelines and intensive accomodations, keep house or go someplace else! (And, sure, for this reason the “Writer’s Comment” part is mixed with information as of late.)

Disney Parks Blog additionally teased this week that “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” merchandise will quickly be out there as properly. More particulars can be introduced this Friday, August 6. Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom is now absolutely embellished for the 18-month lengthy celebration of the Resort’s fiftieth anniversary beginning October 1. Photo courtesy Disney Parks.

As you in all probability even have heard by now, Walt Disney World Resort turns 50 years previous in lower than two months, and can mark the event with the 18-month-long World’s Most Magical Celebration beginning October 1. The Resort’s phased reopening continues, however, in fact, bear in mind, the Resort will not be working because it did earlier than the pandemic. In last week’s Update we shared the upcoming dates of leisure choices returning to the parks, and the ultimate dates to catch “EPCOT Forever” and “Happily Ever After,” forward of the October 1 debuts of the brand new nighttime leisure, “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom and “Harmonious” at EPCOT. Since our final Update, Disney Parks Blog shared the newest eating places reopening August 5:

  • Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (reservations now open)
  • Toledo–Tapas, Steak & Seafood at Disney’s Coronado Sprins Resort (reservations now open)
  • Columbia Harbour House at Magic Kingdom

Since our final Update, Pizzafari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom reopened yesterday, August 2. Check the My Disney Experience app for whether or not what you wish to go to is anticipated to be open and what hours.

Speaking of “Harmonious,” Disney additionally shared a “Behind The Scenes” video of the brand new EPCOT nighttime spectacular that it calls “one of many largest ever created for a Disney park and in contrast to something that is been seen earlier than.” I’ll let the video communicate for itself right here:

“Harmonious” makes its “grand debut” on October 1, and the present can have three distinct chapters: gathering on the shores of World Showcase Lagoon, celebrating the nations and cultures of the world, and uniting to create a brilliant tomorrow. Video courtesy Disney Parks.

Finally, my standard phrases about Central Florida summer time climate: the each day common excessive temperature is above 90° all month and it’s the wet season right here round Walt Disney World Resort, with frequent each day downpours and harmful cloud-to-ground lightning. If you propose to be out and about, make sure to have a great climate app in your good gadget to maintain you apprised; because the National Weather Service says on my NOAA Radio right here at house each time now we have storms with vital cloud-to-ground lightning, when you can hear thunder, you’re shut sufficient to get struck by lightning, and, in reality, lightning can strike the bottom so far as 10 miles away from a storm. The excellent news, for the second, is that whereas we’re additionally in tropical storm season, the forecast this week is for no anticipated exercise within the area. The unhealthy information is that the peak of the season, which runs till the tip of November, is simply across the nook in September and October.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser To Open Spring 2022

The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the first-of-its-kind “all-immersive” resort expertise is now scheduled to open Spring 2022 at Walt Disney World (conveniently close to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Disney’s Hollywood Studios). This previous week, Disney Parks Blog shared some extra particulars in regards to the distinctive 2 evening/2 day experiences this new resort will supply.

Disney Parks Blog posted a video dialogue amongst a number of the Disney Imagineers engaged on the mission, together with Portfolio Executive Scott Trowbridge who was the chief of the over-all Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge mission as properly. The 19-minute video gives some extra story element past what has been revealed beforehand. One of the brand new “factiods” is that in Starcruiser visitors’ excusion to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, they are going to see particulars and be taught backstory not in any other case essentially apparant to odd Disney’s Hollywood Studios visitors. The Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run points of interest will each tie in to the tales advised in the course of the general Starcruiser expertise as properly.

To my eyes and ears, the group appeared to spend a great deal of effort making an attempt to steadiness their dialogue with the role-play/cosplay story immersion fully inside Star Wars canon that can be out there to visitors of this resort expertise with the reassurance that those that should not studied deep in Star Wars canon and element will be capable to take pleasure in themselves as properly and, certainly, all visitors can be free to selected to stay a spectator reasonably than a role-player throughout some or all the expertise (or, in case you are speaking in regards to the mum or dad, associate or partner of an energetic visitor, take pleasure in an grownup beverage within the lounge whereas different actions are performed out).

Disney has not revealed when reservations will change into out there nor pricing. With “spring 2022” being solely 7-10 months away, bulletins about each must be forthcoming fairly quickly.

The two-night, immersive journey within the Star Wars universe, is scheduled to open in Spring 2022. Video courtesy Disney Parks.

This & That…

…Humphrey, a Masai giraffe calf, made his savanna debut July 29, 2021, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Humphrey has been backstage bonding with mother Lily since his delivery in June, and now joins the tower on Kilimanjaro Safaris. Guests might establish Humphrey by a singular butterfly marking over his proper shoulder and the heart-shaped markings dotting his coat.

Humphrey, a Masai giraffe calf, made his savanna debut July 29, 2021, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Photo courtesy Disney Parks.

…This Friday, August 6, is International Beer Day. To have a good time, Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs will have a good time by providing a particular $5 deal on all Signature Brews which usually promote for $9.50. The Signature Brews are crafted in collaboration with native brewing companions and can be found solely at Raglan Road. The Brews embrace:

  • Raglan Irish Stout (Coppertail Brewing Co.)
  • Bloomsday Pale Ale (Orange Blossom Brewing Co.)
  • Tri Wishes Grand Irish Red Ale (Crooked Can Brewing Co.)
  • Blagger Organic Blonde Lager (Orlando Brewing)
  • King of Shoals NE Style IPA (Crooked Can Brewing Co.)

The Signature DeCider Belgian White Cider (Vermont Cider Co.) can be eligible for the $5 particular deal.

…REMINDER: Masquerade Ball returns to The Edison at Disney Springs Friday, August 20, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Live leisure can be accompanied by trays of handed appetizers, meals stations, and a devoted menu of unique masquerade themed-cocktails. Tickets are $150 per individual (plus tax and gratuity) and visitors should be 21 or older to attend. VIP cubicles and couches are additionally out there for an a further $250 for assured seating and a devoted server. VIP info is offered by emailing [email protected] or calling (407) 560-8155.

…REMINDER: The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic will return Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30, providing an out of doors pageant that includes limitless meals tastings from the resorts culinary group, and wine, beer and different sips from around the globe. Overnight packages and event-only tickets are actually out there at FoodAndWineClassic.com. Overnight packages begin at $580; event-only ticket choices are $165 per individual (together with tax and repair charges). Reservations are additionally out there within the resort’s new tower, Walt Disney World Swan Reserve.

…Speaking of the Swan and Dolphin Resort, it’s going to host 8 job gala’s over the subsequent two weeks and is hiring for culinary, entrance of home, again of home, housekeeping, and extra hospitality positions. More info on careers on the Resort is offered at http://bit.ly/swandolphinjobs. Job seekers have the choice to use forward of time at https://bit.ly/3xdUrmj and open interviews can be held within the Swan Ballroom within the Walt Disney World Swan Resort, 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, as follows:

  • Front Office and Housekeeping Job Fair, August 4, 2021, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Culinary and Food & Beverage Job Fair, August 5, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • All Positions Job Fair, August 6, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • All Positions Job Fair, August 7, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Front Office and Housekeeping Job Fair, August 11, 2021, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Culinary and Food & Beverage Job Fair, August 12, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • All Positions Job Fair, August 13, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • All Positions Job Fair, August 14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

…And, lastly, since we’re greater than midway to the 2021 Holidays, Give Kids The World Village introduced that its extremely well-liked “Night of a Million Lights Holiday Lights Spectacular” will return for its Second Annual displaying, November 12, 2021 via January 2, 2022. Tickets are already on sale at www.gktw.org/lights for timed entry for the 5-10 p.m. nightly alternative to go to the 89-acre nonprofit resort (that gives critically in poor health youngsters and their households with weeklong want holidays for free of charge) with a glowing tree path, larger-than-life vacation shows, one-of-a-kind step-in frames and backdrops, and luxuriate in a guided storytelling tour of 100 lit villas from the consolation of a tram. Enhancements this yr will even embrace a 360-degree dancing lights present encompassing 21 buildings set to music with six three-minute vacation vignettes enjoying every hour, a vacation market with upgraded meals and beverage experiences, vacation merchandise, and a chance for youngsters to satisfy Santa in an elaborately designed Florida house. VIP packages can be found, as are reductions for teams of 25 or extra. Proceeds assist Give Kids the World Village, 210 South Bass Road in Kissimmee, Florida.

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