What We Probably Will (and Won’t) See in Disney World in 2021

Disney World’s looking pretty different right now as the parks and resorts as we know them have changed.

Cinderella Castle

Before you plan your vacation in 2021 to Disney World, we’re giving you a look at what you can expect to see in the parks! And, we’re breaking down the things that we don’t know about how the parks will be operating too.

Here’s what we do know about what will be happening in Disney World over the year!

Grand Opening of TWO Epcot Attractions

Disney gave us two very big announcements about an attraction and restaurant that will be popping up soon in EPCOT! Over in the France Pavilion, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and La Crêperie de Paris will both be making their grand debut on October 1st for Disney World’s 50th anniversary!

Remy

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is based off its sister attraction in Disneyland Paris, where guests are “shrunk” to the size of a rat as they explore Gusteau’s. Next door, La Crêperie de Paris will be both a table-service and quick-service restaurant with a menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse, who helped design the meals offered at Chefs de France and Monsiuer Paul.

La Crêperie de Paris

Ever since the announcement, though, Disney Park Passes in EPCOT have been selling out left and right! So, you might want to make your plans soon for visiting the park to see these two new attractions!

Take a look at EPCOT’s new France Pavilion expansion lit up at night!

Masks Will Be Necessary in Some Capacity

Since health officials have stated that masks may be worn through 2022, Disney World has already issued the notice that masks will be necessary in some capacity throughout the rest of this year. Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek has noted that the parks will “have some level of mask wearing and social distancing,” although we’re not sure exactly what level that will be.

Annual Passholder Face Mask

A new standard for face masks has been released as vaccines become more and more widely available. These health and safety situations and protocols could affect Disney World’s own measures moving forward.

Molly and Quincy

So, be sure to continue bringing your masks with you when you head to the parks! We’ll make sure you are updated with the health and safety situations you need to know before you head on your next Disney vacation.

The CDC has stated that fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without masks

A Few Details About Disney World’s 50th Anniversary

Disney has provided us with a few details about the festivities that will be taking place during the 50th anniversary, starting October 1st. The experiences will run over the course of 18 months, which means we’ll be partying well into 2023.

Disney World

Mickey and Minnie will receive a celebratory wardrobe as the park icons will get an “EARidescent” makeover. We’re still waiting for details about the special food, merchandise, and more that will be on the way. BUT, we’re already excited with the first look at Disney World’s 50th anniversary that we do have!

Sneak peek at Cinderella Castle’s 50th anniversary makeover!

While we’re definitely looking forward to seeing these projects and experiences, there are a few things we don’t know about how Disney World will operate this year.

The Return of Parades and Fireworks

When the parks originally reopened, parades and nighttime spectaculars were not included in the line-up of entertainment.

Magic Kingdom character cavalcade

Disney has been working on incorporating additional entertainment into its parks, but there has been no sign when parades and fireworks will be back. At night when the guests aren’t there, Disney World has been testing its fireworks, which leads us to believe that they’ll hopefully return in the future.

Fireworks!

We’ll continue to keep you updated as we learn more about the return of nighttime spectaculars!

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Whether FastPasses Will Be Used Again

We’ve seen varying crowds since Disney World opened, but they’ve recently been VERY busy. In part, that may be due to the fact that FastPasses have suspended. Currently, the only way that Disney guests can ride attractions is by using a standby queue, since Virtual Queues haven’t been utilized (unlike Universal Orlando).

FastPass Kiosks

Disney hasn’t revealed that it will be updating its queues or re-introducing FastPass lines any time soon. So, will FastPasses ever be back? We’re not sure right now, but we’ll share any information we find out!

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The Opening Dates of Multiple Projects

Disney World is a wonderland of construction and projects right now as the parks and resorts move forward with their newest additions. But, there are a lot of spots around Disney World that we don’t have opening timelines to right now. Attractions like the TRON Lightcycle Run and the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster

…entertainment and experiences like Harmonious and the EPCOT Transformation

Harmonious Centerpiece

…and restaurants like Space 220 (among other projects) haven’t been giving specific dates where they will welcome guests for the first time.

Space 220 Construction

We do know that a couple of Disney World projects in the works have been prioritized, one of which is the Princess and the Frog redesign of Splash Mountain.

The eight best animatronics in EPCOT

A LOT of Details About Disney World’s 50th Anniversary

We may know about the makeovers, costumes, and more popping up in Disney World, but we have no idea what full spectrums of festivities will be taking place. The 50th anniversary is a HUGE milestone for the parks, so we’d only expect that Disney would go all out to celebrate!

EPCOT

We haven’t heard about what special merchandise, treats, and entertainment will be debuting in honor of the celebration, but we’ll have to be on the lookout!

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Regardless of what we do and don’t know about what will be occurring in Disney World and when, we can’t wait to see each of them as more details about Disney World’s construction, projects, entertainment and more are revealed, we’ll be sure to update you with everything you need to know! Stay tuned with All Ears for more Disney news!

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What are you hoping to see in Disney World the most this year? Let us know in the comments below!

Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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4 Replies to “What We Probably Will (and Won’t) See in Disney World in 2021”

  1. Our family of 4 have been coming to Disney World since 2004 2-3 times a year sometimes just my wife and I and sometimes with our now grown up kids, 25 and 29, but after visiting in February and seeing first hand what is now the new norm we did not renew our 2 annual passes and may will not return for the seeable future. We would fly in from Maryland hop aboard the Magical Express [gone} and go right to the parks and then catch the parade [gone] and then take a break to our room where are luggage was delivered to our room[gone}, Then back to the parks for some photos with Mickey,Minnie and others [gone],Then top off the day with the night time fireworks[gone]. I’m hoping for the magic to return but until it does we will continue to keep reading your great articles from afar and maybe return when masks are a thing of the past and Disney brings back what made Disney stand out above the other parks.

  2. I don’t think Disney believes masks will be used in 2022 and possibly not through the end of 2021. A lot of masks are on sale at the outlets and shop.Disney.com for 50% off. That’s not something they do unless they are closing out items.

  3. I’m not saying that Fast Passes will solve the long lines we see now, but if I am paying the “big bucks” to stay there (which we are in September), we will not be happy spending our time there waiting in long lines limiting the amount of attractions we get on.