Can you believe it’s already March? Like wasn’t it just Christmas yesterday?
Okay, so we’re only THREE months into the New Year, but SO MUCH has happened at Disney World in 2021 already! Not only do we have a huge 18-month-long 50th birthday party to attend, but some parks and resorts are already looking a LOT different!
In fact, we would say that parts of Disney World have already been TRANSFORMED in just three short months. But hey, what can we expect? It’s Disney magic, after all! And granted, some of these huge changes have been in the works for a while, but we still enjoy getting to see all these huge updates! And here are three of the biggest.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort delayed its reopening last year to do some big refurbishments in the hotel. The Polynesian has been under refurbishment for several months now. But, in 2021, we’ve started to see some real progress.
So far, we’ve seen the monorail station totally demolished, and we’ve seen construction continue at the Monorail station with beams, poles, and plywood in the area.
We’ve also seen fences and scaffolding surround the guest rooms as construction moves forward.
But, just recently we got one of the BIGGEST news drops — Disney actually opened up reservations for the Polynesian and shared brand new photos of the remodeled Moana-inspired rooms!
We’re especially excited about Hei Hei looking over the coffee maker — what could possibly go wrong?
All these little details are great! We can’t wait to see more!
To say there’s a lot of stuff going on at EPCOT is an understatement. If you’ve been there recently, you’ve probably seen a TON of construction going on as part of the EPCOT Transformation, but it’s all starting to really pay off.
We’ve gotten to see the bathrooms in this expansion area (gotta know those good restrooms in Disney World)…
…and we’ve had the chance to take a look at the pavilion all lit up during the night, along with some INCREDIBLE details in the area, the new Ratatouille Chef ears, Ratatouille merchandise, and talking Remy plush!
This year, we also got a GORGEOUS new fountain in front of Spaceship Earth…
Oh, and we got NEW ENTRANCE MUSIC too! The EPCOT transformation is really starting to take shape at the front of the park.
As if that weren’t enough, the Leave A Legacy display has been completely reimagined and is now a beautiful rainbow of color which you can find just outside of the park entrance!
We’ve also seen some additional panels installed over the past few weeks.
EPCOT’s new nighttime show, Harmonious, is also coming along. We’ve even seen testing started on it! And there’s now a GIGANTIC ring that water and light will shoot out of during the show in World Showcase Lagoon.
What’s amazing about the transformation of EPCOT is that it’s not even done yet! There are still several other projects being worked on all around the park. We’ve seen construction progressing, for example, over at the new Guardians of the Galaxy coaster.
We’re looking forward to seeing everything once it’s all complete!
Blizzard Beach Reopening
Almost a year after being closed, Disney World’s Blizzard Beach Water Park officially reopened!
Many of the same health and safety protocols, like temperature screenings, are in place as throughout the rest of the parks. Face masks are required — but they are only required and only allowed in certain parts of the park.
But, we were surprised to see some things in this park — like how the Refill Stations for refillable mugs weren’t manned by Cast Members, as we’ve seen throughout Disney World previously. Instead, here, you take care of your own refills. Of course, that could eventually change.
Disney World’s other water park, Typhoon Lagoon, still remains closed.
But, if you’ve been craving some time to have fun in the sun, go on water slides, and chill in the lazy river, you can now head to Blizzard Beach to do just that.
So much has already happened in Disney World in the past 3 months (we even got the official opening of Gideon’s Bakehouse and the opening of Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew), but so much more is still in store for this year. Several restaurants are set to open in 2021, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is set to take us to a galaxy far, far away, and Disney World will start its 50th Anniversary celebrations. We can’t wait to take you along with us as each new project comes to fruition! So stay tuned for lots of videos, photos, and more from Disney World.
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