LOTS of changes are coming to Disney World.
2021 is a big year for the parks! Not only is it Disney World’s 50th anniversary, but the property is continuing with its phased reopening since its closure in 2020. That means we’re seeing some things opening for the first time (like the brand-new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT!), but other things are reopening.
All of those opening and reopening dates can get CONFUSING. Trust us — we get it! So today, we’re breaking down every single confirmed (re)opening date in 2021.
Harmonious at EPCOT — October 1, 2021
Harmonious — EPCOT’s own brand new nighttime spectacular, will make its big debut on October 1, 2021!
Harmonious is one element joining several others that will ultimately make up the historical transformation of the park. And when it debuts, Disney has shared that Harmonious will deliver one of the largest spectaculars ever created for a Disney park!
Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom — October 1, 2021
October 1, 2021 will mark the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. (We’ll chat more about this a little later in the post.) Opening Day of the BIG celebration will bring a BRAND-NEW nighttime spectacular to Magic Kingdom called Disney Enchantment to mark the momentous occasion!
This new fireworks show will also feature memorable music, enhanced lighting, and immersive projection effects that will extend down Main Street, U.S.A.! Disney shares that “this evening extravaganza will take you on a journey filled with adventure, wonder and empowerment.”
Disney KiteTails at Disney’s Animal Kingdom — October 1, 2021
Disney KiteTails will debut as a new Animal Kingdom daytime show at the Discovery River Amphitheater on October 1st!
The show will feature performers flying windcatchers and kites with elaborate three-dimensional kites depicting Simba, Zazu, Baloo, and King Louie over the water… all set to Disney music, of course!
Sebastian’s Bistro and Maya Grill — June 24th, 2021
This Table Service spot, which features Caribbean and Latin flavors, will serve a NEW Family-style meal upon reopening.
On the same date, Maya Grill at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will also welcome guests once again!
Dinner will be served in the evenings starting at 5PM.
‘Ohana — July 9th, 2021
We’ll be able to say “Aloha” to ‘Ohana once again at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort on July 9, 2021! This fan favorite restaurant will serve all-you-care-to-enjoy fare for breakfast and dinner.
The popular Best Friends Breakfast will Lilo and Stitch will NOT be available during the initial reopening, so we won’t see the return of Character Dining here right away.
But we are sure looking forward to tucking into plenty of ‘Ohana Bread Pudding at its signature home — and MUCH more — VERY soon!
La Crêperie de Paris — October 1st, 2021
This restaurant will have a Table Service and Quick Service option — and you’ll be able to enjoy both sweet and savory treats! We’ve been following the construction for months, and we’re so excited for it to open.
You can bet we’ll be here on opening day tasting everything La Crêperie de Paris has to offer! Stay tuned.
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn– July 2nd, 2021
Most recently, Disney announced that Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is reopening on July 2nd!
Again, those DVC villas are already open. However, guests can make reservations for any and all rooms for stays July 2nd onward!
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort — Late July 2021
A MAJOR transformation has been underway at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort! Construction is taking place at the monorail station, lobby, and main entrance, and the rooms are getting a Moana-inspired retheme.
But all that work is due to end this summer! The non-DVC rooms are scheduled to reopen in late July, with their new Moana look. You can book your reservations now for stays beginning July 19th!
We’re excited to take a peek inside these new rooms for ourselves. Stay tuned for more updates on the Polynesian’s refurbishment!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — August 26th, 2021
Disney World just announced that the popular Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge will reopen this August 26th!
This is another case where the DVC Villas have been open since July of 2020 but guests will be able to make reservations for all rooms after June 16th!
The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve — September 1st, 2021
A brand-new hotel is coming to Disney property! The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, near Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resorts, is slated to open in July, with reservations available starting on September 1st.
Guests at the Swan Reserve get all the perks of the Swan and Dolphin — like access to amenities — as well as Disney hotel perks. That means complimentary transportation to the parks — not to mention it’s walking distance to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
With the resort “opening” in July and reservations available for September, it seems like things could be a bit up in the air. We’ll be sure to keep you in the know with any updates.
EPCOT Food & Wine Festival — July 15, 2021
HOORAY!! The 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival will kick off on July 15, 2021 and will run through November 20, 2021!
The popular Festival Marketplace Food Booths have been announced, so you can get a glimpse of the booths while we await full menus for our favorite event of the year! Do note that select Food Booths will not open until October 1, 2021. Stay tuned for ALL the Festival information right here on the DFB!
Boo Bash — August 10th, 2021
While Magic Kingdom’s after-hours Halloween party was canceled in 2020, it’s BACK this year — but with some changes! Boo Bash is officially replacing Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on select nights from August 10th through October 31st.
So…what does this new event entail? There will be Halloween cavalcades, candy stops, character encounters, and LOTS of sweet treats. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy over 20 rides, like Haunted Mansion and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!
Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration — October 1, 2021
Guests were first welcomed to The Most Magical Place on Earth with the opening of Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971, so Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate its 50th Anniversary this year!
The event will officially kick off on October 1, 2021, and will last for a full 18 MONTHS! You can check out everything you need to know here.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure — October 1st, 2021
Guests will shrink down to Remy’s size to scurry around Chef Gusteau’s restaurant — and there will be plenty of 4-D effects, too!
We’ve got a peek at the ride for ya right here. Get excited! Because we definitely are.
Well, it’s gonna be a full year of openings — and some reopenings, too! We’ll be sure to bring you the latest news every step of the way. Stay tuned to DFB!
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What are you most excited to open or reopen this year? Let us know in the comments!