More than a year has gone by since Disney World’s theme parks closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A whole bunch of things have changed since then. Restaurants have reopened, hotels have become available for guests to enjoy again, and fan-favorite shows and experiences have returned. So, today we’re taking a trip in our virtual time machine and taking a look at some of the very BEST moments from the last year in Disney World. Ready to come on this happy journey with us?
Here’s a look at 20 of our very favorite moments from this past year (from July of 2020 to July of 2021) in no particular order:
1 — The Parks Reopening
- July 11th — Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom reopened to guests in Walt Disney World
- July 15th — EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopened to guests in Walt Disney World
The tears were very real.
2 — First Look at the New Castle Colors
Although nowadays the Castle is looking a bit different with all those 50th Anniversary decorations!
3 — Cavalcades
We especially loved when the cavalcades got a Halloween flair…
…and when we got to sing along to some Christmas favorites when the holiday cavalcades came through.
We can’t wait to see the special 50th Anniversary cavalcade.
4 — The Electrical Water Pageant’s Return
What a special night it was when the Electrical Water Pageant returned!
You can catch this special water parade from Disney resorts along Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon.
5 — The Appearance of Seasonal Decorations
The parks are beautiful on their own (of course), but things get even more awesome when seasonal decorations get added! We’re talking about all of those lovely Mickey-shaped jack-o-lanterns and more during spooky season.
And, of course, we can’t forget about the holiday decorations we spotted throughout the parks, Disney Springs, and the resorts.
We can’t wait to see what the decorations will look like this year.
6 — Holiday Projections on Cinderella Castle
We missed the dream lights, but the holiday projections on the Castle last year were pretty spectacular!
Dream lights or holiday projections — what do you think?
7 — New Fountain Revealed at EPCOT
The perfect blend of old and new, EPCOT’s fountain is truly a sight to behold…
…especially when you catch it casually forming rainbows!
8 — New Spots for Sweet Treats
Over the past year, 2 new spots for sweet treats opened in Disney Springs — Gideon’s Bakehouse…
And our stomachs (and wallets and dentist visits) have never been the same. 😂 But seriously, if you love donuts, cookies, cakes, donut burgers(?!), coffee, and other treats, these are 2 spots that are not to be missed in Disney Springs.
9 — Hotels Reopening
10 — Park Hopping Returns
11 — EPCOT Festivals
Enjoying the EPCOT festivals was one of the highlights of this past year. We’re talking ALL the festivals — the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival…
Alright, and to finish things off, we’ll take these next few ones a bit more rapid-fire!
16 — Fireworks Returning to Magic Kingdom…
18 — ‘Ohana Reopening
19 — Lots of Other Restaurants Reopening
20 — Pre-Shows Returning
And that’s just some of the best moments from this year. Of course, there were more that took place along the way, and more that will surely take place in the future. We hope this little trip down memory lane brought a smile to your face! We can’t wait to see what amazing memories we all get to make at Disney World in the next year.
Click here to see our guide to the 50th Anniversary at Disney World and get excited for what’s to come!
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