This week we saw Disney announce return dates for several attractions, closing dates for two shows, and a surprise reopening. Shall we review?
This week, Disney announced the dates of four returning attractions to Disney Parks and a return date for the Disney Cruise Line throughout August 2021!
Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
According to Disney, Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage will be returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 15th. The show has remained closed since Disney World reopened in July 2020.
As of August 15th, guests can once again enjoy the Broadway-caliber Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage at the Theater of the Stars on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood Studios!
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Monster’s, Inc. Laugh Floor received a reopening date of August 8th, which is coming up soon! The Laugh Floor is located in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, and it’s a fun way to enjoy some monster comedy with audience interaction.
You can text your favorite joke to Mike Wazowski before the show begins and it could even be featured during the performance!
Turtle Talk with Crush
Over in EPCOT, Turtle Talk With Crush is scheduled to reopen on August 21st. Turtle Talk is located in The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion and features an improvised question-and-answer session with the 150-year-old sea turtle himself, Crush.
If you have a burning question for Crush, you can ask him on August 21st!
Wonderful World of Animation
Disney announced that the Wonderful World of Animation show in Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be returning on August 1st. This show includes projections of Disney animations on the Chinese Theater along with fireworks!
The Wonderful World of Animation Show stars Mickey amid scenes from over 90 years of Disney animated films and is a must-see if you love Disney World nighttime shows.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney announced that the Disney Dream will resume sailings to the Bahamas on August 9, 2021. The cruise line industry has experienced a lot of difficulties in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is a big step for Disney Cruise Line.
Although the first test cruise for Disney Cruise Line was delayed, another test cruise set sail on July 17th out of Port Canaveral, and now the official return of the Disney Dream is set for sail on August 9th.
Among all the returning Disney World attractions, we also learned about the closures of two fireworks shows.
Happily Ever After
Just as soon as fireworks returned to Disney World, it seems like we’re already saying goodbye to these two shows. The Magic Kingdom Happily Ever After fireworks show returned on July 1, 2021, and this week Disney announced that it will officially close on September 29, 2021.
Disney indicated that Happily Ever After will not be returning to Disney World, and as of October 1st it will be replaced by Disney Enchantment.
As a surprise alongside the reopening of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, we discovered Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto also reopened! Based on the character of Trader Sam from the Jungle Cruise, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto serves an extensive list of cocktails amid artifacts “collected” by Trader Sam himself.
There was a virtual line system to enter Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and we also discovered three secret drinks! If you like a unique bar atmosphere and a selection of fourteen different specialty cocktails, you need to visit!
Those are the unexpected and surprising things to happen in Disney World this week! Looking for more updates? We’ve got lots of photos of the new 50th anniversary sign that has been added to Cinderella Castle and news about a Magic Kingdom icon that is undergoing refurbishment. We’ve also got updates about the airport train to Disney World, the 2022 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend, and more!
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