COMING IN 2021 TO WALT DISNEY WORLD
If you’re planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort in 2021, there are few important dates to keep track of as they mark the opening of new attractions.
Some openings listed are officially 2020 dates that may not occur until 2021.
October 1, 2021
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and La Creperie (EPCOT)
As part of a massive expansion of the France pavilion at EPCOT’s World Showcase, a new trackless ride and restaurant will be opening with much of the work already complete.
Join Remy has he journeys through a larger than life Gusteau’s kitchen in Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, which is identical to the one in Disneyland Paris.
Behind Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, a new area is under construction will offers a new dining option. La Crêperie de Paris is chef Jérôme Bocuse new culinary offering in the France pavilion offering both table and quick service options.
Space 220 (EPCOT) - October 1, 2021
The opening date for the new Space 220 restaurant next to Mission Space in Future World is slated to open this winter. Take a special elevator up to 220 miles to a space station where all windows overlook the solar system to enjoy meals and alcoholic beverages that are out of this world!
The following do not have official opening dates but are set to open in 2021:
New Mouse Gear and Electric Umbrella Replacement (EPCOT)
Work continues on the renovation of the Mouse Gear shopping location and replacement counter service restaurant for the Electric Umbrella (expected to a biergarten).
Clearly, these projects must continue despite capital budget cuts as they affect guest traffic flow and are quite the eye sore in the middle of the park.
HarmonioUS is the new, permanent nighttime fireworks show at EPCOT.
As the largest fireworks show ever at a Disney park, HarmonioUS celebrates how the music of Disney inspires people around the world through familiar Disney songs performed by a diverse group of artists from around the globe. Massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, and lasers in a spectacular new show.
Although there is no opening date (likely starting when fireworks show resume in the parks), work is well underway with barges for the show already anchored in the World Showcase lagoon.
Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind (EPCOT)
Construction is well underway on the Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind reverse launch coaster in the former Universe of Energy space. This project clearly still has funding and is expected to open in 2021.
Play! Pavilion (EPCOT)
Construction is well underway on the Play! Pavilion in the former Wonders of Life building, with roof replacement as show piece fittings occur inside. Little is known about this project other than it will be contain interactive experiences with an Edna Mode, Zootopia, and Monorail theme.
The Play! Pavilion should open in the summer of 2021.
Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure (EPCOT)
Replacing the current Phineas and Ferb adventure, guests join Scrooge McDuck, Donald, Launchpad, Webby and the nephews in search of priceless treasure. Using the Play Disney Parks mobile app, guests will journey around World Showcase discovering exotic destinations, exciting mysteries, and maybe even a few thieves, villains and supernatural guardians of ancient artifacts.
Woody’s Round-Up Rodeo BBQ (Disney Hollywood Studios)
Andy has built a rodeo toy set using toys, board games, and some of our favourite characters which hosts a new Toy Story Land barbecue restaurant.
We are not sure if this project is still going ahead but was originally scheduled to open in 2020.
Hopefully more information will come forward on the project or visible progress will help answer the questions on its status.
Tron Lightcycle Run (Magic Kingdom)
Tron Lightcycle Run, a new roller coaster in Tomorrowland has the track built and canopy work continues for the 2021 opening date of the new attraction.
Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser – Resort Experience
The Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser (resort?) is should open in 2021.
This one-of-a-kind immersive resort experience has no official opening date but will offer multi-day experiences much like a cruise, with no disembarking (leaving the resort) except for a brief journey to Galaxy’s Edge.
Cirque due Soleil’s Drawn to Life (Disney Springs)
Cirque to Soleil is bringing an entirely new show built around Disney Animation to the west side of Disney Springs. Drawn to Life, the new show is the first-ever collaboration between the company, Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney Animation Studios as we track the story of Julie, the daughter of a Disney animator who discovers her father’s unfinished cartoon and sets a course to finish it.
THINGS TO WATCH IN 2021
Finally, there are a few things to keep an eye out for in 2021 as we gear up for Magic Kingdom and EPCOT milestone anniversaries at the Walt Disney World Resort.
With much of EPCOT Future World currently under scrim, progress on the reimagining will begin to take shape throughout the year.
With the pause on Spaceship Earth refurbishment, the status of World Celebration plaza (formerly Future World), including Dreamer’s Point, the new area behind the attraction, complete with Walt statue and the projects around it remain uncertain, but something will need to be done to re-open that area of the park.
The progress (if any) on the Moana Journey of Water attraction as well as how the new lands (World Celebration, World Nature, and World Discovery) begin to take shape will also be an important project to keep track of in 2021.
Click here to read more on the EPCOT Transformation project.
Magic Kingdom 50th Anniversary Updates
Ongoing project in anticipation of the 2021 50th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort will also be something to track. With COVID-19 limitations on park capacity and changes to capital project funding, we are not sure what the 50th Anniversary celebrations will be.
Click here to learn more about WDW 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Return of Things “Paused” Due to COVID-19
With all special ticketed events on hiatus through the end of 2020, will they return in 2021? That will depend on COVID-19 numbers and the impact of the pandemic on park operations.
The return of other things such as Park Hopping, FastPass, the Disney Dining Plan, and shows (such as parades, fireworks, sing-a-longs, and similar entertainment offerings) will also be depend on COVID-19 and its impact on park operations.
2021 EPCOT Festival Status
With 2021 EPCOT festivals starting in January 2021 (Festival of the Arts) and the drastic scale back of the festival favourites for Food and Wine and Festival of the Holidays in 2020, learning what will happen to festivals in 2021 now that Disney has time to plan for them with COVID-19 in mind will be an important consideration for those who plan visits to Walt Disney World that coincide with these festivals.