While the Walt Disney World Resort is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary with “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” new changes and additions are coming to the resort!
New Walt Disney World Annual Pass Options
The Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholders program will return on September 8th with four new Annual Pass options, ranging in price from $399 to $1299 plus tax.
These new passes allow holders to hold more park reservations, customize passes by adding water parks and Disney PhotoPass and continue to offer benefits such as Park Hopper, standard theme park parking, and discounts on merchandise and dining.
To enter a theme park, each Passholder must have a theme park reservation in addition to a valid pass. Park reservations are limited and are subject to availability and applicable pass blockout dates.
These new Walt Disney World Annual Passes are available online and in-person, with monthly payment plans available for Florida Residents with valid ID.
Disney Genie Debuts
Disney Genie, a complimentary and convenient new digital service designed to create your best Disney day, will launch at the Walt Disney World Resort this fall.
Built right into the My Disney Experience app, the Disney Genie service will create an itinerary designed to maximize the Magic you can create during a day in the park. Each personalized plan includes the best time to visit specific attractions, foodie experiences, and entertainment, to general interests like Disney princesses, villains, Pixar, Star Wars, thrill rides, and more.
With the launch of Disney Genie, the FASTPASS and FastPass+ services will be retired to create two new options.
Disney Genie+ service, available for purchase at $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World Resort, will let guests choose the next available time to arrive at select attractions and experiences using the Lightning Lane entrance. Disney Genie+ will also include Disney parks-themed audio experiences and photo features to capture your memories with augmented reality lenses.
Individual attraction selections, available for purchase on a per ride and per person sliding scale, allows guests to arrive at up to two highly demanded attractions each day using the Lightning Lane entrance. Attractions included for individual selection include the likes of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and these individual attraction selections will not be not included with Disney Genie+.
Disney Enchantment lights up the Magic Kingdom
“Disney Enchantment,” an all-new nighttime spectacular, will debut in Magic Kingdom Park on October 1, and new details have been announced.
This all-new spectacular will feature captivating Disney music, enhanced lighting, immersive projection effects that extend for the first time down Main Street, U.S.A., and an original song, entitled “You Are the Magic,” by seven-time GRAMMY-winner Philip Lawrence.
In “Disney Enchantment,” audiences will join dreamers like Tiana, Miguel, Rapunzel, and brothers Ian & Barley from “Onward” as they embark on an incredible journey with adventurers such as Moana, Raya, and Judy Hopps. Joe Gardner from Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” goes into “the zone” to discover a whimsical world inspired by the style of legendary Disney artist Mary Blair. And beloved characters from classic stories like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Alice in Wonderland” to contemporary tales including “Luca” and “Wreck-It Ralph” join the adventure. Everything builds to Tinker Bell taking flight, spreading shimmering gold pixie dust, and empowering everyone to believe in themselves and the ‘magic all around us.’
“Since opening day in 1971, dazzling fireworks shows have provided that perfect exclamation point at the end of a fantastic day at Magic Kingdom Park,” said Mark Renfrow, Show Director, Disney Live Entertainment. “From ‘Fantasy in the Sky’ and ‘Wishes’ to holiday spectaculars and ‘Happily Ever After,’ each new show has raised the bar, and the best is yet to come! I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’re creating with ‘Disney Enchantment.'”
Characters Soar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, “Disney KiteTails” takes the magic of nature and Disney storytelling to new heights in the Discovery River Amphitheater, near Dinoland U.S.A. beginning October 1, 2021.
The show’s original, worldbeat arrangements of favorite Disney tunes will fill the air, and a show of three-dimensional kites depicting familiar characters from “The Lion King” or “The Jungle Book” will soar above the water.
“Disney KiteTails” takes place several times a day. word
New Restaurant Opens at EPCOT
It was announced that the Space 220 restaurant, located adjacent to the Mission: SPACE attraction, will open on September 20, 2021.
This immersive and highly themed dining experience is out of this world!
Guests board two “Space Elevators” that will transport them 220 miles above Earth to the Centauri Space Station to experience amazing views and culinary masterpieces from Executive Chef Marc Kusche. The Space 220 restaurant’s upscale, contemporary fare menu includes a two-course prix fixe menu for lunch and a three-course prix fixe menu for dinner.
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