Breaking News from Walt Disney World and Disneyland
Beginning Friday, July 31st, face coverings will once again be required for all guests 2+ at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Guests will be required, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings in all indoor locations and upon entering and throughout all attractions and in enclosed transportation vehicles, including shuttles, buses, monorails and at Disney Skyliner. Disney's official statement is below.
"We are adapting our health and safety guidelines based on guidance from health and government officials, and will require Cast Members and Guests ages 2 and up, to wear face coverings in all indoor locations at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort beginning Friday, July 30, regardless of vaccination status. At Walt Disney World Resort, this includes upon entering and throughout all attractions and in enclosed transportation vehicles, including shuttles, buses, monorails and at Disney Skyliner."
I strongly recommend checking both Walt Disney World and Disneyland's "Know Before You Go" sections often, as information continues to be updated. Stay tuned for more travel updates.
I'm always looking for ways to keep folks in the loop with all-things travel. In my newsletter, I frequently share links to great travel finds on Amazon.
Below are the Top 10 most-purchased items by my readers this week. To sign up for my newsletter full of travel tips, news, and pixie dust, enter your email address at the bottom of this page!
This post may contain affiliate links, which means that I may earn a small commission at no cost to you.
#1 - Personal Neck Fan
#2 - Adidas Fanny Pack
#3 - Stroller Fan
#4 - Water Bottle Carrier with Adjustable Strap
#5 - FUNKYMONKEY Sandals
#6 - Kids Travel Tray
#7 - AirPods & Case
#8 - Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite
#9 - Disney Carry-On Luggage
#10 - Headrest Hooks
All About People Eaters
I shared about People Eaters as a "Travel Tip Tuesday" across social media yesterday, but I got tons of questions and "aha" moments in my DMs, so I've decided to let this post live in blog infamy!
You’ve probably seen photos or videos of long lines at Disney parks. (And some of those lines look loooooooong, I know!) Many people want to blame those lines on the fact that FastPasses won't return. Really, though, there aren’t enough “People Eaters” around!
So what is a People Eater? (No, I don't mean the one-eyed, one-horned flying kind!) People Eaters are shows, meet & greets, offerings, etc. that would typically attract thousands of people daily. Since most People Eaters aren’t currently open, those crowds are all in ride queues.
Don’t let the lines scare you, though! Disney Cast Members are working hard to keep the lines running smoothly. During my last several trips, our wait times were actually shorter than what was listed most of the time.
See what I packed for a June 2021 trip here.
My clients all receive park touring tips to help beat the crowds and tour like a pro! I offer planning services for both clients who book through me, as well as clients who book on their own.
Click here to become a concierge client and get all of my tips, tricks, hacks, and money-savers on your next Disney vacation.
More Dining Options Returning!
Calling all foodies! Disney has announced the reopening of four dining locations!
2 quick-service restaurants and 2 table service restaurants are returning in August. Keep reading to learn everything we know about the reopening of these fan-favorites.
Beginning August 2nd, Pizzafari at Animal Kingdom will reopen. This quick-service location offers pizza (of course!) but you'll also find chicken parm sandwich, a green and grains salad, and specialty cupcakes and beverages!
Beginning August 5th, Columbia Harbour House at Magic Kingdom will reopen again! Seafood favorites are back, including the Lobster Roll and Trio Platter, as well as chicken strips, hushpuppies, the Lighthouse Sandwich (my personal favorite!!!!), and the Harbour Salad.
Looking for a sit-down dining experience? 2 popular locations are also reopening!
Yachtsman Steakhouse, at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, reopens August 5, 2021, with booking available July 29th. In addition to their signature steaks and chops, the Chilled Admiral’s Tower for Two is back as well as the creamy Lobster Bisque and the Yachtsman’s Chocolate Cake for Two.
Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, located at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will also reopen August 5, 2021, with booking also available July 29th. Here, you'll sample small plates and dishes inspired by the flavors of Spain. The signature Chuletón Bone-in Rib Eye is on the menu along with Char-grilled Steak, Rioja-braised Chicken, and “Café con Leche” Choux.
All of my clients receive my professional dining recommendations and important details about booking advanced dining reservations. To become one of my concierge clients, contact me!
It’s time to experience the magic of Disney at sea once again!! The Disney Dream will begin cruising from Florida on August 9th!
Tropical voyages to the Bahamas will depart from Port Canaveral, Florida. All sailings will be 3 and 4 night cruises and all will stop at Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. These sailings will be overflowing with magic, including beloved character encounters, enchanting Broadway-style musicals, a fireworks display at sea, and more!
Procedures that are being implemented for the well-being of Guests and Crew Members include:
For pricing or more information about Disney Cruise Line, contact me!
It’s been really great this summer to see so much of the magic returning to the parks. Today, Disney announced the return of FOUR fan-favorite shows!
In other Disney news, we did find out that EPCOT's "EPCOT Forever" will end its run on September 28th, while "Happily Ever After" will conclude its run on September 29th at Magic Kingdom.
All-new nighttime spectaculars “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom and “Harmonious” at EPCOT will debut October 1st as part of The World’s Most Magical Celebration.
To book your 2021 or 2022 Walt Disney World stay, contact me as soon as possible to secure your room and rates.
Walt Disney World will be adding a brand new special-ticketed holiday event this year! "Disney Very Merriest After Hours" will debut November 8th and run through December 21st. Read to find out everything we know so far!
While we already know about some other exciting holiday happenings around Walt Disney World, the announcement of "Disney Very Merriest After Hours" is really the cherry on top!
This all-new special-ticketed event will last for FOUR hours! It will include:
If you haven't experienced other Disney After Hours events, this will be a great one to start with! After Hours events only have a limited number of tickets sold per event. The events are held after regular park operating hours. This means lower crowds AND lower wait times on more than 20 attractions!
Tickets will go on sale in August, with an early purchase window available to guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.
Disney Resort hotel rooms are already booking up in anticipation of this event. If you and your family are considering a stay during the holidays, contact me soon to secure your room!
The holidays are a favorite time of year, and it’s official – the merry season will begin Nov. 12 at Walt Disney World Resort during “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” marking the 50th anniversary! You'll find magic, seasonal food & drink favorites, and more at each of the theme parks, hotels, and at Disney Springs!
We are seeing unprecedented bookings for the holiday season this year. To make sure that you and your family get to experience the magic, contact me as soon as possible!
Not only will decorations return to Main Street, U.S.A., but in the evenings, special holiday projections will appear most nights on Cinderella Castle, alternating with the castle’s transformation into a Beacon of Magic.
Even more exciting is Disney's announcement of “Disney Very Merriest After Hours,” a BRAND NEW special-ticketed event. It will debut November 8 and run through select nights through December 21. The four hours of festivities will include fireworks, Disney characters throughout the park, holiday music and décor, treats, and so much more! Read more about that event.
The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will return this year from November 26 through December 30! Enjoy Holiday Kitchens around the park, performances by Voices of Liberty, the fan-favorite Cookie Stroll and more!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Sunset Seasons Greetings returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as the Hollywood Holiday Tower Hotel on Sunset Boulevard will feature special holiday projection effects, which will also alternate with the tower’s nightly transformation into a Beacon of Magic. In addition, Santa Claus will join a motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard, Minnie Mouse is returning to host her holiday meal at Hollywood & Vine, and vintage-themed holiday décor will shine bright across the park.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Seasonal décor and festive Disney character flotillas will return to Animal Kingdom. The Tree of Life, another Beacon of Magic, will also feature a holiday edition of Tree of Life Awakenings most nights.
The shopping, dining, and entertainment destination will transform into a winter wonderland, full of sparkling lights, enchanting décor and holiday surprises. This year sees the return of the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll, with elaborately decorated, Disney-themed trees – some new and some inspired by “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.” A magical snowfall will add a touch of wonder for holiday shoppers in Town Center.
Disney Resort Hotels
Disney Resort hotels will be decked for the holidays, with iconic trees and other seasonal touches. AND a fan-favorite will return this year....select gingerbread displays will once again be part of our holiday season! At select resorts, restaurants will offer holiday menus and specialty food and drink.
Top Amazon Purchases 7/12-7/19
I'm always looking for ways to keep you in the loop with all-things travel. Here are your Top 10 most-purchased travel items from July 12-19, according to Amazon!
This week, I noticed a lot more items for kids. (The travel tray seems really cool!) There are also a few new things I’m dying to try/get, like a Star Wars Loungefly and an electrolyte powder. I noticed a few of my favorite items are still popular among you guys, including my Adidas fanny pack and park shoes!
(This post includes affiliate links.)
#1 - Personal Neck Fan
#2 - Adidas Fanny Pack (love that you guys love this, too!)
#3 - Water Bottle Carrier with Adjustable Strap
#4 - FUNKYMONKEY Slides (aka the best park shoes ever)
#5 - Kids Travel Tray (seems so cool!)
#6 - Star Wars Loungefly Mini Backpack (note to self: GET THIS!)
#7 - Headrest Hook for Car (looks like it comes in a 4 pack!)
#8 - Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite (perfect for pool/beach)
#9 - Liquid IV Electrolyte Powder (hmm..might need to try this!)
#10 - Stroller Fan
EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Presented by CORKCICLE Opening July 15
It's no secret that the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is my absolute favorite! This year, the festival will run from July 15-November 20, which means there are 129 days to celebrate and enjoy the best food and drinks around! This years festival will feature SEVEN new marketplaces. Read to find out more!
In addition to the food booths, Emile’s Fromage Montage is perfect for cheese-lovers (like me!) To participate, simply check your Festival Passport for the five select marketplaces to purchase cheese dishes, collect their stamps, then head over to Shimmering Sips for a special prize! The whole family can also participate in Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, a scavenger hunt looking for Remy statuettes hidden all over the festival.
To book a stay during the Food & Wine festival, contact me!