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21 New Things at Disney World in 2021

The New Year is bringing new magic to Walt Disney World in 2021. From new attractions and new dining spots to a reimagined resort and a new nighttime spectacular; here's 21 new things to do in 2021!

1. Unleash Your Inner Artist.

Explore the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts January 8 – Through February 22. The expansive collection of visual, performance and culinary arts throughout the park continues to be a colorful way to start the New Year.d Twitter and view how many people have liked a post, made comments and more.

2. Toast the New Year with Some Extra Sparkle.

New Champagne Minnie Ears have arrived at Walt Disney World just in time to ring-in 2021. You can head into the New Year with the new headwear.

3. Soak Up the Sun at the Refreshed Blizzard Beach.

The wintry-themed water park is set to re-open after an extended refurbishment in March 2021 to celebrate its 25th season in splashy style.

4. Be Drawn to New Enchantment.

The new Cirque du Soleil show “Drawn to Life,” coming to Disney Springs in 2021, will be a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering.

5. Get Ready for a Different Kind of Rat Race.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the new family-friendly attraction coming to the France pavilion in EPCOT, will debut in 2021.

6. Gaze Upon The Past & Future.

The recently unveiled Entrance Fountain at EPCOT hearkens back to the park’s origins and highlights a greener, more open and welcoming experience as you enter the park.

7. Hop from Park to Park.

Beginning January 1st, Guests who purchase a ticket or annual pass with the new Park Hopper Add-On will be able to visit more than one park per day. The new Park Hopper Add-On features some modifications from previous offerings in order to maintain current attendance limits and social distancing.

8. Bask in the Cuteness of Baby Animals.

On your 2021 vacation you might catch a glimpse of some of the animals born in 2020 at Walt Disney World while at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris, for example, you may spot young Masai giraffe now out on the savanna.

9. Illuminate Your Imagination.

EPCOT's nights will be brighter in 2021 with the addition of the new nighttime extravaganza- HarmonioUS. The new show over World Showcase lagoon will be one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created.

10. Discover Classic Disney Characters in New Places.

From cavalcades to caravans to flotillas and even special “pop-up” appearances, you can discover favorite friends in new and unique appearances through out 2021.

11. Indulge in Dark Decadence.

Gideon’s Bakehouse is ringing in the New Year at Disney Springs with its Grand Opening. The gothic sweet spot is best known for their ingredient rich, from-scratch "almost half pound" cookies that take over 24 hours to create. Their ever-popular Coffee Cake Cookie, traditionally only available one month a year, will be on sale every morning at the Disney Springs location. Each evening, you can indulge in a Hot Cookie Hour to cure your sweet tooth after dinner. Gideon's is also known for secret Limited Edition first come first serve desserts, offering you fun and unique surprises throughout the year.

12. Watch for New Wild Residents.

On Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park be on the look out for some new wildlife. Nigerian dwarf goats now play like kids at the warden’s outpost near the end of the experience.

13. Brew Up a New Start to Your Morning.

Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew is set to open at Disney Springs in Early 2021 adjacent to Splitsville and near the west entrance and exit of the Orange Parking Garage. Everglazed will have a unique spin on a classic donut shop featuring graphic pops of color, iconic signage, and a beautiful outdoor seating area in the "donut garden."

14. Set Sail on New Tropical Breezes.

Disney's Polynesian Village resort will soon unveil a new a newly reimagined entrance experience and new enhancements around the resort. A new porte cochere at will showcase the iconic mid-20th century architecture. A bold facade that features pops of color complementing the Longhouses found throughout the resort. Along the Monorail station, bold new wooden screens will be covered with geometric patterns in bright, tropical colors that complete an exciting new composition that will greet you when you arrive. Enhancements will also be made to the lush gardens and fountains that have welcomed guests to the resort since opening day. Guests will discover these tropical touches when the resort re-opens in Summer 2021.

15. Reminisce on 30 Years of Disney Vacation Club Memories.

The Disney Vacation Club kiosk at Disney Springs Marketplace is celebrating the DVC's 30th birthday by displaying a one-of-a-kind 84-inch-by-66-inch LEGO sculpture of Disney's Riviera resort throughout 2021. Stay tooned for more magic in 2021 to celebrate DVC's milestone year.

16. Buzz Through New Blooms.

The 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival sprouts March 3, 2021. You’ll find fresh cuisine, creative gardens and unforgettable topiaries as part of this annual festival.

17. Bring Colorful Fun to Life.

The M&M’S store has a lot in store for you in 2021. From its signature chocolate wall to photo ops with loveable, life-size characters, there are plenty of sweet M&M moments to discover. You’ll find a vast assortment of whimsical merchandise, including apparel and accessories upon its opening in Mid 2021.

18. Look for Some Fresh Pixie Dust at the Entrances to Walt Disney World.

Make some new memories as you pass the iconic gateways to The Most Magical Place on Earth to start your 2021 vacation. The iconic arches are receiving a refreshed color palette complementing the recent Cinderella Castle makeover.

19. Add Extra Theme Park Magic to Your Vacation.

Available to book beginning January 5, 2021, Guests buying non-discounted four-night/three-day room and ticket packages at select Disney Resort hotels for arrivals most nights January 8, 2021, through September 25, 2021, will receive an additional two days of theme park tickets.

20. Find Some Savings for Floridians.

Beginning January 4, 2021, the four-day Florida Resident Discover Disney Ticket invites Floridians to visit any of the four Disney parks through June 18, 2021 (subject to blockout dates), for $199 (plus tax).

21. Celebrate 50 Years of Walt Disney World.

In October 2021, Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate its golden anniversary—50 years of making magic! More details on the celebration at Walt Disney World resort are anticipated to be announced later in 2021.

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