Can you believe Walt Disney World will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in just a few short years, 2021!! With this HUGE Anniversary fast approaching, there are many exciting changes that will be making the most "Magical Place on Earth" even more magical!
Walt Disney, or as I call him, "Uncle Walt", was known for progress and was quoted with saying, “Around here we don’t look backwards for very long….we keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”.
Having said, buckle up guys and gals. These updates to the park already have me making reservations for hotels that don't even exist yet!
MAIN STREET USA THEATRE!!
This (what I just KNOW will be) beautifully designed theater is modeled after the 1920’s Kansas City Willis Theater that Walt would have ATTENDED after his family moved from Marceline, Missouri to Kansas City. This elaborate theater will host World-class entertainment at MK!! The shows could be concerts or shorter versions of what you might see in a Broadway musical.
SPACE RESTAURANT IN EPCOT!
This new table service restaurant, expected to be harder to book than "Be Our Guest" in the Magic Kingdom, will be located right next to “Mission Space” in Epcot and will give guests a chance to dine among the stars above the earth! The space-age décor and outstanding views of outer space promise a truly out-of-this-world dining experience. STOKED ABOUT THIS ONE!
THE FIRST EVER MICKEY AND MINNIE RIDE!
This ride will be replacing “The Great Movie Ride” at Hollywood Studios. This will be the first Mickey-themed ride-through attraction. This adventure will feature surprising twists and turns, NEW creative special effects! Mickey is MY MAN. LET"S GO!
DISNEY'S RIVIERA RESORT!!
Located near Epcot, adjacent to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, this new hotel will be available to Disney Vacation Club members and non-DVC members, which is a clear indication to me that it will be VERY costly. It will get its inspiration from the glamorous South of France! Boasting a rooftop restaurant offering breathtaking views of the nighttime fireworks spectaculars at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it sounds like a Honeymooner pick more than a family stay. Another new perk will be the fact that guests will be able to travel to and from Epcot and Hollywood Studios on the new Disney Skyliner Gondola System...WHICH BRINGS ME TO THE ONE IM MOST EXCITED ABOUT...
THE NEW DISNEY SKYLINER TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM!!
The Gondola system was announced at the 2017 D23 Expo. The Skyliner will have stations located at the International Gateway entrance of Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Pop Century, and Art of Animation with the central hub being located at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. This is HUGE for anyone who hates buses, isn't afraid of heights, and doesn't like having to pay to park.
Iconic Disney characters will be displayed on the outside of select Disney Skyliner cabins giving the appearance of the character riding with guests, so have those cameras ready before you even get to the park!
According to the WDW website, “The design of the Disney Skyliner station at International Gateway at Epcot will be inspired by the park’s nearby European Pavilions and will be covered with metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals and ornamental steel structures that harken back to the early 18th century Art Nouveau style. Guests traveling to Epcot via the Disney Skyliner will be welcomed to the park with a rare birds-eye view of World Showcase.” - OK I'M IN!“The Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station will be the hub of activity for Disney Skyliner. This station is inspired by the open air village marketplaces of the Caribbean and will showcase the nearby resort’s architectural detailing and color schemes. At this station, passengers will be able to transfer gondola routes to reach their destination, or are invited to sit and admire the waterfront resort setting.” “The design style of the station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will fit with that of the park’s main entrance and bus stations. Passengers traveling here from the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station can expect a new aerial perspective of the park’s iconic attractions, like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.” “Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will share a Disney Skyliner station that feels whimsical and contextual with both resorts. Upon departing the gondola station, Skyliner passengers will ascend over Hourglass Lake and enjoy a panoramic view of these two colorful resorts.”
Walt Disney World Resort was officially opened on October 1, 1971, so the exact date of the 50th Anniversary will be October 1, 2021. Walt Disney World only allows you to book packages 499 days in advance..(Yes, I know I know too much about it but it's my happy place, so zip it). That means, in May 2020, you'll be able to book a room for 2021 and you better hire someone to help beat me because I'm going to be first! What are you most looking forward to? Star Wars? Toy Story Land? New Resorts and Transport? Let me know!