The updates and information from Walt Disney World have been coming at us fast and furious. From exciting details on the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration to new restaurants, and updated nighttime spectaculars, there has been an abundance of exciting information. Here’s a roundup of some of these great updates.
Resort Guests Can Entry Parks Early
As part of The World’s Most Magical Celebration, Guests staying in the magic can enjoy more fun with 30 minute early entry to any Walt Disney World theme park. This new benefit is available to Guests of participating Disney Resort and select hotels. Upon arrival at any of the parks, look for “Early Entry for Participating Hotels” signage to enter the park. This is a great time to hit a couple of the most popular attractions prior to the arrival of larger crowds.
Virtual Queue for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
When Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure officially opens on Oct. 1, in order to experience the attraction, Guests will be required to join the virtual queue. Here’s how our Guests will use the virtual queue to experience Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure:
- Guests with a valid ticket or pass and theme park reservation who will start their day at EPCOT can access the virtual queue system via the My Disney Experience app and check for an available boarding group starting at 7 a.m. on the day of their park reservation. This can be done before Guests arrive at the theme park.
- If Guests are unable to join the morning virtual queue opportunity, they may check for an available boarding group starting at 1 p.m. after they have entered the park. Keep in mind, Guests must be at EPCOT to access this second virtual queue opportunity, and access to a boarding group is subject to availability and not guaranteed.
This is the exact same process that Disney has been using with Hollywood Studios’ Rise of the Resistance attraction. The virtual queue for this attraction has been temporarily paused and Guests are able to wait in line for this attraction. I’m not going to lie, securing a time to ride attractions through a virtual queue is stressful. Be sure to reach out to us for tips on how to increase your chances of successfully joining the virtual queue.
New Nighttime Spectaculars – ‘Harmonious’ and ‘Disney Enchantment’
On October 1, two new nighttime spectaculars – “Harmonious” and “Disney Enchantment” – will debut to help kick off our 50th anniversary festivities during “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” at Walt Disney World Resort.
- In “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom, you’re inspired to believe in magic, with captivating Disney music, enhanced lighting, and immersive projection effects that extend – for the first time – from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A. The evening extravaganza features stunning fireworks as well as an emotional original song, entitled “You Are the Magic,” by eight-time GRAMMY-winner and former Walt Disney World Cast Member Philip Lawrence.
- “Harmonious” at EPCOT, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney park. The show, which is a key milestone in the transformation of EPCOT, pays tribute to the stories and songs that unite us all featuring new technical magic that includes special pyrotechnics, moving fountains, special lighting and media.
Electrical Water Pageant Joins in the Fun of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration”
The beloved Electrical Water Pageant joins in the fun of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” with new celebratory scenes featuring a towering castle, swirling pixie dust and a version of the celebration anthem song, “The Magic is Calling,” bookending the full traditional show as it sails nightly across Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. You can view this show from Fort Wilderness Campground, Wilderness Lodge, The Contemporary Resort, The Polynesian Villages Resort, The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, and from Magic Kingdom.
Space 220 Restaurant Lifts Off at EPCOT
The new Space 220 Restaurant has opened at EPCOT. Located adjacent to the Mission: SPACE attraction, Space 220 takes fine dining to a whole new level. The immersive experience begins as Guests check in to the Space 220 Departure Lounge in Future World. From here, Guests will board one of two “Space Elevators” that will transport them to what seems like 220 miles above Earth to Centauri Space Station. As Guests begin their ascent, they’ll look down through a viewport to see EPCOT shrink away; looking up they’ll see the Space Station come into view.
Once Guests have docked, they’ll head through the Centauri Space Station-themed dining area. Inside the dining area, Guests will experience a panoramic view of Earth below, and a variety of work and leisure activities taking place beyond the windows of the Space Station themed restaurant. The Space 220 restaurant menu will feature stellar dishes and gourmet recipes, with a two-course prix fixe menu for lunch, and a three-course prix fixe menu for dinner.