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Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2021

Special Section - Disney in the Time of COVID

Page 13 - Disney will no longer perform temperature checks on guests or cast members as of May 16, 2021. Masks are optional while walking outside. Masks are required while in line and in indoor attractions.

Part 2 - Planning Before You Leave Home

Page 46 - If you have questions about something you were charged for at Walt Disney World, the WDW Billing Department phone number is (407) 828-5630.

Part 3 - Accomodations

Page 167 - The walkway is open between Saratoga Springs and Disney Springs. Temperature checks are no longer performed as of May 16, 2021.

Part 7 - Walt Disney World with Kids

Page 396 - At Typhoon Lagoon, the height restriction for Bay Slides is a 60" maximum.

Part 12 - EPCOT

Page 592 - The EPCOT touring plan to use before the opening of Remy's Ratatouille Adventure is this:

Assumes Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is not open.

Make park reservations as soon as you know your travel dates. If EPCOT opens at 11 a.m., eat a late breakfast before arriving, so you don’t have to stop for lunch as soon as the park opens.

1. Arrive at EPCOT’s main entrance 50 minutes before official opening (70 minutes on busy days and holidays). Get guide maps and Times Guides.
2. As soon as the park opens, ride Soarin’ at The Land Pavilion in Future World West. 3. Ask a cast member if Test Track is operating. If yes, ride Test Track in Future World East. Use the single-rider line if it’s open and your group is willing.
4. Ride Mission: Space in Future World East if time permits and your group is interested.
5. Ride Spaceship Earth.
6. Eat a light, late lunch. Sunshine Seasons in The Land is the closest, best option.
7. Tour The Seas main tank and exhibits.
8. Begin a tour of World Showcase at the Canada Pavilion and see Canada Far and Wide. Keep in min that a good strategy for dinner later in the day is to graze through the food booths around World Showcase.
9. In France, watch Impressions de France if it’s offered. Skip the Beauty and the Beast film if that’s the one shown, and consider ice cream at L’Artisan des Glaces instead.
10. Tour the Morocco Pavilion and exhibits.
11. Tour the Japan Pavilion and exhibits.
12. See The American Adventure.
13. Tour the Italy Pavilion.
14. Check out the Germany pavilion.
15. See the China pavilion and its film.
16. Tour the Norway Pavilion and ride Frozen Ever After if time permits.
17. See the Mexico Pavilion and ride the Gran Fiesta Tour if time permits.
18. See the nighttime fireworks show if it’s running. Good viewing locations should be available around the Mexico pavilion; in the front of World Showcase where it meets Future World; and between Canada and France.

If FastPass+ is offered, try obtaining these FastPasses at the times shown: Soarin’: 11 a.m.; Mission: Space: 12 p.m. ;Spaceship Earth: 1 p.m.

If FastPass is available but these attractions or times aren’t, see to customize the plan based on the FastPasses you were able to get, at no charge. You can also get free real-time updates while you’re in the park.

Part 14 - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Page 598 - The 6th paragraph on this page references a 2 p.m. second-chance attempt to get Rise of the Resistance boarding groups. That time should be 1 p.m. (it's correct in the next paragraph).

Part 16 - The Water Parks

Page 396 - In the call-out box for Blizzard Beach attractions, the maximum height for kids wanting to try the T-Bar is 60".

Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2020

Part 2 - Planning Before You Leave Home

Page 21 - Our online room reservation service has switched from fax to email, and from 5 days in advance to 30 days in advance.

Part 4 - Money

Disney raised ticket prices in February 2020 by about 6% on average. Here's a spreadsheet with the latest prices.

Part 5 - Accommodations

Page 178 - The Gran Destino has opened at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, and we've updated Coronado's page on the site. Additional content about Gran Destino can be found on our blog here, here, and here.

Part 6 - Dining In and Around Walt Disney World

Page 300 - The Galaxy's Edge Milk Stand serves alcoholic versions of its blue and green milk. The optional splash of alcohol – rum for blue milk, tequila for green – doesn’t add anything but cost to the experience.

Page 318 - Oga's CantinaOga’s has been packed from the moment it opens. Disney makes online reservations available up to 180 days in advance. All tables are usually taken within minutes of showing up online. If you can’t get one, try showing up at Oga’s after 7 p.m. for a walk-up spot. The later the park is open, the better your chances of getting in.

Page 326 - Takumi-Tei has opened at Japan in Epcot's World Showcase. Read our review of Takumi-Tei here.

Page 368 - The Three Bridges Bar and Grill has opened at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Read our Three Bridges review here.

Part 9 - Arriving and Getting Around

Page 456 - The Disney Skyliner gondola service has opened, connecting Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios with the Art of Animation, Pop Century, Cariibean Beach, and Riviera resorts.

Page 458 - Allow extra time to park at Disney's Hollywood Studios in the morning, because of extra traffic for the Rise of the Resistance ride.

Part 12 - EPCOT

Note: Disney has changed the name of this theme park from Epcot to EPCOT.

P. 530 The massive construction project in Future World has begun.

Page 540 - The Guardians of the Galaxy roller-coaster opens in 2021.

Page 550 - Agent P's World Showcase Adventure has closed. It will be replaced by a similar game theme to Disney's DuckTales television show later in the future.

Page 554 - An updated film for China, titled Wonderous China, is coming soon.

Page 556 - Morocco's gallery now displays artifacts from desert rally racing.

Page 557 - Remy's Ratatouille Adventure opens summer 2020.

Page 559 - The film O Canada! has been replaced by Canada Far and Wide. Here's our review.

Page 560 - The name of EPCOT's next nighttime show is HarmonioUS. We expect it to open on October 1, 2020.

Part 13 - Disney's Animal Kingdom

Page 590 - Primeval Whirl has moved to seasonal operation.

Part 14 - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Page 601 - Rise of the Resistance (ROTR) has opened at Galaxy's Edge. With it comes immense changes related to touring the Studios. Here's where to find more information:

Page 606 - The Studios' FastPass+ tiers have changed, and with it, our advice about which FastPasses to get. Here's our updated coverage of FastPass+ at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Page 622 - Characters you can meet at the Launch Bay include Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and BB-8.

Last updated on November 10, 2021

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