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Top Reasons to Book a Disney World Vacation in 2021

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2020 was not the best year at all, but I have so much hope for 2021. Not sure about what is going to be going on in the world, but I know Disney World is going to be the most awesome place to be in 2021. You should book a Disney World Vacation in 2021 because of all the new attractions, the festivals, and it’s Disney World’s 50th Anniversary and it is going to be amazing.

Cinderella Castle all ready for Disneys 50th

New Disney World Rides & Attractions in 2021

Right now Disney is working hard to make up for lost time when they were closed due to Covid. Projects are being worked on again and we have so much to look forward to!


Disney officials said “Harmonious” is one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney Park. Earlier this year, Disney described the show as a beautifully crafted dreamscape of Disney music and images, reimagined by diverse cultural musicians and artists from around the world.

Harmonious barge
The first of five floating platforms to be part of “Harmonious,” the new nighttime spectacular coming to EPCOT, moves into position to begin testing of its onboard show equipment on the theme park’s World Showcase Lagoon, Dec. 11, 2020, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Once completed, these platforms will create a sparkling fountain, providing new energy to World Showcase during the daytime; after dark, they’ll become part of one of the largest nighttime shows ever created for a Disney park. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

Each barge will house a number of show elements including custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, colorful lights, lasers, pyrotechnics and more.

During the day it will be a beautiful fountain for us to enjoy on the World Showcase Lagoon.

harmonious sign

Journey of Water Inspired by Moana

While some of the Epcot’s remodel is put on pause due to the pandemic a whole lot is still going on! While a set date has not been announced for this experience, I am hopeful it will be in 2021.

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana will be the first Disney Parks experience inspired by the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film. This lush exploration trail will invite guests to meet and play with magical, living water. Just like Moana’s friend the ocean, water will have a personality of its own, helping guests learn how to protect the natural water cycle in a fun and engaging way.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Guests will shrink to the size of Chef Remy and race through Gusteau’s restaurant on a wild adventure. 

Photo Credit: Disney Parks

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be the first “other-world” showcase pavilion at EPCOT. The adventure starts in the Galaxarium, a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the formation of Earth’s galaxy and Xandar. Guests will be invited to learn more about the treasures Xandar has to share – until the moment when the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and adventures across the cosmos ensue. The attraction will feature a new innovation from Walt Disney Imagineering – a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus guests on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.

Space 220

In an expansion of the Mission: SPACE pavilion, the new restaurant Space 220 will be a culinary experience offering the celestial panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up. Guests will board a space elevator for a journey to the Centauri Space Station, home to an incredible dining experience. Along the way, viewports will give guests real-time perspective as they travel high above the planet. Once they arrive, guests will enjoy fantastic meals and drinks while taking in views that are truly out of this world. 

Epcot’s New Entrance

The EPCOT entrance plaza is transforming, welcoming guests with new pathways and sweeping green spaces that beautify the entryway. Bridging the past, present and future of EPCOT will be a new fountain at the base of Spaceship Earth featuring three majestic new pylons.

As guests pass Spaceship Earth, they will discover a breathtaking new view of the World Showcase from Dreamers Point. World Celebration will also feature a new statue honoring the legacy of the original dreamer, Walt Disney, plus beautiful natural environments and global design elements filled with Disney magic and surprises, including a story fountain celebrating the power and music of iconic Disney storytelling.

Art concept for Walt Statue in Epcot

Other Recently Opened World Showcase Experiences You May Have Missed

  • “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” is now playing in the Canada pavilion with new scenes, a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington and a new narration by award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.
  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue, the new fast-casual restaurant at The American Adventure pavilion, serves classic American backyard barbecue and home-style craft brews. The restaurant takes its name from Sam Eagle; the beloved Muppet hosts a centennial cook-off – a salute to all cook-offs … but mostly barbecue.
  • The classic “Impressions de France” film is now joined by the new “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along,” directed by Don Hahn, producer of both the animated and live-action versions of this tale as old as time.
  • The Land pavilion’s new film, “Awesome Planet,” showcases the beauty, diversity and dynamic story of Earth. The 10-minute show features in-theater effects and an original musical score from Academy Award-winning® composer Steven Price.

Epcot Festivals in 2021

While the festivals are a little bit smaller right now with a few less booths an no concerts, they are just as wonderful.

Festival of the Arts. The Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts begins January 8th and ends February 22, 2021. More than 100 Disney and visiting artists will display their work. You can also participate in interactive experiences such as a larger-than-life paint-by-number mural or learning to draw some of their favorite Disney characters. Guests can also step into famous works of art, thanks to artful photo ops. You can also discover dishes to feast on with delicious Disney twists and art-inspired menus. And, of course, no visit is complete without finding the perfect piece of artwork or Festival merchandise to bring home.

The popular Figment’s Brush with the Masters returns this year, as well, inviting Guests to help Figment learn about art on a scavenger hunt around World Showcase; your will be able to purchase a map and stickers for the family-friendly hunt at a variety of merchandise locations

Flower & Garden. The Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival starts March 3rd, 2021, and will run until July 5th, 2021. Activities will include seeing all the beautiful topiaries around Epcot, Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration – a springtime scavenger hunt starring Spike, 20 outdoor kitchen to partake in, and buying some cool Flower & Garden merch. I always love the ears they come out with for this and the garden items!

Disney World’s 50th Anniversary

I saved the best reason to book a Disney World Vacation in 2021 for last. 50 years ago on October 1, 2021 Magic Kingdom welcomes its’ first guests. Disney World’s 50th is going to so memorable! Cinderella Castle is already dressed for the party.

I made my reservation about a month ago when Disney announced you could book a room in late 2021.

If you are looking to book a vacation in 2021, I would love to help you plan that for free, I am a concierge vacation planner with Favorite Grampy Travels! I can help you find the best deal, help with planning, getting hard reservations, and even help plan your day.

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