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Weekly Roundup: Contactless Entry, Epcot Food and Wine, Disney World Refurbishments and Aulani

Here is what you can expect in this Weekly Roundup:

  • Contactless Park Entry for Disney World 

  • Disneyland Know Before You Go
  • Epcot Food and Wine Festival
  • Disney World Refurbishments 
  • 2022 Bookings for Aulani Now Available

Weekly Roundup: Contactless Entry, Epcot Food and Wine, Disney World Refurbishments and Aulani

Contactless Park Entry for Disney World 

Beginning March 30, guests at Disney World will be able to enjoy a contactless new option for entering the theme parks and more, as part of the rollout of Disney MagicMobile service! Right now it has rolled out on iPhone and Apple Watch and coming soon to other smart devices. Disney MagicMobile service is a fun, easy-to-use new way for guests to experience The Most Magical Place on Earth. The service is offered in addition to other options such as the MagicBand, which will continue to be available and introduced in even more colors, designs and limited-edition fan favorites into the future. What do you think about this new way of entry? 

Disneyland Know Before You Go

As we recently shared, magic is finally returning to the Disneyland! Disneyland park and California Adventure park are planning to officially reopen to the public on April 30, 2021, Grand Californian Hotel & Spa plans to reopen on April 29, Disney Vacation Club Villas at Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will plan to reopen May 2 and Paradise Pier Hotel and the DisneylandHotel will reopen at a later date. But, Know Before You Go, by going HERE for more details. 

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival begins July 15 at Disney World! Let’s all get excited! I know I cannot be the only one getting excited, am I? This year’s event will kick off with Global Marketplaces, including the return of many favorites – Canada, Greece, Germany, Hops and Barley, Appleseed Orchard and others. Even more marketplaces will join the international smorgasbord as the festival continues on into the fall before wrapping on Nov. 20, 2021. 

Disney World Refurbishments 

Information on attractions, dining, experiences and other offerings currently available can be found on DisneyTravelTradeInfo.com/WDW. Refurbishments are very few right now, bu there are still a few. Make sure you keep up-to-date and know before you go.

From April 12 through May 2021, the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool waterslide and water play area will be closed for refurbishment. During this time, the Meadow Swimming Pool, Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool and other outdoor recreational activities at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will remain available. Before long, the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool waterslide and water play area will be back to offer their 67-foot-long corkscrew slide and space for little ones to make a splash.

2022 Bookings for Aulani Now Available

2022 vacations at Aulani are now available to book! Make sure to contact your favorite travel agent. 

Please note the last date of your of your vacation cannot be booked more than 499 days in the future. Awh yeah baby, who is ready to go? I know I am! 

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Mandi is a wife, Mom of 3, writer, creator of WaltExpress.com, and self-proclaimed Disney nerd. She loves to travel to Disney Destinations and blog about her magical experiences so she can share all the tips, tricks and tidbits she picks up during her travel. She and her family visit Disney World several times a year and she is always in the know when something new is happening and she shares it here first! Mandi also works as an online consultant by empowering women to be all they can be in all aspects of their life. You can find her at www.AmandaMiddleton.me

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