Park Updates for June 21st 2021
Disneyland Paris has taken on water, but Single Rider and other welcome park changes have occurred at Disney theme parks.
Also, Walt Disney World has just announced several changes that will make the Most Magical Place on Earth feel normal again.
Here is another batch of Disney theme park updates that will put a smile on your face.
Walt Disney World Park Updates
If you hate hated the plexiglass barriers at various Disney attractions, this week is full of win for you.
Disney has removed plexiglass barriers from attractions like Jungle Cruise.
More significantly, the monorail line has taken out all its temporary barriers.
The next time that you ride the monorail, you may not think of the pandemic at all.
I previously mentioned that cast members have removed almost all lingering remnants of COVID-19 safeguards. So, the monorail was basically the last one.
Disney Rolling Out the Next Phase
In fact, Disney is progressing with the next phase of attraction updates. Several changes have already appeared at Jungle Cruise.
The Disneyland version will reopen on July 16th with its new look. Meanwhile, the Magic Kingdom ride receives gradual changes between park hours.
When you ride Jungle Cruise next time, look for flotsam and jetsam at the sunken boat. Also, there’s a sunken boat now.
Peter Pan’s Flight has also dropped its renovation scrims. The new building decorations are visible, and they’re adorable.
Some old stuff has returned at the parks, too. You can finally visit Project Tomorrow again after you exit Spaceship Earth!
At Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the pre-show video is also back. So, you can see why that wall has a crack in it.
Remember that the ride opened on March 4th, 2020, which means that people have had less than three weeks in total to watch it!
Test Track has restored its Design Studio section. So, you can finally create vehicles again while waiting in the line queue!
Similarly, ImageWorks at Journey into Imagination with Figment has reopened the photo op sections.
On the rides, Disney no longer requires guests to wear masks. Woohoo! Single Rider has at least partially returned as well.
More Disney Park and Resort Updates
The other significant pandemic story this week involves cast members. They no longer need to wear masks if they work outdoors!
In news that impacts DVC members, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge will welcome all guests on August 26th.
Presumably, the resort amenities we’ve missed all year will come back soon. Disney didn’t announce anything about Jiko – The Cooking Place or Boma – Flavors of Africa, though.
The hotel is already accepting reservations, but it’s still two months away from full operations. I would expect those restaurants to open between now and August 26th.
On the plus side, Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has come back after a prolonged absence. It’s a full character meal experience, too.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has also announced that it’ll reopen Maya Grill this Thursday.
Meanwhile, the next time you visit World of Disney at Disney Springs, you’ll have a more effortless shopping experience.
Disney introduced Shop in Store here, meaning that you can pay for all your goodies via smartphone rather than standing in line. It’s a spectacular amenity you should use!
Across the ocean, Disneyland Paris experienced a quick setback after its opening.
Less than two hours after its return, Disneyland Paris experienced severe flooding. Take a look at these pictures from Adventureland:
⛈ Pretty severe flooding in Adventureland: pic.twitter.com/h0DxbEeTDL
— DLP Report (@DLPReport) June 19, 2021
One of the parking lots looked like it was the new Splash Mountain, too. Disneyland Paris did reopen without incident this morning, though.
Finally, Walt Disney World has confirmed that it will host a runDisney at the start of 2022. The listed dates are January 6th through January 12th.
I don’t have to tell you how difficult reservation bookings are for marathon weekends. So, if you’re even thinking about attending the event, you should reserve a room now!