6 Things We Saw This Week, October 17, 2021

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Every week, changes happen at Walt Disney World — some big, and some small. Here’s changes that stood out to us this week that could impact your upcoming vacation.

PhilharMagic is Closed for Refurb

In preparation for the addition of a Coco scene, and just for general refurbishment, PhilharMagic is currently closed at Magic Kingdom. It is expected to reopen on November 12.

Pixie Dusting is Back at Magic Kingdom

Need a little pixie dust in your life? If so, head to Sir Mickey’s at the Magic Kingdom for a free sprinkle of magical pixie dust. This is a favorite way to add a little sparkle to your life. Young and young at heart love this little special extra.

Piano Playing Back at Casey’s Corner

Any return of live entertainment is cause to celebrate in our book! On Main Street USA, the piano player is back cranking out the tunes at Casey’s Corner. Give me some of that good ol’ ragtime!

Holiday Decorations Appearing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Don’t check your calendar, you’re not seeing things. It is still October, but holiday decor is going up. With the herculean effort it takes to convert the Walt Disney World resort into a winter wonderland, things have to start early. We’ve spotted some decor on Sunset Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios this week. We’d expect Hollywood Studios would be the top priority, followed by Animal Kingdom. Magic Kingdom will need to wait until after the last Boo Bash event, and EPCOT will likely not start until the end of Food and Wine Festival.

Port Orleans Riverside Reopened

Resorts keep reopening, and the latest to reopen is Port Orleans Riverside. Yehaa Bob will be playing in the River Roost Lounge (albeit a more toned down experience, as guests are encouraged not to get up and move around or sing along). The Riverside Mill Food Court has reopened. And it is just great to have another moderate resort as an option for a Walt Disney World stay.

Sassagoula River Boat Service Reopened from Port Orleans Riverside

And of course with Port Orleans Riverside reopening, one of the great benefits — boat access to Disney Springs — is also back. Truth told, I could sail around all day on these boats. It’s a relaxing river cruise going through a variety of scenic parts of the Walt Disney World resort.

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Julia Mascardo

Freelance writer and editor, living the dream in Central Florida with my husband, cats, and totally awesome homeschooled eleven-year-old daughter.

One thought on “6 Things We Saw This Week, October 17, 2021

  • October 17, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Any news about when the parking trams will be up and running? It could be a long trek back to our car after a long day walking around the parks if we can’t hop on a tram! And us paying $50 a day for preferred parking on a 14 day holiday to WDW just isn’t going to happen! The heat won’t help either – especially for those of us not acclimated to hot/warm weather! Keeping my fingers crossed that they will be reintroduced very soon 🙂


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