7 Changes We Saw at Walt Disney World This Week, August 1, 2021

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Our in-parks team is in Disney theme parks every week recording wait times, trying food, soaking in the atmosphere (and with this week’s rain — LITERALLY soaking), and looking for any changes that might impact your vacation. Here’s seven changes that stood out to us this week.

Cheshire Cafe and Prince Eric’s Village Market Reopen

We’ve got some major openings coming up soon, but in the meantime, a couple smaller locations have reopened at Magic Kingdom: Cheshire Cafe with its famous Cheshire Cat Tail pastry and Prince Eric’s Village Market with the very colorful Mermaid Slushy.

Flower Carpet Being Removed at EPCOT

Yes, Food and Wine festival has been in full swing for a while, but it does take a while to remove the giant flower carpet that you see as you are entering or leaving World Showcase. Back to regular ol’ sod until next year!

Film Crew in the Parks

At a couple parks this week, we spotted film crews at work. It’s likely that they’re filming for upcoming commercials, but it’s always cool to wonder what they’re filming now.

Kat Saka’s Kettle Reopens

The unique popcorn stall in the markets of Batuu has reopened, but the multicolored “Outpost Mix” is gone, replaced by “Buttered Blue Grains”.

Mask Requirements Return

Effective this past Friday, mask requirements have returned for indoor locations. As a result, audio announcements are back, as are signs in the park.

Refurb in Frontierland

Minor refurbishment work is going on in Frontierland, which means temporary walls are up and walkways are a little more narrow. Also, did we mention it rained a lot this week?

Partner’s Statue Getting TLC

In preparation for Walt Disney World’s 50th, the Partner’s statue in front of the castle is getting a little TLC. We can’t wait to see how it looks when finished!


What do you think of this week’s changes at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments!

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Julia Mascardo

Former writer, editor, and social media manager of TouringPlans. Embarking on new adventures with husband, kid, and cats.

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