7 Changes We Saw at Walt Disney World This Week, July 25, 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 looking for any changes that might impact your vacation. Here’s five changes that stood out to us this week.

Moana Rooms Opened

Many of the changes we saw this week were over at Disney’s Polynesian Resort which has fully reopened — well, except for the monorail station which remains under construction. We especially loved staying in the new Moana-themed rooms. You can see our full photo review here.

Kona Island Opened

Also reopening at the Polynesian is the Kona Island area, just outside of Kona Cafe. This location offers quick breakfast in the morning, and then switches over to a limited selection of sushi and beautiful desserts and sweet treats like chocolate covered strawberries, cookies and cupcakes, and even chocolate-covered bacon.

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Reopened

The popular themed bar experience at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto has reopened. You’ll want to check with the hotel to see when the virtual queue will open for the day, because it can quickly balloon into a long wait or be completely filled for the day. If you’re looking for a quiet drink away from crowds, this is not the place for you.

Monorail to EPCOT Is Back


Brazil Booth Vanishes


The Brazil booth at Food and Wine isn’t scheduled to open until October 1, however the physical booth was in place before the start of the festival. Suddenly, the booth disappeared one night. We’re not reading anything into this, but it certainly was a head-scratch moment for us.

New 50th Icon on Cinderella Castle

In preparation for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, we’re seeing a lot of glam-up coming to Cinderella Castle. The latest that we’ve spotted is this 50th icon in the front of the castle. We really love the gold, royal blue, and iridescent accents all around!

Paper Maps Are Coming Back

Over at Disney Springs, we spotted paper maps and a paper event guide for the Disney Springs Flavors of Florida event. Anyone else love keeping these as souvenirs?


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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