8 Changes We Saw at Walt Disney World This Week, June 27, 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 eight changes that stood out to us this week.

Jungle Cruise Continues to be Updated

The modification of the Jungle Cruise continues, and late last week, but after our weekly update had gone to press, we got to see the new scene where a Jungle Cruise boat has sunk into hippo-filled waters. I personally can’t wait to see what jokes develop with this new scene.

Playgrounds Begin to Reopen

Parents will be thrilled that playground areas around Walt Disney World are beginning to reopen. Still no word about the Boneyard at Animal Kingdom, which is one of the best playgrounds ever devised at Walt Disney World, but hopefully soon kids will have more space to burn off some steam.

Hollywood Studios Scooter Rental Location Changed

The location for ECV rental at Hollywood Studios is now outside of the main gate, to the right as you’re standing facing the entrance tapstiles, at the package pickup location. For wheelchairs and strollers, you still will need to look at Oscar’s inside the main entrance.

Tusker House Reopens

Another dining location has reopened–Tusker House is back, and we tried it out for breakfast and lunch.

Baby Grace Continues to be Cute

Not really news, but Grace, the not-so-much-of-a-baby-but-will-always-be-a-baby-to-us gorilla at Disney’s Animal Kingdom continues to be cute. We had to share this info, since that is very important to note. She was having a lot of fun playing with a sheet the other day.

Contemporary Redo Theme Announced

Although it has been pretty well known for a while, the official announcement about the Incredibles theme coming to the Contemporary was made this week. Judging by reaction on Twitter, not everyone thought this was. . . super. Hopefully when it has opened up so people can experience for themselves, it will exceed their expectations.

Casey’s Is So Close We Can Almost Taste It

We’re getting closer and closer to the reopening of Casey’s Corner. I know there’s a lot of people looking forward to its return.

Fireworks Are Back. . . .ish

Speaking of returns, fireworks are somewhat back. Testing occurred last night for Happily Ever After at 11:30 p.m. Another round of late-night high-in-the-sky pyrotechnics will occur on the 29th at 11:30 p.m. Regular nightly showings of Happily Ever After begin on July 1, along with the return of EPCOT Forever. We’ll have folks in the parks to cover both of these returns. From last night, you can see some of the sights and sounds from Ivonne’s video from the Polynesian over on our Twitter account. This photo is what my view was like last night, watching from my back porch along with our cat, Sushi, who was just a tiny kitten when fireworks stopped. She was really amazed to see them for the first time in her memory.

 

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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