And there's even more entertainment, Disney dining and other extras coming this spring!
Some of the most popular and fan favorite entertainment is back at Walt Disney World and there are some brand new soon-to-be favorites as well. We share what's new and what's coming soon to Walt Disney World, plus more Disney Travel News.
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A Look at the Newest Entertainment at Magic Kingdom Park
Magic Kingdom Park has more favorites returning, plus new entertainment filling the streets and the castle stage as part of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration.
“Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire” has been newly enhanced and features characters from “Frozen,” “The Princess and the Frog” and more as they join Mickey Mouse and all his friends in a musical extravaganza on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage.
The opening and finale of the show feature a new song and sparkling EARidescent fashions designed exclusively for the 50th.
The Festival of Fantasy parade is now back – with not one, but two runs each day! Of course the show features the fire-breathing Maleficent dragon – along with just about every major Disney character favorite.
And sharing the same parade route is the recently launched Adventure Friends Cavalcade. It takes over the Magic Kingdom streets several times a day with nearly 30 of your favorite Disney and Pixar friends including Moana, Nick and Judy from “Zootopia” and Miguel from “Coco.”
More Experiences Added to Disney Genie+ Service
Two new experiences are now available in Disney Genie+ :
Connections Café and Eatery Opens This Spring at EPCOT
Connections Café and Eatery recently celebrated a new milestone, with the installation of the first of five marquees. While no opening date has been announced, Disney has said that the restaurant will open at some point this spring giving EPCOT visitors a new fast-casual restaurant and adjoining café.
It is in the World Celebration neighborhood of EPCOT.
The name Connections Cafe was inspired by the core EPCOT idea of “connecting”– by the common bond we share over food and the gathering of people across cultures.
Update on Hawai‘i’s Safe Travels Program & Safe Access Oahu Program
Starting March 26, 2022, Hawaii's Safe Travels program will end, meaning passengers arriving from within the U.S. will no longer have to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a pre-travel negative test result upon arrival to Hawaii in order to avoid quarantine.
However, international passengers still have to follow the travel requirements put in place by the federal government, so testing is still required. If you are traveling from outside the U.S., remember to check before flying.
Also, Honolulu’s Safe Access Oahu program has also ended, and visitors no longer have to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to dine on property.
What hasn't changed: the State of Hawaii still has a face covering mandate for all indoor locations.
At Disney Aulani Resort, face coverings are required for each Guest age 2 and up, and must be worn in all indoor locations, including Laniwai - A Disney Spa, except when actively eating or drinking while stationary and maintaining appropriate physical distancing. Face coverings are optional in outdoor common areas at Aulani Resort.
New Additions Coming to Walt Disney World Boardwalk
Leisurely strolls on Disney's popular BoardWalk will soon offer something new to experience, with storybook sweet treats and delicious desserts at The Cake Bake Shop by Gwendolyn Rogers, a new table service restaurant and bakery that’s coming soon. Scheduled to open in 2023, this restaurant will offer both savory and dessert menus, along with afternoon tea service, in a whimsical atmosphere that complements the magic of the lakeside charm of Disney’s BoardWalk.
Along with this new sweet spot on the horizon, the BoardWalk Bakery will become a new sandwich shop for Guests to enjoy a bite along the water’s edge, joining other current food and beverage locations like BoardWalk Ice Cream.
Through the doors of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, light and airy touches will reinvigorate the lobby, lounge and guest rooms. Just off the lobby, a new coffee bar with artisanal beverages and quick bites will be available to-go or in newly refreshed seating spaces inside or outdoors.
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