The 8 BIG updates to Walt Disney World (and beyond) this week (November 21-27, 2021)

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This week at Walt Disney World, new vacation deals are coming to EPCOT, Annual Passes are pulled from the Disney website, and we’re getting an update on the Disney’s Animal Kingdom renovation.

Outside of Walt Disney World, SeaWiorld Orlando is reopening a classic attraction with a new theme and offering deep discounts on tickets, annual passes and more as part of their annual Cyber ​​Monday sale.

1. New Candlelight Processional Quick Service Dining Package Now Available at Reagle Eagle Smokehouse

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When Disney announced the return of EPCOT’s favorite holiday candlelight procession this year, fans were understandably excited, and reservations for the Candlelight Processional dining package were quickly made within an hour. However, if you’re not one of the lucky few who got through one of these early bookings, it looks like you have another option!

For the first time ever, EPCOT is offering a Quick Service Meal Package for the Candlelight Processional that customers can book same day. Priced at $ 39.99 per person, this package includes a main course, a non-alcoholic drink, a dessert and a guaranteed seat at the show of your choice. Availability is limited and packages are distributed on a first come, first served basis. Customers wishing to take advantage of this option should therefore plan to arrive at the restaurant early. Packages are also only available to customers who order inside the restaurant, and you cannot use mobile ordering to get a package.

2. Most Walt Disney World Annual Passes are now unavailable

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Although it’s only been a few months since Walt Disney World brought back its annual pass program, it seems those looking to purchase a new annual pass during the holiday season may be out of luck. , with everything but the lowest level of annual pass now unavailable. According to the official Walt Disney World website, “New sales of certain annual passes are currently on hold. New sales of the Disney Pixie Dust Pass remain available to residents of Florida.”

While no reason was given for the move, when Disney brought annual pass sales back in August, they included the stipulation that sales could be suspended at any time due to demand.

3. Reserved KiteTails spaces available to annual pass holders from December 1 to December 15

And speaking of Walt Disney World annual pass holders, December 1-15, pass holders visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom will have access to an exclusive seating section during all hours available for Disney KiteTails at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. . Pass holders can access this seating area up to five minutes before each performance using the special entrance reserved for annual theater pass holders.

4. The complete lineup of Disney on Broadway artists announced

Going to 2022, Disney has announced the full list of artists for this year’s Disney on Broadway concert series as part of the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts:

  • January 14, 16, 17, 20 and 21 – Arielle Jacobs (“Aladdin”) & Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
  • January 15, 18, 19, 22 and 23 – Kerry Butler (“Beauty and the Beast”) & Telly Leung (“Aladdin”)
  • January 24, 26, 27, 30, 31 and February 3 and 4 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“Freaky Friday”, “The Little Mermaid”) & Robert Creighton (“Frozen”)
  • January 25, 28, 29 and February 1, 2, 5 and 6 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) & Dan DeLuca (“Newsies”)
  • February 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17 and 18 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) & Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
  • February 8, 11, 12, 15, 16, 19 and 20 – Kissy Simmons (“The Lion King”) & Michael James Scott (“Aladdin”)
  • February 21 – Special and extended final performance with Brown, Strickland, Simmons & Scott

5. New Christmas lights are coming to Spaceship Earth

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Spaceship Earth is receiving a special holiday-themed lighting package as part of this year’s EPCOT International Holiday Festival celebration. Using Beacons of Magic lighting technology that debuted earlier this year, new holiday models will be showcased nightly until the end of the holiday season.

6. Kali River Rapids is expected to reopen after renovation on December 16, 2021

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Kali River Rapids closed on November 1 for its annual renovation, and it looks like this ride is still under maintenance, as it is now scheduled to reopen on December 16, according to the Walt Disney World website.

7. SeaWorld Orlando has special offers for the start of the holiday shopping season

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SeaWorld kicks off its annual Cyber ​​Monday sale earlier with 30-60% off tickets, annual passes, fun cards, upgrades and more. You can check all the offers (available until November 29) on the official SeaWorld website here.

8. Sea Carousel reopens as Sunny Day Carousel

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The Sea Carousel at Sesame Street Land was closed for a few days as it got a makeover to fit the surrounding Sesame Street Land. And now that carousel has reopened as the Sunny Day Carousel!

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