Fireworks are back at Walt Disney World!
For the first time in more than 15 months, Walt Disney World is hosting nighttime presentations again.
Also, Single Rider and mini-golf are back, while an ironically named hurricane is trending toward Central Florida. Let’s talk about what’s happening!
Fireworks Are Back!
When we look back at the past crazy year at Walt Disney World, July 1st, 2021, may stand out as the new beginning.
Last July, the theme parks reopened, albeit in limited form and with ample pandemic measures in place. But, most notably, fireworks presentations remained absent for the body of a year.
Last night, everything changed when EPCOT and Magic Kingdom brought back their nighttime shows, both of which are oddly temporary.
During July, August, and September, guests will enjoy their choice of EPCOT Forever or Happily Ever After as their fireworks show of choice.
Then, on October 1st, Harmonious and Disney Enchantment will debut. So, there’s a limited-time vibe to the current shows.
Despite some rainy weather, both exhibitions returned on July 1st. Here’s a quick look at the modified EPCOT Forever show:
I know that some people aren’t fans of this presentation, but how can you not love that music? Speaking of which, here’s the triumphant return of Happily Ever After:
I’m such a sucker for Go the Distance. Anyway, if you’re visiting Walt Disney World between now and the end of September, you can watch the fireworks again!
Then, those Disney fans who show up on or after October 1st will get their choice of the new presentations. So, you’ve got plenty of incentive to head back to Disney this year.
Speaking of which, forecasts call for record crowds this holiday weekend. So, expect the longest lines at the parks since the start of the pandemic.
Speaking of the Parks…
We’re witnessing the last stages of Disney’s wiping COVID-19 measures from our memory.
Only a handful of reminders remain, with one recent change shortening attraction wait times to boot!
Yes, Single Rider lines have returned at Walt Disney World! With Single Rider, you can skip part of the pre-show and most of the line. However, in exchange, you must sit beside a total stranger on the ride.
DVC members know that four rides include this option. They are:
- Expedition Everest
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Test Track
Disneyland has also restored Single Rider at Indiana Jones Adventure.
So, park officials aren’t worried about social distancing anymore, which is a good sign. However, remember that they have collaborated closely with the CDC throughout the pandemic and repeatedly erred on the side of caution.
The return of Single Rider signifies more than shorter waits. It also means that the era of social distancing has ended.
Meanwhile, another Disney entertainment option returned to little fanfare this week. Have you ever played at Winter Summerland Miniature Golf?
You should have. Disney fans receive a free round of mini-golf with many admission ticket purchases. You must read the fine print on the back of the ticket to know it, though.
Anyway, this mini-golf course close to Disney’s Blizzard Beach reopened on July 1st.
Small Talk about the Weather
Someone at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has a twisted sense of humor. As a result, we have the fifth named storm of the 2021 hurricane season that started on June 1st.
This weather event has turned into a named hurricane for the first time this year, and it’s potentially headed for landfall next week.
The hurricane’s current trajectory could take it to Central Florida. And the NHC has named it Hurricane Elsa.
There’s nothing funny about hurricanes. So, I’m not going to make any jokes here, but the irony of Hurricane Elsa heading to Walt Disney World is thick.
Thankfully, I researched this exhaustively a few weeks ago for a different publication. In doing so, I realized that Walt Disney World has only closed for hurricanes about one day every four or five years since the mid-90s.
We talk about hurricanes much more often than they impact the mainland portions of Florida. However, if you live on the coast, please pay attention to the news and plan accordingly. Be safe, my friends.
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