It’s been over a year since Walt Disney World reopened, but we are still missing lots of things at the parks.
Going to Disney World meant getting to hug your favorite characters, enjoy themed parties during special holidays, planning around your fastpasses to get the most of your visit and end the day with a beautiful fireworks show.
The good thing is Disney has been offering modified versions of these things for guests to enjoy during their vacation. Let’s take a look at what we are missing the most and what alternatives they are offering:
When it comes to amazing fireworks shows, Disney is the #1 for sure! Their nighttime spectaculars are always magical. This offering is currently unavailable due to health and safety guidelines but we are hoping we can see them back soon!
HALLOWEEN & CHRISTMAS PARTIES
Disney makes parties like no other, if you have ever attended a Halloween or Christmas party, you know they are worth the money. This past year these events were cancelled but they still offered cavalcades, fun decor and tasty treats.
Recently, Disney announced what is coming for Halloween to Magic Kingdom this year, while the regular Halloween party is still suspended, they are offering the Disney After Hours Boo Bash on October 31st. There are still no news about what’s coming for Christmas this year.
Going to Disney World and meeting your favorite characters was always a must do! Right now in order to keep everyone safe, this experience has been modified, you might not be able to get super close or hug them but you can still meet them and take pictures while socially distancing. You are also now allowed to remove your face mask when taking pictures outdoors, so that’s a step closer to going back to normal.
FastPass+ has always been a great way to plan your day and get the most out of your visit without having to waste too much time making lines. Right now this option is not available so guests have to wait in the regular line in order to enjoy their favorite attractions.
This option was suspended mainly to being able to comply with social distancing in the queues. But as the parks capacity keeps increasing and social distancing keeps getting reduced, we might see the FastPass+ option coming back soon.
The Disney Dining Plan and character dining has been suspended since the parks reopened last year, in order to comply with social distancing measures and restaurant capacities. But as the parks move forward and start bringing back more experiences, we might see the dining plan coming back soon as well.
Another thing suspended last year was the Annual Passholder Program, but they might be coming back soon. In a recent email sent to current annual passholders, Disney mentions annual pass purchases and renewals made August 16, 2021 and beyond, so there’s speculation that sales with resume very soon.
So there you go, these are the experiences we miss the most at Walt Disney World and hope will be returning very soon!