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Ears the News: March 27, 2021 Edition

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World Celebration construction at EPCOT

Work continues at EPCOT on the former Inventions East and Mouse Gear into the new center of the upcoming World celebration.  No date has been finalized.

Epcot new central spine concept art
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Details of Disney's Animal Kingdom Earth Month 2021 Celebration

Disney's Animal Kingdom will host several limited-time experiences from April 18-24, 2021, in celebration of Earth Day.  Expect to see unique Disney character experiences, learning opportunities, specialty merchandise, themed food and beverage, and new Wilderness Explorer activity.

Tree of Life - the centerpiece of  Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Here’s a look at what’s in store:
  • Special characters will join other favorite Disney pals on Discovery River Character Cruises.
  • Limited-time specialty cupcakes: the Creature Comfort’s Honey Bee Cupcake, the strawberry-flavored Flamingo Cupcake at Flame Tree Barbecue, or the Sea Turtle Graham Cracker Cupcake at Restaurantosaurus Lounge.
  • Self-guided, nature-themed challenges and earn a special Wilderness Explorer limited-time Earth Day Nature badge.
  • Hunt for an Earth Day 2021 limited-edition Te Fiti Moana trading pin. You can also support the Disney Conservation Fund by purchasing a plush inspired by species that call Disney’s Animal Kingdom home; or check out Island Me.
  • Disney PhotoPass Service special in-park Earth Day backgrounds and Magic Shots, including an all-new photo opportunity.
  • Beginning April 2, you can watch as artisans transform 40 tons of sand into a detailed sculpture celebrating National Geographic’s “Secrets of the Whales,” an original series streaming on Disney+ on Earth Day. The sculpture will be located on the Discovery Island Stage until April 30.

Disney updates reopening timeframe for Disney's Polynesian Resort

Expect Disney's Polynesian Resort to open in late July 2021.  The resort is getting an extensive makeover with new rooms,  monorail station, and all-new arrival area.  According to Disney, the new rooms will be inspired by the Pacific Ocean and the many islands, including details from the movie, Moana.

Concept art of new look Polynesian Resort main entrance coming in 2021
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New look, more spaces and customized confection coming with the Main Street Confectionary refurbishment at Magic Kingdom

Refurbishment is still going on on the Main Street Confectionary.  Many of the treats from the Confectionary will be available at Emporium and Main Street Cinema during the closure.  Main Street Cinema is currently closed and the artwork and collectibles will now be available at Bonjour! Village Gifts in Fantasyland. The Chapeau will also close on March 29.  The hats and embroidery service will be relocated to Town Square Theater.

Main Street Confectionary - July 2020
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Close-up look at the new Chinese Theatre lighting and searchlights at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Chinese Theatre at Hollywood Studios debuted a new lighting scheme this week.  New lightning brings a much warmer color to the theater.  This update helps to highlight some of the features and makes it pop.  

New lighting design and searchlights at Disney's Hollywood Studios Chinese Theater 

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Walt Disney World theme park operating hours extended from April 11

Walt Disney World theme park operating hours extended from April 11.

-Disney's Hollywood Studios is increased by 2 hours, moving to a 9am opening and 8pm close.
-Magic Kingdom is increased by 1 hour, moving to an 8 am opening.
-EPCOT is increased by 4 hours, moving to an 11pm close
-Disney's Animal Kingdom is increased by 4 hours, moving to an 8am opening and 8pm close.

Disney's Animal Kingdom will be open for 12 hours
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More jabots and swags arrive at Cinderella Castle as part of the 50th decor

More decorations have arrived and now part of the Cinderella Castle as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration.

Hands-on with Walt Disney World's MagicBand Replacement-MagicMobile on iPhone and Apple Watch

MagicMobile, Disney's iPhone and Apple Watch MagicBand replacement, is now available for some guests at Walt Disney World via a recent update to the My Disney Experience app.

Disney MagicMobile service is billed as a convenient and contactless way to access MagicBand features like theme park entry through the power of your iPhone, Apple Watch and coming later - Android devices. Most features will be available by just holding up your smart device near an access point, just like you do with a MagicBand. You can choose to use Disney MagicMobile service or a MagicBand, and can alternate between the two for added flexibility. 


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