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Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat Ceremony returns to Walt Disney World
On July 1, 2021, the Magic Kingdom Flag Retreat Ceremony returned to the Magic Kingdom. During the ceremony, an active military member or veteran is chosen from among the park's daily visitors. The ceremony includes the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of "God Bless America" and the "Star Spangled Banner" accompanied by the Main Street Philharmonic marching band.
Paid replacement for FastPass+ for Walt Disney World seems to be a step closer with a new ride reservation system coming to Disneyland Paris
This summer, a new paid reservation system was reported to come to Disneyland Paris. The Premier Access at Disneyland Paris offers direct access to a specific attraction during a specified time window. The price is unknown at this time. An example at Walt Disney World could be as follows. Upon entering Disney's Hollywood Studios, the new Disney Genie app will alert that the Rise of the Resistance is available at 9:30am for $10 per person. You can make the purchase in-app and head to the ride.
If guests do not want to pay, guests will have the opportunity to enter a regular standby line during less busy times. When busy, the second route opens where guests will need to enter a virtual queue. This is different than the current system of Rise of the Resistance. Instead, it gives a return window for guests to enter the line. In some cases, a standby line will not be available.
Some welcomed the change, others were more hesitant. Disney has not made any announcements for Walt Disney World.
Lobby redesign coming to Disney's All Star Movies Resort
The main lobby area at Disney's All Star Movies Resort, Cinema Hall, is undergoing refurbishment starting this month. Work will start on July 12, 2021, and will begin on updating the check-in experience featuring smaller counters and a more open design. Work is expected to be completed by mid-October 2021. Other areas of Cinema Hall and the World Premiere Food Court will remain open.
New EPCOT Guide map includes Creations Shop and Club Cool
Disney released a new map this week of EPCOT. The guide map included Creations Shop and Club Cool. It will occupy the former Mouse Gear shop. The map also highlighted the removal of Canada Far and Wide which is now closed and has become a kiosk during the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival.
Reopening dates announced for Disney's All Star and Port Orleans Resort
Disney has released reopening dates for some of the resorts that have been closed since the COVID-19 shutdown.
Disney's Port Orleans Riverside
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
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EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is just a week away! Here's what guests can look forward to when they visit. There are more than 20 festival-exclusive global marketplaces opening July 15, and more opening October 1. In addition to all the classics and fan favorites, there are Seven new marketplaces for 202 - The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café), Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina, The Rotunda Bistro (American Adventure Rotunda), The Swanky Saucy Swine (Near Disney Traders), the Brew-Wing at the EPCOT Experience, Lobster Landing (Near Mission: SPACE), and Mac & Eats (Near Mission: SPACE).
As stated in WDWMagic.com,
Earth Eats hosted by Impossible™ (Between Imagination! and Refreshment Port)
NEW! The Noodle Exchange (Near Traveler’s Café)