Boma to Re-Open Late This Week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Boma – Flavors of Africa will re-open late this week on August 20th at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Reservations become available on August 18th via My Disney Experience, phone or the Walt Disney World website. The restaurant will be open for breakfast 7:30 AM – 11 AM and for dinner 5 PM – 9:30 PM.

Boma was originally a buffet experience. It’s unclear at this time if the buffet will return or if, like other former Walt Disney World buffets, it will re-open as a modified family-style experience.

 

Space 220 Restaurant to Begin Service Mid-September

Be prepared for liftoff, because the Space 220 restaurant at EPCOT is scheduled to begin service in mid-September.

The Space 220 restaurant is located next to Mission: SPACE, and it will take fine dining to a whole new level.  The immersive experience begins as guests check into the Space 220 Departure Lounge in Future World.  From here, guests will board one of two “Space Elevators” that will transport guests in what will seem like 220 miles above Earth to Centauri Space Station.  Guests will be able to look down through a viewport to see EPCOT shrink away; looking up they will see the Space Station come into view.

Once docked, guests will head through the themed dining area. Inside the dining area, everyone will eperience a panoramic view of Earth below, and a variety of work and leisure activities taking place beyond the windows of the Space Station-themed restaurant.

The Space 220 restaurant menu will feature stellar dishes and gourmet recipes, with a two-course prix fixe menu for lunch, and a three-course prix fixe menu for dinner.

There was no mention by Disney as to when reservations will be opening.

Space 220 was originally planned to open in 2019 but has seen numerous construction delays prior to COVID, and then was further delayed due to construction restrictions during COVID-19 as mitigation measures were in place.

Minnie’s Halloween Dine Returns to Hollywood and Vine

Minnie’s Halloween Dine has returned to Hollywood and Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as part of the restaurant’s seasonal dining program.

Minnie and her friends will be dressed in Halloween costumes from August 10th through November 3rd. The restaurant is still offering the popular modified character dining experience, with characters not stopping at tables and remaining at a distance.

Characters appearing are subject to change, but in the past it’s been Minnie, Mickey, Goofy and Donald.

Currently the dining experience is priced at $55 per adult, $36 ages 3-9 (plus tax and gratuity), and includes a family-style salad, followed by a choice of entree and dessert.

Walt Disney World Announces Cast Member Preview Dates for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Walt Disney World has announced that Cast Member previews for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure on August 19th.  The previews will continue for more than two weeks.

Cast Member only previews begin  on August 19th and run through to September 2nd.  There will be an additional round of previews for Cast Member sweepstake winners, which will allow guests to accompany the Cast Member winners.

In addition to the cast member preview days, there will also bee Club 33 previews that will take place on September 3rd.

Disney Vacation Club previews are planned for September 5, 17, and 20. Dates for the now sold-out Annual Passholder preview include September 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 23, 24, 27, 28.

Disney Magical Express Replacement Mears Connect is Accepting Bookings for Walt Disney World Airport Transfers

Mears Transportation, the third-party operator of Disney Magical Express, is now accepting bookings for its new Mears Connect service beginning January 1st of next year.

When the service begins, Mears Connect will serve Orlando International Airport and the Disney resort area with two service levels – Standard and Premium.

Standard service will be a shared service on bus or van, making a limited number of stops on the way to your destination.

Premium service will be a direct service with limited to no wait time.

Introductory rates for the standard round trip service are $32 per adult and $27 per child. Premium rates are $200 for up to 4 passengers and $55 per additional passenger.

Annual Passholder Previews for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure to take place in September

Walt Disney World has opened registration for Annual Passholder previews of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure that will take place throughout September at EPCOT.

The dates listed for the Annual Passholder preview include September 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 23, 24, 27, 28. It is important to note that Disney Park Pass reservations are not required for the previews.

Annual Passholders should have gotten an email with a link for the registration. If not, here is a link to the Walt Disney World event page at https://event-registration.disneyparks.disney.go.com/disneyworld

Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Re-Opens Ahead of Schedule

Monsters Inc Laugh Floor re-opened yesterday in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom, a couple of days ahead of the previously announced August 8th return.

Operating hours are variable over the coming week.  Most days it will be operating with a 12 PM to 8 PM schedule. However, on August 10th it has a 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM schedule, and on August 14th is scheduled for 10 A  to 6 PM.

The show had been closed since the Walt Disney World theme parks closed in March 2020 and did not reopen with the park in July 2020.

Walt Disney World Updates Mask Policy to Require Everyone to Wear Masks When Indoors

What is old is new again!

Disney has updated its mask policy following the latest CDC guidance which was published on July 27th.  The US theme parks have moved quickly to again require all guests and Cast Members to wear masks when indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

The new indoor mask requirement will go into effect on July 30th at both Walt Disney World in Florida, and Disneyland Resort in California.

This policy change is a return to an earlier policy that was in place prior to the Disney updated the policy on June 15th when they eliminated mask requirements for those who are fully vaccinated except when using enclosed transportation.

According to news reports, Orange County is seeing a rapid surge in COVID-19 cases. AdventHealth, the area’s primary healthcare provider, has said its ICUs are at capacity, and the system has moved to a red alert level.

Disney has updated the Health and Safety notice on its website to notify guests that policies may change at anytime.

As we have done since reopening, we’ve been very intentional and gradual in our approach to our COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Based on recent trends and regulatory guidance, Walt Disney World Resort will be making adjustments to these measures, which may continue to change at any time without notice.

We encourage people to get vaccinated.

Below is the latest Disney World mask policy in full:

Effective July 30

Beginning July 30, face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) while indoors and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status. This includes upon entering and throughout all attractions. Face coverings remain optional for all Guests in outdoor common areas.

Face Covering Requirements until July 30

While face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) while in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, they are now optional in most areas for Guests who are fully vaccinated. While we do not require proof of vaccination, we expect Guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations and upon entering and throughout all attractions and transportation except ferry boats.

Four Popular Walt Disney World Restaurants Get Re-Opening Dates

Today Walt Disney World announced re-opening dates for four popular Walt Disney World restaurants.

Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort will be re-opening on August 5th, with guests being able book starting July 29th.

Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort re-opens August 5th, with booking also available July 29th.

At the Magic Kingdom, Columbia Harbour House makes its return on August 5th.

Pizzafari re-opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on August 2nd.

Bob Chapek and Josh D’Amaro to speak at Destination D23

Presentations by Bob Chapek and Josh D’Amaro will headline ..Destination D23 2021.

The event will come to Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World November 19 – 21, 2021.

The welcome presentation with Bob Chapek, CEO, The Walt Disney Company headlines the event, alongside “What’s New and What’s Next for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products” with Chairman Josh D’Amaro.

According to Disney –

The exclusive presentation will feature updates on some of the most anticipated projects around the world. And as D23 Members know, there is always a surprise or two in store!

Tickets go on sale on July 29th at 1 PM ET. The Virtual Waiting Room will open at 1 PM ET.

Pricing for General Seating: $249 (plus $7 processing fee), Preferred Seating: $399 (plus $7 processing fee).

For those unable to be live at the event in person, select segments of Destination D23 will be live-streamed on D23.com and D23 social media channels.