“A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King” will be returning to the Harambe Theater in mid-May. Join Shannon, Peter, & Jake as they discuss this fan-favorite show returning to Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, updates to Mobile Order locations, Disney's BoardWalk Inn's reopening date, self-serve refillable mugs returning to Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Peoplemover resuming operations, and Moana sailing back to Aulani Resort.
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“A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King” Update
Jeff Vahle, President of the Walt Disney World Resort, shared an update on Festival of the Lion King via Instagram:
“Our cast is back in rehearsals for “A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King,” preparing for the show’s mid-May debut as entertainment continues to return across Walt Disney World. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Vice President Sarah Riles and I stopped in to welcome them recently, and hearing that wonderful, familiar music put a lump in my throat. Thrilled to have these talented Cast Members back on our stage!”
Source: Jeff Vahle Instagram Post
Additional Restaurants Added to Mobile Order
Three new dining locations, within Magic Kingdom Park, have been added to Walt Disney World’s mobile ordering lineup:
- The Friar's Nook
- Sleepy Hollow
- Sunshine Tree Terrace
Mobile ordering may be used at select Walt Disney World quick-service locations throughout the property via the My Disney Experience app.
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Reopening Soon
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn will be reopening on July 2nd, 2021. While the DVC rooms within the resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, have been open since June 2020, this indicates that the hotel-side of the resort will be reopening.
Here’s an updated list of the upcoming Disney Resort hotel reopenings (at the time of recording):
- May 30, 2021: Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- June 6, 2021: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- July 2, 2021: Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
- Late July 2021: Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Self-Serve Resort Refillable Mugs Return
“Some self-serve beverage stations—which allow for Guests to fill and refill their own beverages—are available at select quick-service restaurants located in Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney Resort hotels. Locations may vary.” -WDW Website
Peoplemover Operations Resume
The Peoplemover, or Tomorrowland Transit Authority, will be opening this weekend – April 24th or 25th.
Moana Returns to Aulani Resort
Moana will be sailing back to Aulani Resort to join Disney pals as they are showcased throughout the resort. During their phased reopening, Aulani has brought back character interactions in a modified format, similar to those at Walt Disney World. Moana will be joining “Mickey Mouse and his pals, Angel and Stitch, and ‘Olu Mel”.
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