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2021 vacation packages are released! Here’s what you need to know

By June 24, 2020 No Comments

Beginning today, guests can now book vacation packages for Walt Disney World® Resort for the dates of Jan. 1-Sept. 26, 2021.  Guests wanting to book after Sept. 26, 2021 will be able to do so at a later date.

 

What are packages?

All new packages begin Jan. 1, 2021. The biggest significance is that those who either had no reservation, or had a room-only reservation can now begin packages that include their 1-14-night hotel reservation, tickets, and guests who have been looking forward to a 2021 Disney vacation can now begin to book their entire trip. Packages typically include your room and ticket, along with options for dining plans and special discounts, called magical extras. All guests will be sent a complementary keepsake luggage tag.

Though adjustments have been made in regards to their availability in 2020, the Park Hopper® option, Park Hopper® Plus option and Water Park and Sports option is available for 2021.

Guests who book resorts and tickets for 2021 must still make a theme park reservation for the time being. Guests should book park tickets as soon as they are purchased and linked with the My Disney Experience app.

 

Resort Availability

Due to the ever-evolving pandemic, select resorts are able to be booked at this time. Additional resort reopening, along with that of the water parks, will be reevaluated by Disney. Announcements on their openings will be made when the time is appropriate, but the currently available resorts are:

 

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas—Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas—Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Copper Creek Villas
  • Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

 

Event Dates

Though many events in 2020 have been altered or canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021’s schedule currently continues as normal. Though dates are always subject to change, wanting to attend an event or plan around it to avoid the crowds means next year’s calendar is as important as it has always been. This is the current slate for 2021’s events:

  • Marathon Weekend: Jan. 6-10, 2021
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: Feb. 18-Feb. 24, 2021
  • Star Wars Rival Run Weekend: April 15-April 18, 2021

Epcot® festival and holiday party dates have yet to be scheduled for 2021.

 

Magical Extras

Some extras have carried over from the past, but all of this year’s new and updated additions include:

  • Basin
    • 10% off entire purchase
  • Coca-Cola Store
    • 15% off purchases of $30 or more
    • Not applicable for rooftop beverage bar or professional photography services
  • Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers
    • 10% off purchases
  • Earl of Sandwich
    • 10% off food and non-alcoholic beverage purchases
  • Edward Beiner, Eyes Forward
    • 15% off any purchase
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
    • Receive four one-day vouchers for admission the area per package.
  • Ghiradelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
    • Complimentary Ghirardelli chocolate bar with purchase of any specialty sundae
  • House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
    • 15% off food purchases
  • Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
    • 20% off non-alcoholic beverages
  • Kipling
    • 10% off entire purchase
  • Melissa Shoes
    • 15% off entire purchase
  • Miniature Golf
    • Choose between two 18-hole courses
    • Receive four vouchers per package. Each voucher is good for one guest to play at one of the different courses.
    • Expires at midnight the day of checkout
  • Origins
    • 10% off non-discounted items
  • Orlando Stroller Rentals
    • Get a free cooler by typing “free cooler” without the quotation marks in the notes section while making your reservation online
  • Paddlefish
    • 20% off food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Paradiso 37
    • 20% off food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Planet Hollywood Observatory
    • $15 off food or beverage purchases
  • Pro Shops at Walt Disney World Golf
    • Buy one, get one half off
  • Rinse Bath & Body Co.
    • Complimentary Pucker Stick lip balm with any $5 purchase
  • Sanuk
    • 20% off any purchase
  • Sugarboo & Co.
    • 10% off non-discounted merchandise
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes™
    • Receive 10% off the non-discounted price of bowling, 10% off the purchase of food and non-alcoholic beverages and 10% off non-discounted merchandise
  • Surrey Bike Rentals
    • 10% off 2-or-4-person bike rentals at Disney’s BoardWalk
  • Terralina Crafted Italian
    • 20% off food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • To-Go Cart at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    • 10% off food purchases
  • UGG
    • 10% off entire purchase
  • Volcom
    • 10% off non-discounted merchandise
  • Wolfgang Puck Express
    • 10% off food and non-alcoholic beverages

 

Disney Dining Plans

With new packages normally comes new dining plans, but they are not being offered at launch for 2021. Dining plans are expected to be available at a later date.

In the meantime, if you’re looking to budget, here are the prices initially offered for 2020. Again, 2021’s dining plan pricing is yet to be made available, and, once it is, will likely differ slightly than the previous year’s.

  • Quick Service Dining Plan
    • Two quick service meals per day. Includes either entrée OR combo meal
    • Guests under 21 can order one non-alcoholic beverage with their meal per day. These include:
      • Artisanal milkshakes
      • Fresh smoothies
      • Premium hot chocolates
      • Soda
      • Coffee
      • Tea
    • Guests over 21 can order one alcoholic or one non-alcoholic beverage with their meal per day
    • Two snacks per day
    • One resort refillable mug per person, good for the duration of your stay
  • Standard Dining Plan
    • One table service meal per day. Includes entrée and dessert, OR a buffet
    • One quick service meal per day
    • Guests under 21 can order one non-alcoholic beverage with their meal per day
    • Guests over 21 can order one alcoholic or one non-alcoholic beverage with their meal per day
    • Two snacks per day
    • One resort refillable mug per person, good for the duration of your stay
  • Standard Dining Plan
    • One table service meal per day. Includes entrée and dessert, OR a buffet
    • One quick service meal per day
    • Guests under 21 can order one non-alcoholic beverage with their meal per day Guests over 21 can order one alcoholic or one non-alcoholic beverage with their meal per day
    • Two snacks per day
    • One resort refillable mug per person, good for the duration of your stay
  • Deluxe Dining Plan
    • Three table service or quick service meals per day
    • Guests under 21 can order one non-alcoholic beverage with their meal per day
    • Guests over 21 can order one alcoholic or one non-alcoholic beverage with their meal per day
    • Two snacks per day
    • One resort refillable mug per person, good for the duration of your stay

MagicBand Changes

Complementary MagicBands will no longer be offered to guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, but guests will instead be able to purchase them in advance at a discounted price. More colors and designs will be made available than have been previously, allowing for more customization and outfit coordination.

 

Air Travel

Disney will discontinue booking airline travel for guests in 2021.

 

 

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