New Character Cavalcade to start in the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 2021. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
New Character Cavalcade to start in the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 2021. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Weekly Disney Roundup For June 19 – June 16, 2021

In this edition of the Weekly Disney Round-Up: we get a ton of new 50th anniversary updates, a new ice cream shop is set to open in Disney Springs, plus select Cast Members will no longer be required to wear a face mask.

This is your Disney news round-up for the week of June 19, 2021.

New Character Cavalcade to start in the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 2021. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
New Character Cavalcade to start in the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 2021. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

WDW’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Collection Corner: New Series of Books Will Commemorate 50th Anniversary: The first major release of the 50th branded merchandise has just been announced through Disney Books and the Disney Parks Blog. The two arms of the company released a sneak peek of a new series of books that all commemorate WDW’s golden anniversary.

New Character Cavalcade Debuts October 1st: The Magic Kingdom will debut a new character cavalcade at the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 2021, as part of the resort’s 50th anniversary. Disney’s “Mickey’s Celebration Cavalcade” will include Mickey and his friends in their 5oth anniversary EARidescent outfits.

A new nighttime spectacular, "Disney Enchantment," will debut October 1, 2021, at the Magic Kingdom. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
A new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment,” will debut October 1, 2021, at the Magic Kingdom. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

All New Sculptures Will Arrive at Magic Kingdom: As part of the 50th-anniversary celebration, Disney is going to create and install special golden character sculptures in Magic Kingdom and throughout the resort. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be joined by 50 characters as part of the “Disney Fab 50,” a new collection of golden sculptures debuting October 1, 2021, across all four Walt Disney World theme parks.

New Magic Kingdom Nighttime Spectacular Premiers October 1st: The Magic Kingdom will debut a new nighttime spectacular called “Disney Enchantment” on October 1, 2021, as part of the resort’s 50th anniversary “World’s Most Magical Celebration.”

EPCOT’s New Harmonious Nighttime Spectacular Opens October 1st: Now, based on information presented on ABC’s Good Morning America, we have learned that Harmonious will also debut on October 1.

"Disney KiteTails" will launch October 1, 2021, at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
“Disney KiteTails” will launch October 1, 2021, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Will Receive New Daytime Show: The new show will feature performers flying windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes. Out on the water, elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – will depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo, and King Louie.

Photo credits (C) Zach Riddley, Instagram . All Rights Reserved
Photo credits (C) Zach Riddley, Instagram . All Rights Reserved

EPCOT

Zach Riddley Shares Photos of New EPCOT Pavement: Zach Riddley has provided fans with another update on the EPCOT construction process via his Instagram. In the update, Riddley provided us with several images of the new pavement being placed around EPCOT. Let’s take a look:

Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Business of Disney

Delish Magazine Teams Up with Disney in New Book: Delish Magazine has teamed up with Disney Parks to create a one-of-a-kind project. Appropriately titled Delish Loves Disney, the magazine features 50+ recipes from around Walt Disney World. Fans can purchase the new book on Amazon for $13.99.

Disney Magic Makers will Recognize Local Heroes: A new program from the Walt Disney Company wants to recognize local heroes who make a difference in your community. Disney is asking people to nominate people to be considered as Disney Magic Makers.

Disney is offer signing bonuses.
Disney is offering signing bonuses.

Disney Is Paying $1,000 Signing Bonuses: Disney World is now offering  $1,000 signing bonuses for new housekeepers and select kitchen staff.  Disney is now paying Housekeepers (Mousekeepers) $16 an hour and is paying line cooks $18 an hour.  They earn their signing bonus they stay on the job for at least 90 days.

Fully Vaccinated Cast Members No Longer Required to Wear Masks Indoors: Starting on June 24, 2021, Disney World will no longer require that fully vaccinated Cast Members wear masks when working indoors. This follows a change in early June when Cast Members working outdoors were not required to wear masks, although they still needed to wear masks indoors.

Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Disney Springs

New Ice Cream Shop Opening in Disney Springs: Salt & Straw is a popular ice cream company that currently has a location at Downtown Disney in Disneyland, as well as locations in Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, the Bay Area, the Seattle Area, and (interestingly for a very west coast company), Miami.  Now, Salt & Straw is coming to Disney Springs!

Biggest Disney news this week: No masks for Cast Members indoors or new Nighttime Spectacular at the Magic Kingdom?