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This week at Walt Disney World,  Disney sets its schedule for the rest of 2020 while looking ahead to 2021, EPCOT sets an ending date for the current Taste of International Food and Wine Festival, plus another hotel reopens to guests!

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort theme parks hit capacity again, plus SeaWorld gives away free money to annual passholders! 

1. Walt Disney World 50th anniversary license plates to be available for Florida residents soon

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Florida residents looking to celebrate Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary can now do so with a specialty license plate that will benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation of Central and Northern Florida. The design of this specialty plate has not yet been revealed, but interested car owners can purchase a presale voucher now for $25 (plus fees) through local County Tax Collector’s offices and license plate agencies across the State of Florida. An online option will be coming soon. 

2. Disney Parks Pass reservations available through January 2022

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Though we're heading in to the home stretch of 2020, Walt Disney World is looking towards the future and is now booking reservations through December 31, 2021. In addition, Disney Parks Pass reservations, which are now required for entry to any Walt Disney World theme park are now available through January 2022. 

3. Disney releases official hours for New Year's Eve 

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Though Disney has a long history of late hours on December 31st so guests can ring in the new year at Walt Disney World, it looks like according to the current calendar, there will be no late nights this year at the theme parks, as the official schedule is as follows: 

  • Magic Kingdom: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • EPCOT: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Of course Disney could always change their minds, and if the parks end up at max capacity they could do an unannounced hours extension (as they have done the last few holiday weekends), but as of right now it looks like they are not planning on doing much to ring in 2021. 

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