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This week at Walt Disney World, Disney announces a new free admission deal for 2021, more hotels are set to reopen in 2021, EPCOT announces new dates for a longer Flower and Garden festival, plus a cute new addition officially comes to Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney's Animal Kingdom! 

Programming note: Though we normally devote some time to Orlando-area parks outside Lake Buena Vista, there has been so much going on at Walt Disney World over the past seven days that we decided to forgo the “beyond” for just one week. You’ll hear about all the news from Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando in next week’s update!

1. Goats added to Kilimanjaro Safaris 

Image: Disney

Over the past few months, guests visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom have noticed construction on the Kilimajaro Safaris attraction that have hinted that a new animal exhibit was coming soon, and now it has been officially announced that Nigerian dwarf goats have been added to the attraction experience. These new additions can now be seen towards the end of the ride in a warden’s outpost where these miniature West African goats chase, climb and play. 

2. New EPCOT entrance almost finished

Image: Zach Riddley

EPCOT's new main entrance area is almost finished, with work on the fountain finished, and some final details being added before this refreshed area debuts. Imagineer Zach Riddley posted a couple of close-ups on Instagram, including the above image of the new fountain in action! 

3. Dates announced for 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival

Image: Disney

Though capacity at Walt Disney World will continue to be limited into the new year, EPCOT's festival schedule rolls on with Disney confirming that a scaled down "Taste of" EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival will kick off next spring on March 3 and run through July 5. Longtime fans of this event will no doubt notice that the 2021 festival is almost a month longer than the 2020 festival and will take place over a record 125 days in 2021.

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