This week at Walt Disney World, The EPCOT Festival of the Arts returns, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom gets a closing date, plus a new limited time amenity returns to EPCOT for guests who spend $150 or more.
Outside Walt Disney World, SeaWorld's inside look weekend returns, plus Universal Orlando Resort offers free tickets and extensions for guests who buy tickets and annual passes this spring!
1. Taste of EPCOT Festival of the Arts kicks off
Though it will be a scaled down affair in 2021, this year's "Taste of" EPCOT Festival of the Arts kicked off this week. This year's event will run until February 22 2021, and attendees will be able to enjoy some of the highlights of the annual festival, including 15 food "studios" featuring artful dishes, collaborative art projects, and plenty of photo spots! Here's the full rundown of activities:
- Voices of Liberty will take to the stage at America Gardens Theatre with a brand-new showcase—the Disney Songbook. From “When You Wish Upon a Star” to “Let It Go,” the Voices of Liberty will perform favorite Disney songs and celebrate the artistry of Disney composers and lyricists.
- Over 15 Food Studios serving culinary art all around World Showcase
- Diverse work of Disney and other invited artists on display in marketplaces encircling World Showcase Lagoon
- Special photo locations scattered around the park
- Paint-by-number mural that serves as a collaborative art project for all
- Performances by favorite EPCOT musical artists Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors.
- Scavenger hunt as you search for Figment around World Showcase
- Festival-exclusive merchandise
2. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom closes permanently later this month
It has been confirmed this week that Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive card game experience at the Magic Kingdom will close permanently on Sunday, January 24, 2021 after eight years in operation. Disney has announced that this closure is due to decreased demand for this experience.
3. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster returns to operation following almost weeklong downtime
After five days of unexpected and unannounced downtime, The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopened on January 6, 2021. This attraction has been running normally since then, so hopefully whatever caused this ride to go down temporarily has been fixed!