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This week at Walt Disney World, Disney announces they are bringing back at least one stage show this summer, hours get extended, plus rumors fly about Walt Disney World's annual passholder program in the wake of Disneyland's annual pass program cancellation. 

Outside Walt Disney World, SeaWorld brings back the Preschool Pass for young children, plus Universal is expecting BIG crowd levels this year for Spring Break. 

1. Festival of the Lion King returning to Disney's Animal Kingdom this summer

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Disney's Animal Kingdom has confirmed that they will be bringing back Festival of the Lion King in a modified format with adjustments to the show on stage and backstage, including updates to choreography to allow for appropriate physical distancing. No specific opening date has been given for this reopening, with Disney only confirming that it will happen this summer. 

2. All Walt Disney World theme parks extending hours in February

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Though crowds have been much lower these past few weeks, Disney has been increasing their hours of operation in February, with all parks either opening earlier or closing later than was previously scheduled. You can check out Walt Disney World's official calendar here for the most up-to-date operating hours.  

3. Small part of expanded France pavilion now open 

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Earlier this week EPCOT  welcomed the first guests into the new expanded France pavilion, which will eventually be home to the upcoming Remy's Ratatouille Adventure. This area is mostly just a walkway at the moment, but new restrooms are available for guests to use. Guests can also get a closer look at the entrance sign for this upcoming attraction, which now sports a "Coming 2021" banner. 


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