Top 10 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World RIGHT NOW! Summer 2021 Edition

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Summer is always a great time to visit Walt Disney World in Florida. The kids are out of school, and you have vacation days that you need to use before you lose them! If you’re looking for an incentive for why you should drop everything, pack a bag, and head to Walt Disney World right now, here are ten of them.


10) It’s Hot!

Everyone knows that summer in Florida is hot. Locals will often refer to it as “hotter than the surface of the sun”. That is why Walt Disney World is such a great summer destination. There are fantastic places where you can cool off! Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is open and keeping guests cool. The pools at the Walt Disney World resorts are another place to cool off. If you’re at one of the theme parks, grab some Dole Whip or a Mickey Ice Cream Bar. You have to admit, you’ll have more fun trying to stay cool at Walt Disney World than you would playing in a kiddie pool at home.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach

9) It’s Time to Travel Again

It’s been well over a year since many people have traveled. After the past 15 months, you need a magical vacation. What better place to travel to than the most magical place on Earth? If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that making memories with our loved ones is important. Make those memories at Walt Disney World.

8) Rental Car Rates

Rental car companies struggled during the pandemic because so few people needed them. Because of this, there is a rental car shortage, and prices are high. It’s a good thing that you don’t need to rent a car at Walt Disney World! If you fly into Orlando International Airport, Disney’s Magical Express will pick you up and take you to your resort! From there, just use Disney transportation. Once your vacation is over, Disney’s “Tragical” Express will take you back to the airport. You won’t have the added expense of renting a car.

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7) VelociCoaster

You might want to rent a car for one day of your vacation, or maybe use your favorite ride sharing service. That’s because there is a brand new roller coaster that opens at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure on June 10. VelociCoaster has been described by some coaster enthusiasts as “the best roller coaster in Florida”. Although Walt Disney World owns our hearts, we do sometimes leave the Disney bubble. VelociCoaster is worth venturing out for.

6) Harmonious Testing

We have missed fireworks at Walt Disney World, and we can’t wait for them to come back. While Walt Disney World has yet to make an official announcement, it could be soon! Harmonious seems to be in the testing phase, including with the music! While the show is not yet being presented to guests, you can see fireworks from EPCOT in various places on Walt Disney World property. It’s always been fun to just stop where you are and watch the sky light up in the distance. We might be able to do that again very soon.

5) Maskless Pictures

If you visited Walt Disney World in the summer of 2020, there are masks in all of your pictures. Why don’t you return this summer and recreate all of those pictures without the masks? It’s nice to be able to show off your smile again, so take the pictures that you wish you could have taken last summer.

4) Tusker House Restaurant

A guest favorite at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will reopen on June 20. Tusker House Restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food will be served family style, the buffet is not running for now. The best part of all is that Donald will be there! He and his friends will be all dressed up for safari.  Like the other character meals, the interaction has been modified. You won’t be able to get too close, but you’ll have a chance to see them from a safe distance. The food is still based on African cuisine with some American favorites as well. We might be most excited about the return of Simba Waffles.

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3) A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King

After your meal at Tusker House Restaurant, you’ll want to spend some time letting your food digest before hitting Expedition Everest. The perfect place to do that is in the nearby theater. Festival of the Lion King is back, but there have been some changes to keep the performers safe. That’s why it’s now called A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King. While things have been reworked, it’s still a must-see show. The new blocking works so well that you might not realize that things are different. There is a reason why Festival of the Lion King is so popular. Even with the changes, it is close to perfection.

2) Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

The EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival is one of our favorite special events each year. Disney found a way to keep many of the elements of the festivals, while also keeping guests safe. The Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival is as beautiful as ever, with topiaries, gardens, and the Goodness Garden Butterfly House. Come hungry, because the food in the outdoor kitchens is better than ever! The final day for the Taste of EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival is July 5, so you don’t have much time.

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1) EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Did you read that? For the Food & Wine Festival, Disney is dropping the “taste of” in the description! We’re honestly not sure if there is any significance to that or not, but it feels a little more normal. There is something unique about this year’s Food & Wine Festival. It is going to begin on July 15! In the past it’s been a fall festival, summers have been festival-less. This year, it’s going to be a long one, since the final day is November 20. That might sound like you have plenty of time, but here’s a suggestion. If you time your vacation well (and have plenty of vacation days) you could hit both the Flower & Garden Festival and the Food & Wine Festival in the same trip. That has never been possible before; unless you could take three months off. This could be the only time that the two festivals are so close.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.