Our Disney community was hit hard 2020. In hard times, we look to our past and present leaders for guidance. Walt Disney, our community leader, was an optimist. He once said, “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life…”
So, what Disney silver linings can we look forward to as we look ahead with hope for 2021? Personally, I can’t wait for our Disney year ahead!
Of course! Let’s begin with a bang. While Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary will be scaled down, scaled back, and possibly not the same as intended (you get the picture), it is not being floated or cancelled and will still be celebrated by its loyal fans.
I am looking forward to visiting the parks to join in the celebration, purchasing merchandise commemorating the special anniversary and being present together sharing our common love of Walt Disney World.
WDW is open for business
We have been lucky and blessed that our beloved Florida park has been open in 2020 and I can’t wait for it to open with greater hours and capacity as we head further out into 2021.
We have options, and I have a greater appreciation for Walt Disney World in 2020 and beyond. I am crossing my fingers that our beloved cast members will have greater opportunities for more employment!
New things ahead
Walt Disney World is open, and I’m looking forward to new attractions. For those whose vacations have been sidelined, another silver lining is that the newer attractions such as Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the Disney Skyliner, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance are all experiences that many of us will be exploring for the first time.
In 2021, I am very excited for the opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Space 220 Restaurant, both in Epcot. New shows such as Harmonious, also in Epcot, are at the top of my list, in addition to Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure that I am hoping will also open this coming year.
I feel confident that President-elect Joe Biden will debut at Magic Kingdom’s Hall of Presidents as the traditional new animatronic, and that, as well as a potential stay at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, are an additional couple of things to look forward to.
The DIS Unplugged
My silver lining this year has been enjoying my favorite community: The DIS. They never failed us with their presence online and assisting us through Dreams Unlimited Travel. I look forward to seeing what lies ahead for our special friends and business. I look forward to a meaningful reopening of Give Kids the World and seeing the partnership and donations strengthened for this important village.
Good Health, Happiness and Safety
My final silver linings are about our community’s prioritizing balancing our vacations while safeguarding our health, safety and enjoyment. This year will be behind us, but our helping each other cope through tragedy and hard times shows us all that together, we were able find meaningful moments as well as help connect each other to our happy place.
What are your silver linings and what Disney things are you looking forward in 2021?
Shari Kessler loves the Disunplugged and all things Disney. She has imparted her passion for the parks along with her husband of more than 25 years to their three young adult children. Their family vacations have included Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and Aulani but their home base is Walt Disney World as she resides from New Jersey. Shari also loves her cats Ricky and Lucy(RIP Lucy 2021). As a former early childhood educator she is now assisting at an animal hospital in NYC. She enjoys the Disunplugged community and hopes her articles connect with the Dis family.
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