Hundreds of Price Increases, EPCOT Festival News, and More Big Disney Updates!

It’s been another BIG week in Disney news!


From HUNDREDS of price increases you’re going to want to know about to the start of another EPCOT festival, there’s a lot to catch up on this week! Got your coffee? Got a comfy spot on the couch? Alright then, let’s dive in to ALL of the biggest Disney news stories from this week!

1 — HUNDREDS of Price Increases

If you’ll be visiting Disney World soon, be prepared to spend a bit more on your favorite snacks than you were previously used to. This week, we saw HUNDREDS (quite literally hundreds) of price increases at all kinds of Disney World restaurants throughout property.

Main Street Popcorn Cart menu

Dole Whips, Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bars and Ice Cream Sandwiches, select popcorn buckets and refills, select Mickey waffles, Mickey pretzels, and more are all now MORE expensive.

Price increases hit Aloha Isle!

At some spots, the change was only a matter of a few cents. But the prices of other items were increased by $1, $2, or even $3. You’ll want to make sure you adjust your budgets to take these new prices into account for your upcoming trips!

Click here to see the biggest takeaways from the hundreds of price increases!

2 — EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts is HERE!

Late last week we got the FULL menus for EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts, and highlighted all of the new things you’ll be able to snack on while there. Now the Festival of the Arts has officially arrived in all of its colorful glory! The Festival started today (January 14th) and will run through February 21st.

We’re so excited!

There’s lots to enjoy at the Festival including some FREE activities, the Disney on Broadway Concert series, new merchandise, fun photo ops, and (of course) the FOOD.

Festival Map

We’re experiencing everything the Festival has to offer and we’ll be bringing you FULL reviews throughout the day so be sure to check back with us for more updates. Get some Festival of the Arts tips and tricks by checking out the links below:

And click here to check out ALL of our Festival of the Arts food booth reviews!

3 — Flower and Garden Festival News

This week we also got some exciting news about EPCOT’s International Flower & Garden Festival and some signs that this Festival could be…a bit strange? First up, we got the FULL Garden Rocks concert schedule. Get ready to dance and sing along to some of your favorite returning acts!

Garden Rocks | 2020

We also seemingly got the full list of food booths for EPCOT’s Flower & Garden Festival!

Jardin de Fiestas booth 2021

Things are a bit strange though because it appears there will be no new food booths this year, according to Disney’s website. Guess that will just give everyone lots of time to enjoy the classic booths we’ve seen in past years? We still don’t have the menus for these booths so the food items available at the booths could vary from previous years, but still it’s…interesting.

Click here to see why Disney’s Flower & Garden announcement has us scratching our heads!

4 — New 50th Anniversary Snacks Are HERE

Over at Magic Kingdom, this week brought with it some NEW 50th Anniversary snacks. While some snacks have now gone away, new ones have taken their place. This week we got to try a new 50th Anniversary DOLE Whip float

Crooning Flower

…a new Haunted Mansion treat

Chilling Chamber Push Pop

…a special flatbread


…a Donald Duck cake

Donald Duck Dome Cake

…a unique orange and almond tart

Definitely gets points for presentation!

…a tasty fish sandwich

New 50th Anniversary food has arrived

…and a revamped ice cream dish!

Cheers to 50 Years!

This week we also learned that ALL of the Seven Dwarfs will also be getting their own treats!

Click here to see ALL of our reviews of the 50th Anniversary snacks in Disney World

5 — BIG Changes at Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

This week was also a big one for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. First up, the ride is now available WITHOUT a boarding group/virtual queue system. So guests can now just line up in the regular standby line to hop on this popular new attraction.

Time to Wait in Line!

Second, the ride is now available through Early Theme Park Entry. So guests at Disney World’s resorts (and select other hotels) can now ride this attraction before the park officially opens and the rest of the crowds arrive.

Crowds after we got off the ride.

So if you’ve been hoping to get on this ride but haven’t been able to get a boarding group in the past, now is your chance!

Click here to see what it’s like to ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure BEFORE EPCOT officially opens!

6 — Other Big News

In terms of other big news, at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort we spotted something new…special smart lockers that are meant to store your packages and grocery deliveries! This could be a huge added convenience for those needing to get packages early in the morning or late at night.

Smart Lockers at All-Star Music

Splash Mountain is now closed in Magic Kingdom for its month-long closure.

Splash Mountain is closed right now

Florida Residents: don’t miss out on your chance to get some specially priced weekday ticket options to Disney World!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The Grand Floridian Spa has a reopening date!


Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner has also made some comments about Bob Chapek in a recent interview. You can click here to see what he said.

Michael Eisner (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)

Our readers have also shared their first reactions to the NEW Disney World airport transportation (now that the Magical Express is gone). Click here to see their feelings about the new service.

Mears Connect at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

Of course, other news was shared this week too, click the links below to learn more:

COVID-19 Health and Safety Sign

Guests are being given plastic bags to carry their lightsabers

Click here to see what popular Disney World restaurant unexpectedly canceled some reservations earlier this week!

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