What you need to know for your 2022 Disney World Vacation

Disney World is hard to tackle, especially with its 50th anniversary. If you are planning to go to Disney World in 2022, this article is for you.

First of all, lots of new things have been added to the 4 parks. We have new restaurants, rides, and shows. In different paragraphs, I will talk about the new things that have been added.

Let’s start with rides. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. This is a family ride that uses trackless ride vehicle technology. This means it has no track and is programmed to go in different directions. This ride has NO height requirement. So everyone at your party can ride it. The next ride, this ride is Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. This again is a trackless technology ride. This also has no height requirement. This ride is very fun and great for everyone in your party.

Next, restaurants. The first restaurant that has been added is the amazing, immersive, Space 220. This restaurant is quite expensive. It is $60 per person. This restaurant doesn’t pay by food, it pays by you being there so it is $60 per person. The food I’d say is Sophisticated in a way. There is something for everybody here though. There is a burger and fries and broccoli so if there are some picky eaters traveling with you, they will hopefully be happy. Also in Epcot, we have La Crêperie de Paris. This is a crepe restaurant and I would recommend this spot for the beginning of the day once you’ve hit all your prioritized rides.

Next on our list is shows! Many shows have opened and re-opened. The first show that has opened is Kite Tails in Animal Kingdom. This show features giant kites and music from your favorite animal characters. Stay tuned for the end of the show, there could be some fun comedy! The next show that has reopened is the one…the only…Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! This show features several stunts in real-time and has a ton of special effects. This show is wildly popular so I suggest getting there a little early. The 3rd show that has returned is the Festival of Fantasy parade. Technically, this counts as a show. After 2 years this parade has finally returned with several new things. First of all, several floats and characters are missing from the parade. Also, the song “Zip A-dee-doo-dah” has been removed from the soundtrack. Third, the giant maleficent dragon float has returned! Breathing fire and moving her neck!

Next, let’s talk about the dreaded Disney Genie. This is truly the hardest thing to tackle in Disney World. There are 2 types of Disney Genie. The first one is free. It is a planning itinerary that will show you wait times, and suggestions for your day. The second type of Disney genie is Disney Genie+. This is a paid version of Fastpass. For $15 dollars per person per day, you can skip the lines at various attractions through the 4 parks. However, some popular,hot-ticket attractions such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom, Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom, Rise of the Resistance in Hollywood Studios, and Frozen Ever After in Epcot, will have you pay an extra $7-$15 depending on the ride and/or day. You can buy this Genie+ day of or with your tickets when you buy them. If you are going to Disney World between when you are reading this and August 7th, 2022, the following rides you will NOT have to pay extra for to get a lightning lane: Space Mountain, Frozen Ever After, and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

When it comes to festivals, there are 4 annual ones at Epcot. From now to July 4th, 2022 is the International Flower & Garden Festival. From July 15th to November 20th, 2022 is the International Food & Wine Festival, and finally starting from November 26th to December 30th, 2022 the International Festival of the Holidays.

Now, you’re probably wondering about mask mandates. As of now: Face masks are not required in the parks, indoors, or outdoors except for select transportation. Masks are optional for Fully vaccinated guests on the Disney World Skyliner.