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Know Before You Go: Theme Park Updates for May 2021

Know Before You Go: Theme Park Updates for May 2021

Happy May! Summer is rapidly approaching, and the party’s already getting started with special events and celebrations popping up at all of our favorite theme parks.

Walt Disney World

There’s still time to get a Taste of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, which runs daily through July 5. The annual event has been modified in order to maintain physical distancing guidelines. However, you can still enjoy many of the amazing elements you would expect to find at Walt Disney World’s longest-running festival.

Attraction Updates

Fairfax Fare is back up and running at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with a fresh menu! The delicious new offerings include:

  • Snacking Sandwich Cookie ($4.99): Vanilla marshmallow stuffed between pretzel and potato chip shortbread cookies covered in dark chocolate and sea salt.
  • California BLTA Dog ($11.49): All-beef hot dog topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, applewood bacon, and mustard aioli on a brioche butter bun.
  • Truffle Bacon Macaroni & Cheese Hot Dog ($11.49): All-beef hot dog topped with macaroni and cheese, applewood bacon, and mustard aioli on a brioche butter bun.
  • Pretzel Dog ($11.49): All-beef hot dog topped with apple-braised sauerkraut, onions, and mustard aioli on a pretzel bun.
  • Chicago-Style “Hot Dog” Salad ($9.49): Romaine blend, plant-based bratwurst, sliced sport peppers, tomatoes, onions, house-made dill pickle, sweet relish, mustard, and poppy celery seed brioche croutons tossed in neon green relish vinaigrette.

In case you missed it, Blizzard Beach is officially back up and running for the summer. Typhoon Lagoon is still closed until further notice. At the other Disney World parks, the following attractions and dining locations are currently closed.

Magic Kingdom
  • Walt Disney World Railroad (Attraction)
  • The Hall of Presidents (Attraction)
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (Attraction)
  • Aunt Polly’s Dockside Inn (Dining)
  • Prince Eric’s Village Market (Dining)
  • Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade (Attraction)
  • Move It! Shake It! MouskeDance It! Street Party (Attraction)
  • Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station (Attraction)
  • Casey’s Corner (Dining)
  • Columbia Harbor House (Dining)
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (Attraction)
  • Golden Oak Outpost (Dining)
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor (Attraction)
  • Tortuga Tavern (Dining)
  • Character Meet & Greets (Attraction)
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Dining)
  • Monsieur Paul (Dining)
  • Character Meet & Greets (Attraction)
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant (Dining)
  • Restaurant Marrakesh (Dining)
  • Takumi-Tei (Dining)
  • Tokyo Dining (Dining)
  • Turtle Talk with Crush (Attraction)
  • Tangierine Cafe (Dining)
Hollywood Studios
  • Tune-In Lounge (Dining)
  • Fantasmic (Attraction)
  • Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple (Attraction)
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage (Attraction)
  • Catalina Eddie’s (Dining)
  • Dockside Diner (Dining)
  • Fairfax Fare (Dining)
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (Attraction)
  • Star Wars Launch Bay (Attraction)
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid (Attraction)
  • Character Meet & Greets (Attraction)
Animal Kingdom
  • Discovery Island Carnivale (Attraction)
  • The Boneyard (Attraction)
  • Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party (Attraction)
  • Dino Diner (Dining)
  • Festival of the Lion King (Attraction)
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical (Attraction)
  • Character Meet & Greets (Attraction)
  • Pizzafari (Dining)
  • Tusker House Restaurant (Dining)
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure (Attractions)

Universal Orlando

Throughout Universal Orlando Resort, select rides and attractions are still closed for refurbishments or due to social distancing concerns. The following experiences are currently unavailable in the parks:

Universal Studios Florida
  • Curious George Goes to Town (Attraction)
  • Fear Factor Live (Attraction)
  • Fievel’s Playland (Attraction)
  • Universal’s Superstar Parade (Attraction)
Islands of Adventure
  • Camp Jurassic (Attraction)
  • If I Ran the Zoo
  • Jurassic Park Discovery Center (Attraction)
  • Me Ship, The Olive (Attraction)
  • The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (Attraction)
  • Poseidon’s Fury (Attraction)
  • Storm Force Accelatron (Attraction)

SeaWorld Orlando

There are several special events and celebrations happening at SeaWorld Orlando this month. The Seven Seas Food Festival comes to a close on May 9, so there are just two weekends left to enjoy the annual event. This year’s festival marketplaces include returning favorites along with a few exciting new locations. Guests can also enjoy live music at Bayside Stadium on event days. The lineup for the final days of the festival includes:

  • Edwin McCain – Saturday, May 1 (6:00 PM)
  • Riley Green – Sunday, May 2 (6:00 PM)
  • Jesse McCartney – Saturday, May 8 (6:00 PM)
  • Kansas – Sunday, May 9 (6:00 PM)

On May 1, 2, and 5, you can enjoy a special Cinco De Mayo celebration in addition to the Seven Seas Food Festival. The celebration starts with a Fiesta in the Street at Wild Arctic Plaza. Entertainers and stilt walkers will be helping guests get into the party spirit from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. A DJ will also provide the perfect mix of new and classic jams for a physically distant dance party. Along with the DJ’s tunes, live bands will play traditional Mexican melodies at various times throughout the day. Cinco de Mayo at SeaWorld Orlando is just the beginning of Latin celebrations coming to the park this summer. The Viva La Música festival is back starting May 15!

Electric Ocean, SeaWorld’s annual summer celebration, is also returning this month. The festivities are set to kick off on May 28. Stay tuned for more details!

Attraction Updates

The following attractions are currently closed at SeaWorld Orlando:

  • Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin (Penguin Habitat is still open)
  • Wild Arctic (Animal Habitat is still open)
  • Rosita’s Harmony Hills
  • Sky Tower

Busch Gardens Tampa

May is all about the events at Busch Gardens Tampa as well. Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends take over the Safari of Fun from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Saturdays and Sundays through May 23. Each weekend will have its own theme, including an all-new celebration in honor of everyday heroes.

On May 15 & 16, Guy Harvey Weekend returns to Busch Gardens Tampa for meet and greets with the world-renowned artist/conservationist. Dr. Guy Harvey will be available to pose for photos and sign copies of his new book at select times on Saturday and Sunday.

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens kicks off on May 28 as well. More details are still to come as the annual event gets closer.


Starting May 1, you can visit with the Fab Five from Heartlake City during LEGO Friends Weekends at LEGOLAND Florida! The special event takes place every Saturday and Sunday through May 16. Dr. Alvah and Carter are planning to cut off the power to every ride and attraction in Heartlake City, and the Heart Squad needs help stopping the villainous duo before it’s too late.

With all the fun events happening and new attractions on the horizon, it’s looking like we’re in for a very exciting summer in Orlando. Don’t miss a minute of the action, follow @Tickets2You on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for all the latest updates on your favorite theme parks!

UPDATED 5/12/21

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