Monorails will once again bring Disney World guests to Epcot starting July 18. 

The line running from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Epcot has been shuttered since Disney World shut down in mid-March 2020, days after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Service will be offered daily starting Sunday, running from one hour before Epcot opens until one hour past park closing. 

Besides depriving guests of views of the ongoing construction at the center of Epcot, the closure  also forced people staying at the hotels around Magic Kingdom’s monorail loop to rely on bus transportation to get to Disney World’s second theme park. Disney’s Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resorts will no longer have bus service to Epcot starting July 25, according to Disney. 

Disney’s Polynesian Village will continue offering busses to Epcot until mid-August, due to the ongoing work on the resort’s monorail station. 

As with the Magic Kingdom monorail, face masks will be required on the Epcot line, regardless of guests’ vaccination status. 

Legoland Florida bringing back Brick or Treat, Holidays at Legoland events

Legoland Florida’s Halloween and holiday festivities will be returning to the Winter Haven resort later this year.

Brick or Treat will run on Saturdays and Sundays throughout October. Activities include trick-or-treating around the park and special Halloween-themed character greetings and Lego builds. 

Starting Nov. 26, the Holidays at Legoland event will take over the park, offering a 30-foot-tall Lego tree, a meet-and-greet with Lego Santa and seasonal holiday shows. Dates for the event include Nov. 26-28, and Dec. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, and 24-31. 

Both events are included with the price of regular admission to Legoland. 

NBC Sports Grill & Brew now open at Universal Studios Hollywood

The Hollywood version of Universal CityWalk has once copied a concept from its larger Orlando sibling, bringing NBC Sports Grill & Brew to the shopping and dining district outside Universal Studios Hollywood. 

Taking over the space once occupied by Tony Roma’s, the NBC Sports-themed restaurant focuses on pub fare like angus beef burgers, wings, and a selection of more than 40 beers. 

With its opening long delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant’s namesake cable channel, NBC Sports, is now scheduled to close at the end of 2021. 

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