All the Experiences that Will be Available When Walt Disney World Reopens

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Today the Walt Disney World Resort shared the list of attractions that will be open to Guests following the lengthy coronavirus closure when the parks reopen in July. As a reminder, the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11 and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT will reopen on July 15. In order to be able to visit the parks, Guests will need to make a reservation in advance and details about that process can be found here.

Of course, when things reopen, they will look a little different. Most of your favorite attractions will be open, including Spaceship Earth at EPCOT, which had been slated to go down for refurbishment, but now, Disney has shared that the refurbishment work has been paused. (No word on if this means that the work won’t now happen or if it will end up closing at a later date.)

As far as seeing your favorite characters, they will still be there, just in different ways with physical distancing in mind. Disney will introduce a number of special cavalcades and processions that will feature the characters in the parks. For example, Disney is already offering one unique way of seeing characters at Disney Springs, with Stormtroopers patrolling from the buildings above. Guests will be able to experience special cavalcades down the Magic Kingdom parade route, characters sailing the waterways of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, processions along the World Showcase promenade at EPCOT and motorcades on Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Hollywood Boulevard.

In addition, you never know where you’ll see characters, besides these cavalcades. For example, you may see Buzz Lightyear after rocketing through space in Tomorrowland, or Captain Jack Sparrow in the queue of Pirates of the Caribbean (I’ve actually experienced this before and it’s quite fun!), or Anna and Elsa around World Showcase, or members of the Resistance hiding from the First Order in Black Spire Outpost.

Many entertainment acts will also be returning, like the Main Street Philharmonic at the Magic Kingdom, Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors at EPCOT, and more.

Let’s take a look at the attractions, experiences, and shops that will be open at each park when they reopen:

Magic Kingdom

Attractions

  • “it’s a small world”
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Entertainment

  • Main Street Philharmonic

Character Cavalcades throughout the day, with Guest-favorite Disney friends appearing along the parade route—which will include:

  • The Royal Princess Processional
  • Mickey & Friends Cavalcade
  • Fantasyland Friends Cavalcade
  • A Goofy Cavalcade
  • Tinker Bell & the Lost Treasure

Shops

  • Arribas Brothers
  • Baby Care
  • Big Al’s
  • Box Office Gifts
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Photos
  • Crystal Arts
  • Emporium
  • Fantasy Faire
  • Hundred Acre Goods
  • Island Supply by Sunglass Hut
  • Main Street Confectionery
  • Memento Mori
  • Mickey’s Star Traders
  • Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar
  • Rubio Arts
  • Sir Mickey’s
  • Splashdown Photos
  • Strollers & Wheelchairs
  • The Chapeau
  • Tomorrowland Light & Power Co.
  • TTC Cart / Wheelchairs
  • Uptown Jewelers & Cinema
  • Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe

EPCOT

Attractions

  • Awesome Planet
  • Canada Far and Wide
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Friendship Lagoon Boats
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  • Impressions de France
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Kidcot (modified)
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Reflections of China
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The American Adventure
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience

Entertainment

America Gardens Theatre Presents… featuring popular EPCOT performers such as:

  • JAMMitors
  • Mariachi Cobre

Character Cavalcades throughout the day, featuring favorite Disney friends traveling around World Showcase promenade—including:

  • Frozen Promenade
  • Mickey & Friends World Tour
  • Princess Promenade

Shops

  • African Heritage
  • Arribas Brothers
  • Art of Disney
  • Baby Care
  • Canada Cart
  • China Kiosk
  • Disney Traders
  • Galerie Des Halles
  • Gateway Gifts
  • Glas Und Porcellan
  • ImageWorks
  • Karamell Kuche
  • La Bottega Italiana
  • Mexico Indoor Plaza
  • Mission: SPACE Cargo
  • Mitsukoshi
  • Mouse Gear Temporary Location
  • Pin Traders – Camera Center
  • Port of Entry
  • Puffin’s Roost
  • Sea Base Alpha Gift Shop
  • Strollers & Wheelchairs
  • Tea Caddy
  • Test Track Simporium
  • Wood Carver
  • World Traveler

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Attractions

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Vacation Fun (at Mickey Shorts Theater)
  • Walt Disney Presents

Entertainment

Character Cavalcades throughout the day, with favorite Disney friends appearing along Hollywood Boulevard—including:

  • Disney Junior Stars Motorcade
  • Mickey & Friends Motorcade
  • Pixar Motorcade

Shops

  • Celebrity 5 & 10
  • Crossroads of the World
  • Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
  • Droid Depot Experience
  • Droid Depot Store
  • In Character
  • Legends of Hollywood
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Mickey’s Of Hollywood
  • Movieland Memorabilia
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Sid Cahuenga’s One-of-a-Kind
  • Rock Around The Shop
  • Rubio Arts
  • Strollers & Wheelchairs
  • Tatooine Traders
  • The Market
  • Tower Hotel Gifts
  • Toy Story Mania Shop

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Attractions

  • Affection Section
  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • DINOSAUR
  • Discovery Island Trails
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
  • The Oasis Exhibits
  • TriceraTop Spin
  • Wilderness Explorers
  • Wildlife Express

Entertainment

Character Cruises throughout the day, with Guest-favorite Disney friends appearing in boats around Discovery River—including the following:

  • Discovery River Character Cruise
  • Discovery Island Drummers
  • Donald’s Dino Boat Bash!
  • Mickey & Friends Flotilla

Shops

  • Africa Hub Cart
  • African Heritage Wood Carving
  • Baby Care
  • Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures
  • Discovery Trading Company
  • Garden Gate Gifts & Strollers
  • Kilimanjaro Safari Cart
  • Mandala Gifts
  • Mombasa Marketplace
  • Out Of The Wild
  • Serka Zong Bazaar
  • The Dino Institute Shop
  • Windtraders

Of course, the big thing to keep in mind is that some experiences, while available, may be modified, limited in capacity and subject to availability or closure.

Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

5 thoughts on “All the Experiences that Will be Available When Walt Disney World Reopens

  • June 20, 2020 at 12:51 pm
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    I’m thinkin’ it might be easier to tell us what WON’T be open……

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  • June 20, 2020 at 4:12 pm
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    Agree with Ms. O’Neill. Would be far easier to see a list of what isn’t open. Will compare this list with my TP spreadsheet lol. Looks like singing groups such as the Dapper Dans & Voices of Liberty won’t be performing. From what I’ve read, social distancing for singers needs to be increased.

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  • June 20, 2020 at 7:12 pm
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    I’m definitely surprised by some of these. I’m guessing the only way to make Swiss Family Treehouse make sense to is have a cast member make sure only one family goes up and comes down before the next family? Good thing no one goes there, lol. Also surprised by all of the theatre shows being open, and things like Swirling Saucers and Teacups that seem to begin and end in random places would be a real challenge to sanitize in a methodical way. If what Len says is true about the virtual queues not being used, that’s an unexpected approach. I guess we’ll see how it pans out!

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