Here’s What Will Be Closed at Walt Disney World

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Yesterday, Walt Disney World released a list of what will be open–but when it comes to attractions, for most people knowing what will be closed is more helpful than what will be open. Here’s a list of what didn’t appear on the “open” list, that we would assume will be closed, at least during the first stages of reopening.

Magic Kingdom

Not appearing on the “to be open” (and presumed closed) list are:

  • Main Street Vehicles
  • Walt Disney World Railroad
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Casey Jr. Splash ‘n’ Soak
  • Harmony Barber Shop
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • All character meet and greet locations (although a “character cavalcade” will travel through Magic Kingdom with characters, very similar to the look and feel of the Move It, Shake It “mini parade”)
  • Festival of Fantasy afternoon parade
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Happily Ever After

Although an official dining list has not been provided by Disney yet, Disney did announce which table service restaurants would have mobile dine check-in. When the list was first published, not all restaurants were listed, however more restaurants have been added and it appears all table-service restaurants will be operating in Magic Kingdom.

EPCOT

Not appearing on the “to be open” (and presumed closed) list are:

  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-a-Long (although Impressions de France is on the opening list)
  • Turtle Talk with Crush (this was removed from Disney’s “open” list last night)
  • All character meet and greet locations (although there will be parade-like character meet and greets in World Showcase throughout the day)
  • EPCOT Forever

On Disney’s list, no live performances were listed for World Showcase acts, and some had been cut earlier this year before the COVID closures. We do know that Disney is planning to have the JAMMitors and Mariachi Cobre performing as part of the newly revamped Food and Wine festival.

Although only a few restaurants are listed as having mobile check-in for EPCOT, because there are so many restaurants run by third-party companies, we can’t compile a list of what will and won’t be open for table-service restaurants at this time.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Not appearing on the “to be open” (and presumed closed) list are:

  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Singalong
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Star Wars: Launch Bay
  • Trials of the Temple: Jedi Training Academy
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • All character meet and greet locations (although there will be motorcade-type character parades throughout the day)
  • Fantasmic!
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Fireworks Spectacular

Not on the list originally for mobile check-in was Hollywood Brown Derby, however it has now been added to the list. All table-service restaurants are listed, however Oga’s Cantina is not listed at present.

Animal Kingdom

Not appearing on the “to be open” (and presumed closed) list are:

  • The Boneyard
  • Festival of the Lion King (this was removed from Disney’s “open” list last night)
  • Finding Nemo the Musical
  • Fossil Fun Games
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure Show
  • Primeval Whirl (which had already been in the “maybe” category for openings anyhow)
  • All character meet and greet locations (although there will be a character boat parade throughout the day)
  • Rivers of Light

Live performances were also not listed for Animal Kingdom–we’ll have to wait and see what will be there when the parks reopen.

When the list was originally published, no table-service restaurants were listed for Animal Kingdom as having mobile check-in, however Tiffins and Tusker House have now been added. Rainforest Cafe and Yak and Yeti are both operated by a third-party company, and so I would expect we’ll hear more information about them soon.

Additional Notes

In addition, at least in the short-term, resort hopping will be a thing of the past. If you’re not staying at a resort, you won’t be looking around or dining there. As of noon on June 21, there was a notice on Disney’s web site that only guests with a room reservation could book dining at resort hotels. This will be changing in the future, however.

We don’t know yet about Disney Water Parks–some park hours are listed starting in July, however Disney has been removing park hours on a rolling basis and they have not yet officially announced a reopening date for Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.

There are also likely smaller diversions that I wouldn’t expect to see in the short-term–anything that requires close contact between people, such as face painting and hair braiding.

At Disney Springs, we still don’t have reopening dates for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Splitsville, or The VOID, and the new Cirque du Soleil “Drawn to Life” show doesn’t start up until August 4.

 

Julia Mascardo

Freelance writer and editor, living the dream in Central Florida with my husband, cats, and spirited nine-year-old daughter.

11 thoughts on “Here’s What Will Be Closed at Walt Disney World

  • June 21, 2020 at 10:18 am
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    When I called yesterday they said Typhoon Lagoon wouldn’t be open yet. We aren’t going until Sept, and have just accepted that everything is uncertain, so we just plan for what we can.

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  • June 21, 2020 at 11:07 am
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    I get no resort hopping for looking around…but no dining either? So ‘Obama is out unless you’re staying at Poly?

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  • June 21, 2020 at 11:08 am
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    That was supposed to be ‘Ohana… gotta love autocorrect!

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  • June 21, 2020 at 11:53 am
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    Autocorrect is the band/bone/bonk/bond/bank of my existence. 😉

    At some point, WDW resort hotels will allow dining reservations for guests not staying on property, however at present, here’s what it says on Disney’s site:

    Dining Experiences & Reservations
    Select dining locations will be available at Disney Resort hotels.

    Guests with reservations at Disney Resort hotels June 22 through July 10, 2020 can make reservations for select Walt Disney World Resort hotel and available Disney Springs dining locations beginning June 18, 2020. Call the Disney Reservation Center at (407) 824-1391 to check availability and make reservations. Or, if you’re a Disney Vacation Club Member, call Member Services at (800) 800-9800. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

    Note: At this time, a valid Disney Resort hotel reservation will be required to make dining reservations. Online reservations are only available at select Disney Springs dining locations at this time. Online reservations for other dining experiences will reopen at a later date.

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    At least for right now, don’t feel too bad if you aren’t staying on property and want that ‘Ohana reservation–at this time, ‘Ohana does not have a date for reopening, whether you are staying on or off property, so everyone’s in the same place for missing those chicken wings! The latest information is listed here:

    https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/experience-updates/resorts/

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  • June 21, 2020 at 11:55 am
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    Mike: Great catch–looks like they’ve added quite a few more restaurants than were listed earlier. I’m updating the article now!

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  • June 21, 2020 at 12:49 pm
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    Thanks, Julia! Will have to see how it plays out. We currently have Pop reservations in late October, so hoping ‘Ohana is an option by then (DD loooooves Stitch!)

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  • June 21, 2020 at 7:35 pm
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    Since so many of the “crowd-sucking” attractions will be (understandably) closed — I’m thinking of shows in giant theaters in particular — it will be interesting to see how Disney takes that into account with the limited numbers of guests they allow in each park each day. I’m sure it’s a math problem that’s way over my head, but I’m also curious to see if they limit line capacity at each attraction to spread people around the attractions more or if they just account for the social distancing and allow lines to snake their way through the parks. I’ll be watching from afar and hoping for a 2021 visit when things settle down a little.

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  • June 22, 2020 at 11:18 am
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    we are going in september No reservations yet.. we had some for jly that we cancelled. does anyone know when I can make hotel reservations

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  • June 22, 2020 at 7:37 pm
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    Any info on Savi’s workshop?

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:56 pm
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    Can annual pass holder who paid in full get cash refund for number of days left in pass duration?

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