What is Still Closed at Walt Disney World?

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Disney World officially reopened in July 2020, well over a year ago. While the parks were open, initially there were many WDW elements that remained shuttered well after the reopening. For example, the Port Orleans resorts are just opening their doors this month. Nearly everything has finally resumed operations, but there are still a few Walt Disney World features that continue to remain closed these include:

Resorts

All Star Sports resort is one of the Walt Disney World elements that remains closed post-COVID
  • All-Star Sports resort. This hotel was scheduled to reopen on December 9, 2021, but the opening has been delayed with no specific date set yet. The other All-Stars are now operational.

Restaurants

  • Garden View Tea Room, Grand Floridian resort
  • Akershus, Norway Pavilion, Epcot. Akershus is currently being used as a lounge for Florida Blue Healthcare users and employees.
  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall, Port Orleans Riverside resort
  • ESPN Club, Boardwalk resort
  • Flying Fish, Boardwalk resort
  • Jiko, Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Monsieur Paul, France pavilion, Epcot
  • Restaurant Marrakesh, Morocco pavilion, Epcot
  • Spyglass Grill, Caribbean Beach resort
  • Storybook Dining at Artist Point, Wilderness Lodge resort
  • Takumi-Tei, Japan pavilion, Epcot
  • Turf Club, Saratoga Springs resort
  • Victoria & Albert’s, Grand Floridian resort
  • Top of the World Lounge, Bay Lake Tower resort

Attractions

  • Typhoon Lagoon. This entire water park is not open.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad, Magic Kingdom
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle, Magic Kingdom
  • Star Wars Launch Bay, Hollywood Studios
  • Traditional character greetings at all locations (some modified meet and greets will return in November)
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Hollywood Studios
  • Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, Hollywood Studios (scheduled return date is Dec. 19, 2021)
  • Finding Nemo: The Musical (a reimagined version will return sometime in 2022)
  • Fantasmic, Hollywood Studios
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade, Magic Kingdom

Services

  • Parking lot trams
  • Package delivery to the resort and to the front of theme parks
  • Disney Dining Plan
  • Tables in Wonderland

Tours, Special Events, and Other

  • All Non-VIP tours are currently non-operational including, Backstage Magic, Behind the Seeds, Caring for Giants, Family Magic Tour, Keys to the Kingdom, DiveQuest, Undiscovered Future World, Wild Africa Trek, and others
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (all locations)
  • Harmony Barber Shop
  • Pirate Adventure Cruises
  • Senses Spas (all locations)
  • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, Fort Wilderness
  • Spirit of Aloha Luau, Polynesian Village resort
  • Backyard BBQ, Fort Wilderness

Which items would you like to see return most? Let us know in the comments.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

20 thoughts on “What is Still Closed at Walt Disney World?

  • October 19, 2021 at 11:53 am
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    Is the Hoop-Dee-Doo revue open now? I didn’t see it on the list, but thought it was unavailable.

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    • October 19, 2021 at 11:54 am
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      You are correct. It is still closed. Thanks for the catch. Adding it to the list now.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 12:06 pm
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    I think Atlantic Dance on the Boardwalk has reopened.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 12:09 pm
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    Also:
    -Fantasmic!
    -Festival of Fantasy parade
    -Hollywood Studios fireworks shows (any of them)
    -Hoop-de-Doo Revue
    -Spirit of Aloha
    -1900 Park Fare
    -Disney Junior Dance Party (the actual show)
    -Portions of the Dumbo queue playground
    -Blue flag boat route that connects Contemporary/Wilderness Lodge/Fort Wilderness
    -Zahanati massage services at AKL
    -Characters at some restaurants that previously featured them (Crystal Palace, Cape May Cafe)
    -Various entertainment acts around Epcot’s World Showcase

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  • October 19, 2021 at 12:23 pm
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    Think you may have also missed Top of the World Lounge.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 12:57 pm
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    Any information re when the parking lot trams might be working again? I’m dreading the long walk back to our car after a long day at the park 🙁

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    • October 19, 2021 at 1:33 pm
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      At this point, they are clearly just keeping them closed as a cost reduction. It’s downright reprehensible, but unless Disney sees their business suffering as a result, no reason to think they’ll ever return.

      But of course, if you don’t want to make that long walk, you can always pay for preferred parking…
      $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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    • October 20, 2021 at 8:48 pm
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      This is tough on my partner, who struggles to walk more than short distances. The tram got us closer to the scooter rentals. Shame on Disney. Chapek is a money-grubbing SOB it seems.

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      • October 20, 2021 at 9:36 pm
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        Mike, my wife had similar problems with trouble walking even short distances. Your partner should consider getting getting a handicap hang-tag, which Disney will honor.

  • October 19, 2021 at 2:47 pm
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    FYI, we were at Citrico’s 3 weeks ago (9/29/21) and asked the CM at the reception desk when V&A would reopen and she said it would be a year or more.

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    • October 19, 2021 at 8:32 pm
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      I really hope Hoop Dee Doo comes back before April!

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  • October 19, 2021 at 3:42 pm
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    Sad to hear that ETWB remains closed. But given the way it operates, I suppose it will not be coming back any time soon.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 4:12 pm
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    Most of the stores in Epcot are still closed.

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    • October 20, 2021 at 8:36 am
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      Wait… the shops in Epcot are closed? In WS? I sure hope that changes by Christmas time!

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      • October 20, 2021 at 9:52 am
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        Some of the Epcot World Showcase shops are closed, but not all of them. For example, Mexico is now fully operational as are China and Japan. In Germany, the wine store and ornament stores are open, but the teddy bear and soccer apparel stores are not. In the UK, the tea store and the shops attached to it are open, but the stores on the other side of the walkway are not. The main Canada store is closed. Most of Morocco shopping is closed. Italy is mostly open. Norway is mostly open. The France makeup and wine stores are open, as is the show exit shop – the other store is closed.

  • October 19, 2021 at 5:51 pm
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    We keep hoping the barber shop on Main Street will open before our December trip, but I don’t think that’s likely. I’d really love to have our son’s first haircut there since they do the package with photos and ears.

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  • October 19, 2021 at 8:34 pm
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    When in November are modified character meets supposed to return? Is there a date? Should we guess it’s middle to late November?

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    • October 20, 2021 at 9:47 am
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      No specifics yet. Sorry.

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  • October 20, 2021 at 11:48 am
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    Thanks for the list! I’m really hoping for Fantasmic! and Storybook Dining at Artist Point to open up again soon!

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  • October 21, 2021 at 8:49 pm
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    In December, I’m taking my 80+ year old father for his first trip to WDW in 35 years. I really hate the lack of parking lot trams for him. He also really wanted to go to afternoon tea at the Garden View Tea Room. I’m bummed that neither of these are back.

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