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Latest Theme Park Updates Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused ongoing changes to operations and offerings at theme parks and resorts around the world. If you’re planning a visit to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, Disneyland Resort, or other destinations, it’s best to stay up-to-date on the latest operational updates.

At most theme parks and resorts, you can expect to see a few changes from pre-pandemic visits. These generally include:

  • Required face coverings for all guests ages 2 and up
  • Required temperature screenings prior to entry (through May 16, 2021)
  • Reduced park hours and entertainment offerings
  • Reduced capacity in parks, attraction queues, shopping, and dining
  • Enhanced cleaning of attractions and high-touch areas
  • Face coverings can be removed temporarily for dining or taking outdoor photos

With all of this change, it’s likely that even seasoned park-goers will be a little lost when faced with planning their next theme park vacation. TouringPlans is ready to help. Our researchers are in the parks everty day, staying on top of the latest in safety procedures, attendance, park hours, wait times, and best dining options for you and your family.

Walt Disney World (Florida)

Disney reopened Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on Saturday, July 11. EPCOT and Hollywood Studios reopened on Wednesday, July 15. Disney's Blizzard Beach water park is open. while Typhoon Lagoon remains closed.

See Disney's Returning to a World of Magic for the latest details, which may change over time. Important details include:

  • Park access requires a reservation.
  • Prior to May 16, 2021, Guests must have their temperatures screened before entering.
  • Everyone age 2 and up must bring and wear a face covering (see the Returning to a World of Magic page for specifics) in the parks.
  • Many in-park experiences (character greetings, parades, fireworks, etc.) where social distancing is challenging are suspended or altered.

Most (but not all) Disney Resort Hotels have reopened. Here is the current schedule:

  • All Disney Vacation Club Resorts and Fort Wilderness opened to guests on June 22, 2020
  • Pop Century and the Contemporary opened on July 10, 2020
  • Caribbean Beach opened on July 29, 2020
  • Yacht Club opened on August 24, 2020
  • Grand Floridian opened on September 21, 2020
  • Coronado Springs opened on October 16, 2020
  • Art of Animation opened on November 1, 2020
  • All-Star Movies opened on March 22, 2021
  • Beach Club Resort will open May 30, 2021
  • Wilderness Lodge will open June 6, 2021
  • BoardWalk Inn will open July 2, 2021
  • Polynesian Village will open Summer 2021
  • No reopening date yet for: All-Star Music, All-Star Sports, Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, and the non-DVC part of Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney Springs

Most dining and shopping locations in Disney Springs (Disney World's shopping/dining/entertainment district) are open. The new Disney Springs Cirque du Soleil show Drawn to Life has been delayed indefinitely.

Other Theme Parks


  • Disneyland (California)
    • Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks re-opened on April 30, 2021. Capacity is limited and park reservations are required. Initially only California residents are allowed entry.
    • Disney's Grand Californian Hotel re-open on April 29, 2021.
    • Downtown Disney reopened July 9, 2020, but not all shops and restaurants may be operating, depending on demand and government restrictions.
    • Many in-park experiences (character greetings, parades, fireworks, etc.) where physical distancing is challenging are suspended or altered.
    See Disneyland's Experience Updates page for other important details.

  • Universal Orlando (Florida)
    Theme parks, hotels, and CityWalk closed on Sunday, March 15. CityWalk reopened with limited hours and locations on May 14. The Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay parks reopened to the the public on Wednesday, June 5, 2020. The Universal Orlando Resort Operations Update page has reopening information, including new safety practices.

    Although it closed for winter, Universal's Volcano Bay water park is now open.
    Prior to May 6, 2021, Guests must have their temperature screened.

  • Disneyland Paris
    Parks closed (again) as of October 30, 2020. An attempt to open briefly in December 2020 was aborted and the expected opening date in 2021 was pushed back a few times. At this point no re-opening date is known. See the Reopening Disneyland Parks page for other details.

    Previously parks closed Sunday, March 15, 2020. A phased re-opening began on July 15, when both theme parks, Disney’s Newport Bay Club hotel, and Disney Village opening with enhanced safety measures. (Among other things, park reservations and face masks are required.) Hotel Cheyenne re-opened on July 20.

  • Shanghai Disneyland
    Shanghai Disneyland reopened on May 11, 2020. Limited attendance, physical distancing, and procedures (such as masks and temperature screenings) are in place.

  • Tokyo Disney Resort
    Parks are open with limited hours in place April 20 to May 11, 2021. See the Tokyo Disney website for information about operational changes.

  • Hong Kong Disneyland
    Park re-opened (for the third time since closing in 2020) on Friday, February, 19, 2021. The park is temporarily closed most Tuesdays and Thursdays. Park reservations, physical distancing, a mask requirement, health checks, and other safety procedures are in place. See the Hong Kong Disneyland website for details.

Disney Cruise Line

At this point Disney Cruise Line has cancelled all departures through June 2021. In addition, sailings on the Disney Magic (which was scheduled to cruise Europe during the summer) are cancelled through September 19, 2021.

See DCL's Disney Cruise Line Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Alert page for details. Disney Cruise Line is offering guests sailing on these cruises either a cruise credit for a future sailing within 15 months of their original sail date, or a full refund.

Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort

Reopened June 15, 2020

Disney's Vero Beach Resort

Reopened June 15, 2020

Disney's Aulani Resort

Aulani Resort in Hawaii began a phased re-opening on Sunday, November 1, 2020. Many activities and dining options are suspended or modified. See Aulani's Travel Advisory FAQ for details.

Adventures by Disney

Adventures by Disney has canceled most departures through the end of March 2021 and is allowing penalty-free postponements. See the Adventures by Disney Travel Advisory page for details.

Disney on Broadway

The Lion King and Aladdin shows on Broadway in New York City are suspended from March 12, 2020, until at least May 30, 2021 (along with all other Broadway performances). Frozen on Broadway has closed permanently.

Economic Assistance for Travel Agents

We have an Economic Assistance for Travel Agents article on our blog with details about United States government programs that might be helpful to travel agents.

Last updated on May 6, 2021

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