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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
  • Reduced park hours and entertainment offerings
  • Reduced capacity in parks, attraction queues, shopping, and dining
  • Enhanced cleaning of attractions and high-touch areas

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 two water parks - Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon - remained closed. One will reopen on March 7, 2021.

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.
  • Guests 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 will open on February 9, 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 parts of Wilderness Lodge and 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 is scheduled to open on February 10, 2021

Other Theme Parks


  • Disneyland (California)
    • Downtown Disney reopened July 9, 2020, but not all shops and restaurants may be operating.
    • The Buena Vista Street area of Disney California Adventure is open as a shopping and dining experience extension of Downtown Disney; no park admission is required for entry
    • Disney's Grand Californian Resort re-opened December 6, 2020.
    • Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks (i.e., the rides) have not announced reopening dates
    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. The Universal Orlando Resort Operations Update page has reopening information, including new safety practices.

    The Volcano Bay water park is closed for the season and will reopen in early March 2021.

  • Disneyland Paris
    Parks are closed (again) as of October 30, 2020. The resort is scheduled to re-open December 19, 2020, to January 3, 2021. Then it will close again, reopening on February 13, 2021. 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. Limited attendance, social distancing, and procedures (such as masks and temperature screenings) are in place.

  • Tokyo Disney Resort
    Reopened on July 1. See the Tokyo Disney website for information about operational changes.

  • Hong Kong Disneyland
    The park reopened again on September 25. See the Hong Kong Disneyland website for details.

Disney Cruise Line

At this point Disney Cruise Line has cancelled departures through the end of January 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 expects to begin 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 January 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 November 23, 2020

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