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

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic 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. Look for park-specific details further down on this page.

Although temperature screenings were once required, those ceased at US parks in Spring 2021. There are no mask requirements outdoors, but parks may require masks of everyone (regardless of vaccination status) while indoors.

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 every 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, 2020. EPCOT and Hollywood Studios reopened on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Disney's Blizzard Beach water park is open, but 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:

  • All guests age 2 and older must wear a face covering while indoors (including on buses, monorails, and Skyliner cars) as of July 30, 2021. Face coverings are not required in outdoor queues or open-air attractions.
  • Park access requires a reservation.
  • Some live-action shows have not returned.
  • Character greeting spots have been replaced by "sightings" where hugs and autographs are not possible. Also, "cavalcade" mini-parades showcase many characters.
  • Some character meals exist, but characters interact from a distance rather than come directly to tables.
  • Fireworks returned to Magic Kingdom and EPCOT on July 1, 2021.

All but one Disney Resort Hotels have reopened. Here is list:

  • 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 opened May 30, 2021
  • Wilderness Lodge opened June 6, 2021
  • BoardWalk Inn opened July 2, 2021
  • Polynesian Village opened July 19, 2021
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge opened on August 26, 2021
  • All-Star Music opened on September 16, 2021
  • Port Orleans - Riverside opened October 14, 2021
  • Port Orleans - French Quarter opened October 28, 2021
  • All-Star Sports will open on an unknown future date.

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 was delayed and is now scheduled to premiere on November 18, 2021.

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.
    • All guests age 2 and older must wear a face covering while indoors as of July 30, 2021.
    • Disney's Grand Californian Hotel re-opened on April 29, 2021. Paradise Pier reopened June 15, 2021. Disneyland Hotel reopened July 2, 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, etc.) where physical distancing is challenging are suspended or altered.
    See Disneyland's Experience Updates page for other important details.

  • Universal Orlando (Florida)
    All parks and CityWalk are open. There are no longer temperature screenings, and face coverings are NOT required outdoors by anyone. Guests who are not fully-vaccinated are expected to wear face coverings indoors. Cleanliness and safe distancing are encouraged. Universal Orlando's Safety FAQ has details.

    Theme parks, hotels, and CityWalk closed on Sunday, March 15, 2020. CityWalk reopened with limited hours and locations on May 14, 2020. The Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay parks reopened to the the public on Wednesday, June 5, 2020. Volcano Bay was closed again for the winter (November 2, 2020, to February 26, 2021) but has been open continuously since then.

  • Disneyland Paris
    Parks, along with Disney's Newport Bay Club and Disney Village reopened on June 17, 2021. Note that France may require a "Health Pass" to visit the theme parks. See the Reopening Disneyland Parks page for other details.

    (The resort initially closed on March 15, 2020, but was open with some hotels from July 15 to October 30, 2020.)


  • 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 place1. 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 not open every day, and is closed most Tuesdays and Thursdays. It has also closed on other random days due to local safety precautions. 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

All four Disney ships have resumed sailing, starting with the Disney Dream on August 9, 2021.

Proof of vaccination (for those eligible; those who can't be vaccinated must submit negative COVID-19 test results) and a rapid COVID-19 test at the departure port are required to board. Also, face coverings are required indoors, and various physical distancing practices are in place. See the official DCL Know Before You Go page for the latest details.

Note that some itineraries have been altered because certain ports are closed to cruise ship visitors.

Disney Cruise Line offered guests sailing on cancelled 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 many departures has allowed 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 were suspended on March 12, 2020 (along with all other Broadway performances). Frozen on Broadway closed permanently on that date. The Lion King and Aladdin resumed performances in September 2021 as Broadway "reopened," although some performances have been cancelled due to health protocols.

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 17, 2021

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