Disney has shared some additional information on how some of our beloved attractions and entertainment offerings might look a little different than they have in the past once the theme parks begin to reopen next month.
Most attractions will be available at each park – for example, live your adventure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with attractions like Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. At Magic Kingdom Park, classics such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean are waiting to welcome guests with thrilling adventures for the whole family. Time travelers, take note that the iconic Spaceship Earth attraction at EPCOT will also continue to be available in its current state while we pause on its planned refurbishment, along with other favorite attractions like Soarin’ Around the World, Frozen Ever After and Test Track presented by Chevrolet. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, the magic of nature awaits with Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain and Avatar Flight of Passage.
Today, Disney is reminding guests that cherished characters will appear around the theme parks “in new and different ways that bring a smile to your face while also being mindful of physical distancing.”
Guests will experience special character sightings such as cavalcades heading through the Magic Kingdom Park parade route, friends sailing the waterways of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, processions along the World Showcase promenade at EPCOT, and motorcades on Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Hollywood Boulevard. They have also shared that guests should be ready for surprises as they have quite a few in store.
For example, after rocketing through space in Tomorrowland you might see that famous Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear; or discover a captive Captain Jack Sparrow as you traverse the Castillo del Morro on your way to Pirates of the Caribbean. You could cross paths with Queen Anna and Elsa as they venture “into the unknown” on a journey around World Showcase at EPCOT or spy members of the Resistance hiding out from the First Order throughout Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu.
Several musical groups will also return when the parks reopen. Guests can look forward to seeing Main Street Philharmonic at Magic Kingdom Park, plus the Mariachi Cobre and the funky drumming crew – the JAMMitors at EPCOT, just to name a few.
Even though things might be a little different than what we’re all used to, Disney is assuring guests that there will be plenty of magic for everyone to enjoy when Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park open on July 11, and EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios open on July 15.
Stay up-to-date on all that’s happening with the reopening of the theme parks by visiting our Walt Disney World Resort Reopening Information and Updates page.