The time has arrived that we have all been waiting for… Disney World is Reopening! (insert cheering and confetti) It has been a long four months without the Disney Magic, so you’ll likely want to know where to watch all the opening festivities.
So let’s get to the important information… Opening dates and where you can watch all the festivities as things open back up!
The Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom open to the public on July 11th. Cast Member previews are taking place July 7th & 8th and Passholder Previews are the 9th & 10th.
Epcot & Hollywood Studios opens to the public on July 15th. Cast Member previews are taking place July 13th & 14th and Passholder Previews have not been announced.
This post will be updated as more parks open and more information is available!
What we have learned about the reopening of Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom is that at bag check you will be asked to place all of your metal objects and electronics in a clear plastic bag for security to look at without touching anything.
You will then take your bag and other belongings along with you thru the metal detector. If it is set off you will be asked to step aside to see if you missed something. I would imagine that it will be the same way at all of the parks.
Inside of the Magic Kingdom there are the distancing markers for all rides and sanitizer just about everywhere you look. Most rides are spacing one group to each ride car. For example on Splash Mountain one group per log. Big Thunder Mountain, 1 group per train section. On other rides like the Haunted Mansion, they are using every other ride vehicle to space people out.
There are 3 Relaxation Stations where you can take your mask off in the Magic Kingdom; Golden Oak Outpost near Frontierland and Adventureland, and at Tomorrowland Terrace in Tomorrowland and an air-conditioned location inside of Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Fantasyland.
Being those character interactions have to be modified Magic Kingdom has put Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald & Pluto on a Move it Shake it float and randomly drive around with the park dancing, waving, and singing from the float!
We spoke with ResortTV1 via Facebook after their first day back at the park and they said “It was amazing to be back in the parks, and we thought it was a very smooth first day of operation for Magic Kingdom!”
We are hearing from Nate at Paging Mr Morrow that you can take your masks off while riding Kilimanjaro Safaris because there is Plexiglas between the seat rows. A lot of the other rides have Plexiglas dividers in the ride queues where it can be tight.
There are 2 Mask Relaxation stations located by the UP show and another by Pizzafari.
Just like with Magic Kingdom there is hand sanitizer at every ride and all around the park. Most rides we walk on or very low wait times during the cast member previews.
Epcot has started previews and with the size of this park, it was by far the lowest looking crowds. Walking around the wold showcase you will fond the booth open for the International Food & Wine Festival. This is my favorite festival so I am really excited that it is starting earlier. It is also fun that they are sprinkling in aspects of the Flower and Garden Festival that got cut short.
New for this year they have 5 booths located inside of the World Showplace Marketplace. This building isn’t usually used except for media events. Inside you can get some samplings of great food options, grab and table and cool off in the AC.
Belle, Aurora, Jasmine, and Snow White travel around on a cavalcade along with Goofy around the world showcase. Elsa also comes along walking in front of Anna in a horse-drawn carriage!
There are 3 relaxation stations at Epcot where you can take a break and take your mask off. One is located in Future wold near Test Track and Mission Space, One is located in Norway in the Akershus restaurant where you can take a break in some air conditioning, the last one is located in the United Kingdom at the Yorkshire County Fish Shoppe. Both restaurant locations are closed for dining and only being used as Relaxation stations.
As Hollywood Studios reopens you can see that a lot of the procedures carry over from the other parks. In ride queues that are inside, there are the Plexiglas separators to help with distancing. Most rides that have pre-shows have a modified experience to help with the flow of guests.
There are very low wait times for all of the rides most capping out at around 30 minutes for the popular rides and 5-10 minutes for everything else. I could see this park, in particular, being the most popular because of having the newest rides. It will be interesting to see if these wait times stay as low as they were in previews. Rise of the resistance is the only ride that does still has the Virtual Queue system. We wrote an overview HERE. Be sure to check it out to see what has changed.
The character cavalcades are spaced out with Characters like Doc McStuffins, Vamperina, Incredible family, Toy Story crew, Mickey and Minnie riding around in custom convertibles to wave at guests. There are also sometimes other charters like Pluto, Chip, and Dale walking along with the convertibles.
There are 2 locations where you can take a break and remove your masks. The first one is located inside of Star Wars Launch Bay and the other one is located in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, near Rise of the Resistance.
Where to find videos?
Resort TV1 is live the following dates:
July 7th, 9th & 11th from the Magic Kingdom
July 15th from Hollywood Studios
July 17th from Epcot
Cory Meets World will be live the following dates:
July 9th & 12th from the Magic Kingdom
July 13th & 15th from EPCOT
July 16th from Hollywood Studios
Nate from Paging Mr Morrow went to the Animal Kingdom
Michael Kay was at the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios for Cast member previews!
Please let us know where you are watching live streams of the reopening and we’ll be sure to add them to our list here. If you enjoy this content and would like to see more, please share our content around and let us know what else you’d like to see us writing about. Have a magical day!