The Walt Disney World Railroad in Disney's Magic Kingdom has been closed now since December…
What everyone wants to know is: “What rides and attractions are open in Disney World now that the parks have opened back up?”
We’ve now had some time to visit the parks since reopening, and this list will give you some insight into what we can expect to experience when you visit Walt Disney World. In this post we have the Full List of Disney World Attractions, Entertainment and Shopping that are currently open and what’s missing still..
Make sure to read our Walt Disney World Reopening Guide for more info on everything else you need to know before visiting.
(NEWS 1/21/20): Festival of the Lion King Returning to Animal Kingdom
Great news for the Disney World theme parks today as Disney has just announced that the “Festival of the Lion King” at the Animal Kingdom is returning in Summer 2021.
Disney is already in the process of bringing back some of the performers, technicians for this show, and others throughout the parks.
When the Festival of the Lion King returns, it will be presented in a modified format at the Harambe Theatre. Adjustments will be made both on the stage and backstage including updates to the choreography of the show to allow for proper physical distancing.
Seating for the audience will also be adjusted as is the case with other theater experiences throughout the resort.
All of the hit songs from the Festival of the Lion King will be back such as “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” “Be Prepared,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” and “Circle of Life”
Entertainment options have been slim since July when the parks reopened so it’s highly encouraging to see one of the most popular shows in Disney World coming back. Just being back with Simba and friends is another step back to normalcy.
Disney has indicated that this will be just one of the entertainment options coming back to Walt Disney World and more shows both at the Animal Kingdom and other parks should be coming shortly after.
The “Festival of the Lion King” does not have an opening date at this time but we will update you as soon as it is announced.
(NEWS 11/16/20): Disney Plans on Brining Back Canceled Entertainment & Shows
You probably have already heard of the dozens of Disney World shows and entertainment that were canceled over the last few months and all the layoffs that occurred from that.
Some good news may be coming however, as Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, Josh D’Amaro, recently said that Disney is planning on brining back the canceled shows and entertainment.
Canceled shows include favorites like Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo – The Musical, and the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue.
This would be huge news and a big boost to the parks since almost all the Disney World stage shows and street performers have been closed or laid-off indefinitely.
D’Amaro didn’t give a timeline for when they are planning on brining back those shows, and he didn’t guarantee that all of the currently closed shows will come back. He also confirmed Disney will continue to introduce new entertainment to the parks as well.
Whatever the case, it is encouraging to hear some of our favorites will indeed be coming back when the time is right. Stay tuned as we keep you updated on this story.
(NEWS 10/30/20): Major Layoffs of Disney World Entertainment Cast Members
Since the Disney World theme parks reopened, one big thing has been missing…shows. Now it looks like many of them won’t be coming back for sometime after there were major layoffs to the Disney World shows and entertainment this week.
So far, 720 of the 760 Cast Members who are part of the Actors’ Equity Association were let go by Disney.
Layoffs include full cast and crew from shows at all 4 theme parks and 1 resort so far. Among the shows are:
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor – Magic Kingdom Park
- Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire – Magic Kingdom Park
- Move It!, Shake It!, MousekeDance It Singers – Magic Kingdom Park
- Turtle Talk with Crush – EPCOT
- Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Citizens of Hollywood – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Green Army Men in Toy Story Land – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Jedi Training Academy – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- The Jedi in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Festival of the Lion King – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Finding Nemo the Musical – Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
That’s at least 13 shows!
It seemed like some of the shows would be coming back soon since Disney reached an agreement with the Actors’ Equity Association, who represent the performers in many of the Disney World shows. That however, didn’t materialize and those case members will be let go instead.
News of equity performer layoffs are coming in from all throughout the company right now.
Here is the Actors’ Equity Association statement regarding the mass entertainment layoffs at Walt Disney World:
“Our hearts go out to all the cast members at Walt Disney World,” said Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Equity Association.
“Disney has made it clear that our members would face work reductions since they announced layoffs of nearly 28,000 employees. That does not make this news any less painful.
These reductions are another tragic reminder that until the virus is brought under control with a national strategy for masks, testing and contact tracing, everyone who works in the arts needs help like extended pandemic unemployment insurance and federal COBRA health insurance subsidies.”
A large part of Disney World performers are part of the union and are responsible for shows such as: “Festival of The Lion King,” “Finding Nemo: The Musical,” and “Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage.”
There is no other way to take this news but as a devastating blow to the theme parks and the thousands of Cast Members being let go. Many of these performers are incredibly talented and it’s a shame they can’t continue to perform, and more importantly, make a living.
This means only 60 of the 780 entertainers that were part of the Actors’ Equity Association are left at Disney World.
The bad news hasn’t just been with the entertainers. Over the last couple of months, thousands of cast members have been notified of an extended furlough or have been let go by Disney.
Recently, Disney responded to criticism surround these layoffs. Bettina Buckley, Vice President of Walt Disney World Resort Live Entertainment, had this to say:
“Recently, we’ve had to make some difficult decisions to reduce our workforce as the business impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic have become more long-lasting than anyone could have predicted. As a result, we’ve had to pause many live shows and entertainment experiences at our resort for longer than originally anticipated.“
She then went on to explain all the entertainment offerings the parks have brought in since reopening. She also blamed the health crisis as part of the reason why some of these shows cannot return at this time:
“Determining which shows can return and when is a complex process. As with the rest of our phased reopening, we will also consider the guidance of health officials and government agencies in determining when the time will be right to adjust capacity, and as soon as it is appropriate, we will start to bring additional entertainment back.
Like most of our fans, we know that our beloved entertainment cast are an incredibly special and essential part of the Disney experience. We look forward to the day when we can welcome back more live entertainment to our parks, and we will share more news about these announcements as we’re able to do so.“
After this terrible news, we don’t have any idea when these shows will come back to the parks and some of them may not come back at all. When everything returns to normal Disney will still have entertainment, but this may be the last we see of the current lineup.
This is an extremely discouraging news, and it gets rid of everything that makes Disney, Disney. Who knows how long we will have to wait now see some of our favorite entertainment returning to the parks.
This is a developing story and we’ll have more shortly…
List of Open Disney World Attractions, Entertainment, and Shopping
REMEMBER: This list of attractions can change as the reopening moves ahead. Some missing attractions will eventually be added, but some might get removed too. So far this is the official list.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom Reopened July 11, 2020.
- “it’s a small world”
- Astro Orbiter
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Jungle Cruise
- Mad Tea Party
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Swiss Family Treehouse
- The Barnstormer
- The Hall of Presidents
- The Haunted Mansion
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
- Main Street Philharmonic
- Character Cavalcades throughout the day, with Guest-favorite Disney friends appearing along the parade route—which will include:
- The Royal Princess Processional
- Mickey & Friends Cavalcade
- Fantasyland Friends Cavalcade
- A Goofy Cavalcade
- Tinker Bell & the Lost Treasure
- Arribas Brothers
- Baby Care
- Big Al’s
- Box Office Gifts
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Photos
- Crystal Arts
- Fantasy Faire
- Hundred Acre Goods
- Island Supply by Sunglass Hut
- Main Street Confectionery
- Memento Mori
- Mickey’s Star Traders
- Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar
- Rubio Arts
- Sir Mickey’s
- Splashdown Photos
- Strollers & Wheelchairs
- The Chapeau
- Tomorrowland Light & Power Co.
- TTC Cart / Wheelchairs
- Uptown Jewelers & Cinema
- Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe
- Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
- Liberty Square Riverboat
- Main Street Vehicles
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
- Tom Sawyer Island
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
- Happily Ever After
- Festival of Fantasy Parade
- Let the Magic Begin
- Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
- Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party
The majority of attractions are open in the Magic Kingdom with two being inside attractions with shows where large groups gather.
We knew that no parades or fireworks shows would be reopening during the reopening phase, and that extended to all shows in front of the castle including the Let the Magic Begin show at the park opening and Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.
Character Cavalcades however are present throughout the day and give guests a great opportunity to still see their favorite characters, even if it’s not in the traditional way they are used to.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Reopened July 11, 2020.
- Affection Section
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- Discovery Island Trails
- Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
- Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
- It’s Tough to be a Bug!
- Kali River Rapids
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Maharajah Trail
- Na’vi River Journey
- The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
- The Oasis Exhibits
- TriceraTop Spin
- Wilderness Explorers
- Wildlife Express
- Character Cruises throughout the day, with Guest-favorite Disney friends appearing in boats around Discovery River—including the following:
- Discovery River Character Cruise
- Discovery Island Drummers
- Donald’s Dino Boat Bash!
- Mickey & Friends Flotilla
- Animal Encounters: Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight
- Africa Hub Cart
- African Heritage Wood Carving
- Baby Care
- Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures
- Discovery Trading Company
- Garden Gate Gifts & Strollers
- Kilimanjaro Safari Cart
- Mandala Gifts
- Mombasa Marketplace
- Out Of The Wild
- Serka Zong Bazaar
- The Dino Institute Shop
- The Boneyard
- Festival of the Lion King
- Finding Nemo – The Musical
- Primeval Whirl (Permanently Closed)
- UP! A Great Bird Adventure
- Rivers of Light: We Are One
- Tree of Life Awakenings
Not too many surprises at the Animal Kingdom. Finding Nemo – The Musical and Festival of the Lion King are both indoor shows, so that makes sense not to have them running at this time.
Consistent across all parks in the lack of nighttime entertainment, and “Rivers of Life: We Are One” has been shelved for now, along with the Tree of Life Awakenings.
EPCOT Reopened July 15, 2020.
- Awesome Planet
- Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
- Canada Far and Wide
- Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
- Friendship Lagoon Boats
- Frozen Ever After
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
- Impressions de France
- Journey Into Imagination with Figment
- Kidcot (modified)
- Living with the Land
- Mission: SPACE
- Reflections of China
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track
- The American Adventure
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience
- America Gardens Theatre Presents… featuring popular EPCOT performers such as:
- Mariachi Cobre
- Character Cavalcades throughout the day, featuring favorite Disney friends traveling around World Showcase promenade—including:
- Frozen Promenade
- Mickey & Friends World Tour
- Princess Promenade
- African Heritage
- Arribas Brothers
- Art of Disney
- Baby Care
- Canada Cart
- China Kiosk
- Disney Traders
- Galerie Des Halles
- Gateway Gifts
- Glas Und Porcellan
- Karamell Kuche
- La Bottega Italiana
- Mexico Indoor Plaza
- Mission: SPACE Cargo
- Mouse Gear Temporary Location
- Pin Traders – Camera Center
- Port of Entry
- Puffin’s Roost
- Sea Base Alpha Gift Shop
- Strollers & Wheelchairs
- Tea Caddy
- Test Track Simporium
- Wood Carver
- World Traveler
- Advanced Training Lab
- Bruce’s Shark World
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- EPCOT Forever
- Many of the popular EPCOT performers throughout World Showcase
Again, all the big E-Ticket attractions in EPCOT have reopened. Turtle Talk with Crush is the biggest attraction to remain closed, again following the theme of indoor shows and guests in tight quarters.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Reopened July 15, 2020.
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Muppet*Vision 3D
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
- Toy Story Mania!
- Vacation Fun (at Mickey Shorts Theater)
- Walt Disney Presents
- Character Cavalcades throughout the day, with favorite Disney friends appearing along Hollywood Boulevard—including:
- Disney Junior Stars Motorcade
- Mickey & Friends Motorcade
- Pixar Motorcade
- Celebrity 5 & 10
- Crossroads of the World
- Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
- Droid Depot Experience
- Droid Depot Store
- In Character
- Legends of Hollywood
- Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Mickey’s Of Hollywood
- Movieland Memorabilia
- Once Upon A Time
- Sid Cahuenga’s One-of-a-Kind
- Rock Around The Shop
- Rubio Arts
- Savi’s Workshop – Build Your Own Lightsaber
- Strollers & Wheelchairs
- Tatooine Traders
- The Market
- Tower Hotel Gifts
- Toy Story Mania Shop
- Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
- Indiana Jones Stunt Show
- Star Wars Launch Bay
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Citizens of Hollywood
- Disney Junior Dance Party
- Disney Movie Magic
- Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
- Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
- Wonderful World of Animation
Of all the parks, Hollywood Studios has been hit the hardest with closed attractions and entertainment. Hollywood Studios is missing 4 huge crowd-eaters in Beauty and the Beast, Frozen Sing-Along, Indiana Jones and Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
I honestly don’t get why the Mickey Shorts Theater, Walt Disney Presents and MuppetVision can all be open, but the rest of the indoor shows can’t. At least keep the outdoor shows.
Even before the closure the Studios had big problems with capacity and not having enough attractions to eat the giant crowds that came for Rise of the Resistance. Judging by how quickly Hollywood Studios park reservations are selling out, that is going to still be an issue.
Hollywood Studios is extremely top-heavy right now and has the best E-Ticket attractions in Disney World, but not much else. Depending on how many people are allowed in the park, Hollywood Studios is going to be the most problematic and an even bigger nightmare to tour after the reopening.
Overall I’d say the 4 parks have a pretty good lineup of attractions with all the BIG ones reopening in July. Entertainment is obviously light with no fireworks and way fewer shows, but that was to be expected given the circumstances.
While we are sad not to have any of the character meets or parades in the parks at this time, to make up for it, look for the various Character Cavalcades that make their way through the parks, giving guests a chance to greet the Disney characters from a safe distance.
Stay tuned for more changes to the Disney World reopening attractions and entertainment list.
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