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Full List of Open Attractions & Entertainment with Disney World Reopening

What everyone wants to know is: “What rides and attractions are open in Disney World now that the parks have opened back up?”

Disney World attractions when reopen

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 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.

Hollywood Studios stage shows Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

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.

Festival of the Lion King Disney's Animal Kingdom

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.

Indiana Jone Epic Stunt Spectacular show scene

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.” 

Finding Nemo the Musical Animal Kingdom

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.

Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue stage performers

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…

(NEWS 9/25/20): For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration Returning to Hollywood Studios

Frozen Sing-Along Celebration Elsa

Since The Walt Disney World Theme Parks have reopened, there has been a big lack in entertainment options, with many of the stage shows closed. That is now changing as “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on October 5th!

The show retells the story of Frozen and stars Anna, Kristoff and the Royal Historians of Arendelle (Erik and Aria). The show will almost be identical to the one you know and love, but there will be a few modifications on the stage and in the audience.

The seats in the theater will be distanced like at MuppetVision 3D, and allow significant spacing between guests. On stage, performers will also be distanced between each other.

We are excited to have “A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” back at Hollywood Studios and hope this leads to more stage shows returning in the parks. We’ll keep you updated when they do.

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.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom attractions reopening It's a Small World

Disney’s Magic Kingdom Reopened July 11, 2020.

Attractions 

  • “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

Entertainment

  • 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

Shopping

  • Arribas Brothers
  • Baby Care
  • Big Al’s
  • Box Office Gifts
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Photos
  • Crystal Arts
  • Emporium
  • 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

What’s Missing?

Attractions

  • 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

Entertainment

  • 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.

Animal Kingdom

Attractions and Entertainment when Disney World Reopens

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Reopened July 11, 2020.

Attractions

  • Affection Section
  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • DINOSAUR
  • 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

Entertainment

  • 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

Shopping

  • 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
  • Windtraders

What’s Missing?

Attractions

  • The Boneyard
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • Primeval Whirl (Permanently Closed)
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure

Entertainment

  • 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

Epcot Attractions Frozen Ever After

EPCOT Reopened July 15, 2020.

Attractions

  • 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

Entertainment

  • America Gardens Theatre Presents… featuring popular EPCOT performers such as:
    • JAMMitors
    • 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

Shops

  • African Heritage
  • Arribas Brothers
  • Art of Disney
  • Baby Care
  • Canada Cart
  • China Kiosk
  • Disney Traders
  • Galerie Des Halles
  • Gateway Gifts
  • Glas Und Porcellan
  • ImageWorks
  • Karamell Kuche
  • La Bottega Italiana
  • Mexico Indoor Plaza
  • Mission: SPACE Cargo
  • Mitsukoshi
  • 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

What’s Missing?

Attractions

  • Advanced Training Lab
  • Bruce’s Shark World
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Entertainment

  • EPCOT Forever
  • Many of the popular EPCOT performers throughout World Showcase

Again, all the big E-Ticket attractions in EPCOT are reopening July 15. Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along and Turtle Talk with Crush are the two biggest ones to remain closed, again following the theme of indoor shows.

Hollywood Studios

Tower of Terror Hollywood Studios attractions

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Reopened July 15, 2020.

Attractions

Entertainment

  • Character Cavalcades throughout the day, with favorite Disney friends appearing along Hollywood Boulevard—including:
    • Disney Junior Stars Motorcade
    • Mickey & Friends Motorcade
    • Pixar Motorcade

Shopping

  • 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

What’s Missing?

Attractions

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Indiana Jones Stunt Show
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Entertainment

  • Citizens of Hollywood
  • Disney Junior Dance Party
  • Disney Movie Magic
  • Fantasmic!
  • 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.

Summary

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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Your Thoughts

I want to know what you think about the list of Disney World attractions reopening with the parks…

  • Which attraction are you most looking forward to riding?
  • What is missing from the list you are most upset about?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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Terry Nelson

Friday 30th of October 2020

We want to go but my granddaughter wants to go to the Bippity boopity boutique. When will that reopen.

Chris Loomis

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Love to know if Pirates of the Caribbean is open, if not....when? Also is the Railroad at Magic Kingdom going to be open sometime in 2021...? They seem resistant to re-opening it as it was not running the first time we went back in 2014. We’re thinking about going back to Magic Kingdom next year.. around the time TRON comes on-line. Thoughts about whether these three things will be open all together next year?

Thank you

Ziggy

Monday 28th of September 2020

Hi Chris, yes Pirates is open right now and should continue to be unless there is a refurbishment planned that they haven't yet announced. The Railroad should be open in 2021, though no date has been given. As for TRON, it could be ready by the end of 2021, so if you are waiting for all three, the end of the year is your best bet imo

Cyndi K

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

What are the actual crowds like for what is open? We are big Disney fans but haven't been much since we moved to Texas. My son has already planned out the Galaxy's Edge to the minute and I am worried we won't even be able to see what he wants and ride the attractions. In your honest opinion, what do you think our chances are to see this late December before Christmas? I really appreciate your input.

Ziggy

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

Hi Cyndi, crowds are slightly higher than in the Summer, but still lower than normal. You should be able to do everything in Galaxy's Edge no problem, with Rise of the Resistance being the only hard thing. We recommend planning 2 days in Hollywood Studios if possible to make sure you can get on. The rest of the stuff should be easy. You can read our Disney Crowd Calendar where we go more in-depth into the crowds so far and what to expect: https://ziggyknowsdisney.com/disney-world-crowd-calendar/

Also, read our guide to Rise of the Resistance Boarding Groups so you give yourselves the best chance of getting on: https://ziggyknowsdisney.com/star-wars-rise-of-the-resistance-virtual-queue-on-opening-day/

Marion

Saturday 20th of June 2020

Can't wait to get there. Whatever is open I will be sure to ride. Thanks for the update.