Attractions That Won’t Be Opening at Disneyland and Walt Disney World
These are uncertain times Disney friends and though the theme parks in Walt Disney World continue to welcome guests and Disneyland remains on standby, we’re getting word this week of more changes to the theme parks as we know them. That’s why we thought we’d finish up the workweek by sharing with you a look at recent updates as well as attractions that won’t be coming back at Disneyland or Disney World (at least for now.)
It’s not surprising given that as USA Today tells us Disney’s theme parks lost over $1 billion in income during the first three months of the year. “Like so many other companies and industries, the pandemic has hit us hard,” Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger said as the company issued its quarterly financial results.
With that in mind, here are some important updates when it comes to attractions that guests will want to be aware of.
What about Disneyland?
Let’s start over on the West Coast. Disneyland’s Downtown Disney shopping district has once again reopened for business with the biggest change being that ONLY outdoor dining is available at the restaurants there. The theme parks had originally planned to reopen in July. However, do to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the governor of the state Gavin Newsom has put the breaks on reopening plans for now.
When Disneyland and Disney California Adventure do reopen to the public some attractions will not be re-opening. This includes the following:
- Gadget’s Go Coaster – Disneyland
- Snow White’s Scary Adventures – Disneyland
- King Arthur Carousel- Disneyland
- Haunted Mansion -Disneyland
- Red Car Trolley – Disney California Adventure
As of going to print, these closings are due to maintenance work Disney planned to carry out on the rides before COVID-19 hit. In addition, guests can expect parades fireworks displays, select shows and character meet and greets to be on hiatus when the parks do reopen. We also announced earlier today here at MickeyBlog that Oogie Boogie’s Bash has been cancelled for Halloween 2020.
What About Disney World?
All of DIsney World’s four theme parks are currently open – Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. However, as can be expected there have been a variety of changes including a lot of new health & safety requirements like mandatory temperature checks and the mandatory use of facemasks. As reported here at MickeyBlog earlier this week, Disney actually tightened their facemask restrictions after guests were exploiting loopholes. Now the only time guests can take their masks off at the theme parks is in one of the designated relaxation stations or while stationary and eating.
SImilar to what we can expect when Disneyland reopens, parades and fireworks have not returned. Here are some other noteworthy absences:
- Walt Disney World Railroad – Magic Kingdom – Temporarily closed due to TRON coaster construction
- Primeval Whirl – Animal Kingdom – Permanently closed.
- Rivers of Light- Animal Kingdom – Permanently closed.
- Stitch’s Great Escape – Magic Kingdom – Permanently closed.
Projects Put On Hold
In addition, cash strapped Disney has had to put a couple of upcoming projects on hold. This includes:
- Spaceship Earth – This attraction was supposed to begin a reimagining in May with new theming and storylines. However, this project is no longer in the cards at the moment.
- Mary Poppins Attraction – The UK Pavilion was supposed to be getting its own attraction themed after the loveable British nanny but this has also been removed from plans.
There’s no news yet on whether these projects or gone for good or whether we can expect them to return when things start to stabilize at the theme parks.
Here at MickeyBlog we’ll continue to pay attention to what’s happening on both coasts and promise to keep you posted as soon as we know more! So, keep following along with us for further news and updates!
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Source: USA Today