Visiting Magic Kingdom During Coronavirus

Important Disney Parks Updates Concerning COVID-19

If you are visiting the parks in 2020, you can expect a completely different experience.

Disney World Planning during Coronavirus Resources

During the Coronavirus pandemic, Disney has decided to reopen their parks with new rules and restrictions to keep guests safe. Here is everything you need to know about visiting the Magic Kingdom during this time.

When and How to Visit the Parks

Magic Kingdom park is reopening on July 11, 2020 as a part of a staggered Disney World reopening.

If you are planning on visiting this (or any) park, you will need to make a park reservation. In order to do this you will need the following:

  • You’ll need a My Disney Experience account, as this is where your Walt Disney World Resort plans are stored and managed.
  • You’ll also need a valid theme park ticket or Annual Pass that’s linked to your My Disney Experience account.
  • If you have a Disney Resort hotel reservation, be sure to link it to your My Disney Experience account beforehand, as well.

Reservations are made on the My Disney Experience website.

To read the full article on park reservations click here.

Safety Measures

New measures have been implemented across Walt Disney World parks to promote health and hygiene, including:

  • Enhanced Cleaning
  • Face Coverings required for all guests ages 2 and up
  • Temperature checks
  • Social distancing markers and limited capacity in stores, restaurants, and more

There will be Cast Members at the parks helping guests stay safe and follow these safety measures while at the parks.

Attractions

Not all attractions will be open when the parks reopen. This is a list of the attractions that Disney has noted as open during this time:

  • "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
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • 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
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

FastPass+ will not be used during this time, so all rides will be standby only. And you can expect rides to not run at capacity so that guests can be spaced out. Also expect social distancing markers in the ride queues.

Entertainment

While Disney has made it clear that you will not be able to experience the typical parades, fireworks, or character meets, they do have several entertainment options available. Here is what you can expect:

  • 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

These shows and character cavalcades (think of a smaller parade that Disney might use when the regular parade is rained out) sound like they will be more of a fun pop up experience. This should make for fewer crowds so that distancing can be achieved by all guests.

Shopping

Shops at Disney World will be open during this time. Expect masks to be required, social distancing markers, and suggested touchless pay (things like magic bands, apple pay, or credit cards instead of cash).

The following shops will be open at Magic Kingdom:

  • 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

Photopass Photographers

If you head to Magic Kingdom photopass photographers will be available, but with a few changes:

  • Handling Guest's Personal Devices: Disney PhotoPass photographers will not handle Guests’ personal devices such as cellphones and cameras.
  • Photo Prop Usage: Where photo props are in use, they will be thoroughly cleaned between Guests. For select props, your photographer may request that you stand next to or behind the prop without making contact with it. In these scenarios, your photographer will endeavor to capture your photos with the best angles and perspective in mind.
  • Photo Linking: Before the photographer takes your photo, please have your MagicBand or Card ready for the photographer to scan so they can quickly link your photos to your account. Photographers will keep as much distance as possible during this process.

Cancellations, Changes, and Refunds

If this experience doesn't sound like what you were planning, and you want to cancel or change your trip, you can find full cancellation information here.

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