Walt Disney World Experiences When The Parks Reopen

Walt Disney World experiences are limited now that the parks are reopen. This is strictly for the safety of guests and Cast Members.

This doesn’t mean all experiences won’t reopen eventually. What we do know is that some experiences will be limited in capacity, whereas others may remain closed.

Here’s what else to take into account about Disney World experiences.

Which experiences are affected?

Unavailable During the Initial Reopening
The following experiences will remain unavailable during the initial reopening period:

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Surfing activities – including group lessons and private sessions
  • Spas, salons and Harmony Barbershop

Here is a definitive list of experiences that are temporarily suspended or closed:

Rest & Recreation

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Miniature golf
  • Surfing activities
  • Spas, salons and Harmony Barbershop

Note: Golf and FootGolf are available on a regular schedule

Unique Tours

  • Backstage Magic
  • Behind the Seeds
  • Disney’s Family Magic Tour
  • Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour
  • Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour
  • Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP Tour
  • The UnDISCOVERed Future World
  • Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour
  • Ultimate Disney Classics VIP Tour
  • Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour
  • Up Close with Rhinos
  • Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour
  • World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered
  • Wild Africa Trek
  • Wild Africa Trek (Morning)

Dining Events

  • Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room
  • Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie
  • Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night
  • Dine with an Animal Specialist
  • Dining with an Imagineer – Cítricos
  • Dining with an Imagineer – The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Disney Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland
  • Epcot Forever Dining Package
  • Fantasmic! Dining Package
  • Festival of the Lion King Signature Dining Package
  • Highway in the Sky Dine Around
  • Jiko Wine Tasting
  • Rivers of Light Dining Package
  • Savor the Savanna: Evening Safari Experience
  • Sense of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Signature Celebration at Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP Tour
  • Tiffins Talks
  • Victoria & Albert’s Chef’s Table Dinner
  • Wanyama Safari
  • Wonderland Tea Party at 1900 Park Fare

Dessert Parties

  • Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience
  • Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise
  • Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace
  • Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing
  • Frozen Ever After Dessert Party
  • Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage
  • Rivers of Light Dessert Party
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Nature Experiences

  • A Path Less Traveled Tour
  • Behind the Seeds
  • Caring for Giants
  • Dine with an Animal Specialist
  • Epcot Seas Adventures – Aqua Tour
  • Epcot Seas Adventures – DiveQuest
  • Epcot Seas Adventures – Dolphins in Depth
  • Savor the Savanna: Evening Safari Experience
  • Sense of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Starlight Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Up Close with Rhinos
  • Wanyama Safari
  • Wild Africa Trek
  • Wild Africa Trek (Morning)

Make-Believe & More

  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew
  • Character Couture
  • Perfectly Princess Tea Party
  • Pirate Adventure Cruises
  • Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage
  • Wonderland Tea Party at 1900 Park Fare

What’s happening with my existing experience reservations?

Effective immediately, all existing experience reservations are canceled.

Can I still make reservations 180 days in advance?

Rather than the advanced 180-day reservation window, you can only make reservations up to 60 days in advance.

Dining and experiences when Walt Disney World reopens

When can I start making reservations again?

Experience bookings are now reopen, but with more limited numbers. The following experiences are currently offered:

Resort Hotels:

Magic Kingdom:

Hollywood Studios:

Disney Private VIP Tours is also currently accepting reservations. Reservations are subject to availability.

For in-park experiences, guests need both a park reservation and a valid admission before they can rebook.

If you had an active experience reservation between May 28 and Sept. 2, 2020 that was cancelled due to the temporary closure of Walt Disney World Resort, you can make a new experience reservation up to 60 days in advance of your arrival. Call (407) 939-6690 to make reservations. Disney Vacation Club Members can call Member Services at (800) 800-9800.

Disney will contact affected guests via email more information, including details about refunds.

What about experiences like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Disney H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon is canceled for 2020. Guests will receive a refund for tickets.

But, the Halloween season is returning to Walt Disney World beginning Sept. 15 through Oct. 31 with special treats and merchandise.

Plus, Magic Kingdom will have special decor and themed-cavalcades and guests of all ages can even wear costumes during regular park hours. You can read all about the Halloween goodness here.

As for the holiday season, it will run from Nov. 6-Dec. 30. Unfortunately, but understandably, the following has been canceled:

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Epcot’s Candlelight Processional
  • Castle Dream Lights
  • Christmas Tree Trail
  • Gingerbread House Displays

But, there’s still a lot to look forward to, including a modified Epcot International Festival of the Holidays beginning Nov. 27.

Currently, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is happening as a modified experience and will run through the fall. This makes it the longest WDW festival yet.

Photo of A Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2020

This year’s Food & Wine has been dubbed “A Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival” and includes:

  • Over 20 signature global marketplaces, including Hawaii, Hops & Barley, and Islands of the Caribbean.
  • France pavilion’s Remy topiary from the 2020 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.
  • The chance to purchase both Flower & Garden and Food & Wine merchandise.
  • The return of Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt.

The Eat to the Beat Concert Series isn’t returning, but local Epcot entertainment like Mariachi Cobre and the JAMMitors play at the America Gardens Theatre.

What about reservations I made during the closure?

If you have pre-paid experience reservations that were impacted by the closure, you will receive an automatic refund. A cancellation or no-show fee will also be waived.

What about third-party dining locations?

Select third-party owned and operated experience bookings may not be canceled.

As soon as more information is released about Disney World experiences, I will let you know.

Check out my complete Walt Disney World Reopening Guide for other details.

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