We’re weeks away from Disney World reaching its one year mark since the theme parks reopened. In the time since, a lot of things have slowly but surely returned, including resort hotels, restaurants, attractions, and even a few shows (like Festival of the Lion King).
But 10 months later, we’re still waiting on a number of locations around the parks and resorts to reopen! Here’s a rundown of the major attractions, restaurants, hotels, and more that have yet to reopen.
Most of Disney World’s hotels have reopened in some capacity since guests began checking in once again last June. However, we’re still holding out on a few hotels that haven’t reopened at all!
For Value Resorts, Disney’s All Star Music Resort and Disney’s All Star Sports Resort remain closed as of this writing with no announced reopening date. Disney’s All Star Movies Resort reopened back in March, but its two sister hotels are still unavailable.
Several Deluxe Resorts have reopened their Disney Vacation Club Villa portions of the hotels but regular rooms are still unavailable. These include: Disney’s Beach Club Resort (with regular rooms scheduled to reopen on May 30th), Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (with regular rooms scheduled to reopen on June 6th), Disney’s BoardWalk Inn (with regular rooms scheduled to reopen on July 2nd), and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (with regular rooms scheduled to reopen in late July).
There are a number of popular restaurants and dining locations across Disney World that have not reopened as of this writing.
At Magic Kingdom, the big dining location that we’re anxiously awaiting the reopening announcement of is Casey’s Corner! This fan-favorite spot on Main Street, U.S.A. has yet to serve a single Corn Dog Nugget since the parks reopened back in July.
The Diamond Horseshoe is open-ish — its serving as overflow seating for Liberty Tree Tavern! But it is not serving its own food, and you can’t make reservations for it.
The seasonally operating Tortuga Tavern is also not open right now.
A number of restaurants in World Showcase are still closed. These include Monsieur Paul in the France Pavilion, Takumi-Tei and Tokyo Dining in the Japan Pavilion, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion, Restaurant Marrakesh and Tangerine Cafe in the Morocco Pavilion, and Nine Dragons Restaurant in the China Pavilion.
Akershus, however, has been open as a relaxation station.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
All table service spots at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but a few quick service and snack spots are closed. Catalina Eddie’s, Dockside Diner, Neighborhood Bakery, and Kat Saka’s Kettle, the ever-popular popcorn spot in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, have yet to open back up.
Tune-In Lounge, the bar by 50’s Prime Time Café, has also yet to reopen.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
A lot of counter service spots are unavailable, including Dino Diner, Eight Spoon Cafe, Kusafiri Coffee Shop, Terra Treats, Pizzafari, and Warung Outpost. Casual dining spots like Caravan Road, Pizzafari Family-Style Dining, and Restaurantosaurus Burgers & Sundaes are still closed.
However, the regular side of Restaurantosaurus is open!
Despite the non-DVC portion of the resort reopening to guests in late July, we have yet to hear anything on the status of ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. In addition to ‘Ohana, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto remains closed at this time as well.
At Caribbean Beach, Sebastian’s Bistro has yet to reopen. However, it has been used as overflow seating for Banana Cabana.
Over at Wilderness Lodge, Artist’s Point, which had character dining with Snow White, the Evil Queen, and some of the seven dwarfs, is also unavailable.
Rides and Attractions
Just one ride at Magic Kingdom is unavailable — the Walt Disney World Railroad, which is closed due to construction on the TRON Lightcycle Run.
Other attractions that are unavailable are play areas, like the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station, Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, and the Main Street Vehicles.
Shows are also unavailable, like Enchanted Tales with Belle and Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. As of this writing, The Hall of Presidents is also closed as Disney adds President Joe Biden to the show.
At EPCOT, a few experiences in The Seas With Nemo and Friends pavilion are unavailable, most notably Turtle Talk With Crush. Bruce’s Shark World play area is also closed.
Speaking of play area, experiences outside of certain attractions, like the Advanced Training Lab and Project Tomorrow are unavailable.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the closed attraction is the children’s play area, The Boneyard.
Shows and Entertainment
There are two big things missing from Magic Kingdom entertainment-wise: fireworks and parades. Happily Ever After is unavailable, as Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade. We’re not sure when fireworks are coming back to Disney World, but here’s what we do know.
But there are smaller pieces of daily entertainment that are also not currently available, including the Casey’s Corner Pianist, Citizens of Main Street, and the Main Street Trolly Show.
Stage shows at Cinderella Castle, including Once Upon a Time and Let the Magic Begin are also not currently running.
Meet and greets, once a mainstay at Magic Kingdom, are also unavailable including those with Ariel, Cinderella, Mickey Mouse, Tinkerbell, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Gaston, Peter Pan, Rapunzel, Winnie the Pooh, and more. Instead, you’ll see character cavalcades and random appearances through the parks!
EPCOT currently has no nighttime spectacular; EPCOT Forever is gone for now. Currently, EPCOT is preparing for the opening of Harmonious.
Other unavailable shows include British Revolution, the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats, and Sergio the Italian Juggler.
Meet and greets are also not operating at EPCOT. Previously, the park had guest encounters with Anna & Elsa, Belle, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, Joy, Mulan, Snow White, Pluto, and Princess Jasmine.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Fantasmic!, Hollywood Studios’ major nighttime show, is unavailable right now. The fireworks, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, and the Disney Movie Magic Projection Show are also not running.
Hollywood Studios is known for its stage shows, like Beauty & The Beast Live on Stage, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, and Voyage of the Little Mermaid. However, these shows are not open right now.
Meet and greets with BB-8, the Incredibles, Disney Junior Pals, Sully, Woody, Buzz, Mickey, and Minnie are also unavailable.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Festival of the Lion King is back at Animal Kingdom in a modified state, but other shows like Up! A Great Bird Adventure and Finding Nemo the Musical are not running right now.
Atmospheric musicians like the Pandora Drummers, Viva Gaia Street Band, and Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe, are also not currently performing.
Unavailable meet and greets at Animal Kingdom include those at Donald’s Dino-Bash! (like Donald, Daisy, and Launchpad McQuack), Pocahontas, Russel and Dug from Up, and Timon and Rafiki are also not happening as of this writing. You can still see some of these characters in the flotillas at the park!
It may sound like a lot is unavailable, but Disney has made up for some of these experiences via cavalcades, new entertainment options, new dining options, and other modified experiences. As things reopen and return to “normal,” we’ll be sure to fill you in on the latest information so you can plan accordingly for your next vacation!
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