We’re STILL Waiting On These Restaurants, Resorts, Rides, and Experiences to Reopen in Disney World!

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).

Cinderella Castle

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.

Hotels

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!

All Star Sports

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.

All-Star Music Bus Stop

For Moderate Resorts, both of Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts — Riverside and French Quarter — are still closed.

Oh how we miss this lobby!

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).

BoardWalk Inn and Villas

Restaurants

There are a number of popular restaurants and dining locations across Disney World that have not reopened as of this writing.

Magic Kingdom

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.

Baby, come back!

Though a truncated version of its menu is being served at Tomorrowland Terrace during lunch hours, Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square has also yet to reopen. We’re missing our clam chowder!

Columbia Harbour House

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.

 

Liberty Tree Tavern is great when you want classic American food!

We’re also missing some of our favorite treat spots! Cheshire Cafe, Golden Oak Outpost, Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, and Prince Eric’s Village Market are currently unavailable.

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

The seasonally operating Tortuga Tavern is also not open right now.

EPCOT

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.

Relaxation Station in Akershus

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.

Popcorn from Kat Saka’s Kettle

Tune-In Lounge, the bar by 50’s Prime Time Café, has also yet to reopen.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

As of this writing, Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is still closed, but it is coming back in the summer!

Hey there Donald!

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.

Pizzafari meal

However, the regular side of Restaurantosaurus is open!

Resorts

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.

‘Ohana

Over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Citricos and Victoria & Albert’s are still closed as of this writing. We also have not heard a reopening date announced yet for 1900 Park Fare.

Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge also has a few standout restaurants that have not announced any reopening plans at this time. This includes Jiko and Boma.

JIko Oak Grilled Signature Filet

Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club’s guest favorite spot Beaches & Cream is open, but Cape May Cafe and Yachtsman Steakhouse are still closed as is the Crew’s Cup Lounge.

Cape May Cafe

Disney’s Boardwalk has numerous dining locations, but if you’re hoping to eat at ESPN Club or Flying Fish, you’re out of luck right now. They’re still closed.

Flying Fish

At Caribbean Beach, Sebastian’s Bistro has yet to reopen. However, it has been used as overflow seating for Banana Cabana.

Sebastian’s Bistro used as overflow seating

At Coronado Springs, Maya Grill and Toledo are not open. And The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Saratoga Springs is also closed.

Toledo at Gran Destino Tower

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.

Artist Point

Rides and Attractions

Magic Kingdom

Just one ride at Magic Kingdom is unavailable — the Walt Disney World Railroad, which is closed due to construction on the TRON Lightcycle Run.

Train in Fantasyland

Other attractions that are unavailable are play areas, like the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station, Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade, and the Main Street Vehicles.

Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade in 2019

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.

EPCOT

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.

Turtle Talk with Crush

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.

The Boneyard

Shows and Entertainment

Magic Kingdom

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.

We’re tearing up just looking at this photo.

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.

Caseys Piano Player
Jim the Ragtime Pianist entertaining guests outside of Casey’s Corner in the Magic Kingdom

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

EPCOT currently has no nighttime spectacular; EPCOT Forever is gone for now. Currently, EPCOT is preparing for the opening of Harmonious.

EPCOT Forever

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.

Fantasmic

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.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

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.

Up! A Great Bird Adventure

Atmospheric musicians like the Pandora Drummers, Viva Gaia Street Band, and Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe, are also not currently performing.

Pandora Swotu Waya Drummers
The Swotu Wayä Na’vi Drum Ceremony in Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom 

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!

Launchpad!

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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4 Replies to “We’re STILL Waiting On These Restaurants, Resorts, Rides, and Experiences to Reopen in Disney World!”

  1. Any word on Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique? I have a three year old that wants her princess makeover this September

    1. Hi Harry, no word yet on it but we will update as soon as there is! Currently, the Four Seasons at Disney World is offering a princess makeover, which is not the same experience but the closest we’ve seen thus far 🙂

  2. Can someone explain to me the Indiana Jones stunt show not being reopened? I mean… it’s outdoor and they could do staggered seating. It would seem to be a better candidate to return than the Lion King show (which is obviously vastly more popular, admittedly). How has Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor (I refuse to abbreviate it) and Turtle Talk stayed closed but Tough to be a Bug has been open? I’m not so much criticizing these decisions as genuinely curious why some of these shows had been back and why some, like the Indiana Jones one, haven’t? Maybe a good video idea?

  3. I hope all of these return soon!!!!! I miss them all so much!!!!!!!😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢Please come baaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!!!!!!!!!!!