Planning Outlook: June – Dec 2020

What we know today about WDW vacationing through 2020.

Jump to: Previously / What’s Happened / Optimal Dates / Factors / Parks Status / Resort Status / etc

Previously on MYDP…

In our last outlook…(insert last outlook’s major headliners). Link to last outlook.

What’s Happened Since?

(Insert News Article Link #1) (Example: Disney Springs Reopens)

To Sum Up: (Insert article summary)

Planning Relevance: (Insert analysis)

(Insert News Article Link #2) (Example: Universal Announces Reopening Dates)

To Sum Up: (Insert article summary)

Planning Relevance: (Insert analysis)

(Insert News Article Link #3) (Example: WDW No Longer Accepting June Reservations)

To Sum Up: (Insert article summary)

Planning Relevance: (Insert analysis)

Keeping an eye on…

Topics vary in this section based on current events – sorted by highest priority first

Jump to: Resort re-opening Timeline / What’s Happened / Optimal Dates / Factors / Parks Status / Resort Status / etc

1. Resort Re-opening Timelines

Theme Parks

Insert Re-opening info

Water Parks

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon has been closed for its annual seasonal refurbishment since early this year and remains closed until further notice.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach is closed until further notice.

Resort Hotels

Insert Re-opening info

Dining

Insert Re-opening info (e.g. Resort Hotels, Disney Springs)

Shopping

Insert Re-opening info (e.g. Disney Springs)

The Rest

Insert Re-opening info (e.g. golfing)

Official information is posted and updated at: disneyworld.disney.go.com/travel-information/

2. Resort Operational changes

Florida Restrictions

Insert latest news of state operations restrictions

Effect on Parks

(e.g. masks, park hours, queues, fastpass, etc)

Effect on Hotels

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Effect on Dining

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Effect on Shopping

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3. Reservation, Admission Changes

Packages

While the theme parks are closed, Disney is not accepting new MagicBand orders linked to Annual Passes. Pass blockout and admission calendars will not be updated during the closure period. Additional details may be posted later.

Tickets

Magic Your Way Multi-Day

Unexpired multi-day theme park tickets with unused days, or date-specific theme park tickets with a valid use period during the period Mvarch 12, 2020 through the end of the actual closure period will automatically be extended to use any date through December 15, 2020. If you are unable to visit by December 15, 2020 you may apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date.

Annual Passholders
  • Passholders who have paid in full for their Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resort annual passports can either opt to have the expiration date of their passport extended based on the length of the closure, or can request a pro-rated refund of the amount paid.
  • Disney has stopped collecting automatic payments for passholders on the monthly payment plan effective April 5, 2020, and will retroactively refund payments collected between March 14 – April 4, 2020. Passholders can opt to have their pass expire on the original date, or to resume making payments when the theme parks reopen and have their expiration date extended based on the number of days the parks were closed.
  • Passholders opting for partial refunds for the closure period and those opting to extend passes on the monthly payment plan should contact V.I.PASSHOLDER Support at (407)939-7277 to make their requests. Passholders may also call with other questions but, of course, call volume may be heavy.
  • Pass blockout and admission calendars will not be updated during the closure period. Additional details may be posted later.
Florida Residents

Florida Resident Discover Disney Tickets may be used through July 31, 2020.

Special Events

Guests who have purchased tickets for Disney After Hours, Disney Villains After Hours, Disney Early Morning Magic, and Disney H2O Glow Nights from March 16, 2020 through the end of the actual closure period will be automatically refunded.Walt Disney World annual passes:

4. Crowd Projections

Insert crowd predictions

5. Discount Availability

Insert current thoughts on discounting

Average Joe / Florida Residents / Passholders/ Disney Visa Cardholders / DVC Discounts / Military / Canadian Visitor Discounts / UK Visitor Discounts

6. Construction Progress

Reports are that construction projects have been halted around Walt Disney World Resort in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well. These work stoppages may impact the completion timelines for many announced projects, from Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure—which was expected to open this summer at Epcot—to the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser (hotel experience) that was to begin operations in 2021, as well as attractions that were expected to open in time for the resort’s 50th anniversary in 2021, including TRON Lightcycle Run Coaster at Magic Kingdom, Guardians of the Galaxy-Cosmic Rewind coaster at Epcot, and Play! pavilion at Epcot, along with other projects like the Reflections (resort property combining a hotel and Disney Vacation Club), and the on-going transformation of Epcot.

Next Visit Prospects?

Summer

Insert recommendations

Fall

Insert recommendations

…and Beyond

Insert recommendation.

Out of Commission at the Parks

Magic Kingdom

  • The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History – its final scheduled shows were performed October 5, 2019
    Given its brief re-appearances during the final days of 2019, it may reappear “seasonally.”
  • Royal Majesty Makers – no longer has scheduled appearances in Fantasyland as of October 2019.
  • Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial – Final show was September 29, 2018.
  • Stitch’s Great Escape – My Disney Experience lists as “available seasonally throughout the year”
    It is unlikely it will ever reopen; the attraction’s lobby is used for greeting Stitch
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – Closed as of December 3, 2018 to accommodate TRON construction (reopening to be announced).
    Guests can visit a Walt Disney World Railroad train at Fantasyland Station.
  • TRON
  • Entrance Construction

Epcot

  • Reflections of China – the film will be retired and will be replaced with “Wondrous China” presented in a seamless 360° digital format.
  • Future World “transformation” closings – Major transformation announced at D23 Expo 2019.
    Closings and relocations include:
    • Future World itself will become three new lands: World Discovery, World Nature & World Celebration
    • Spaceship Earth will close for a major renovation starting May 26, 2020
    • Innoventions – all exhibits now permanently closed, effective September 8, 2019
    • Club Cool closed September 8, 2019 (to reopen in “a new capacity at a future merchandise location”)
    • Fountain of Nations closed September 8, 2019
    • Fountain View featuring Starbucks closed September 8, 2019 (new temporary Starbucks location now open near Refreshment Port)
    • Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot – closed September 8, 2019 (check guide maps for character locations)
    • Electric Umbrella (quick service restaurant) closed February 16, 2020. (New dining options to be announced)
    • Mouse Gear closed its original location for refurbishment January 4, 2020. (It moved to a temporary home nearby)
    • Art of Disney has relocated to the former Heritage Manor at The American Adventure
  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure at Universe of Energy – Permanently closed on August 13, 2017.
    Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind to open in its place in approximately 2021.
  • Illuminations: Reflections of Earth – Show retired: September 30, 2019.
    Epcot Forever debuted October 1 for a limited run which will be followed by a new nighttime spectacular “HarmonioUS” in 2020
  • Liberty Inn – the fast-casual restaurant closed for reimagining starting July 8, 2019.
    Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue is now open in its place.

Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away – final performances on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
  • March of the First Order – concluded parades down Hollywood Boulevard on July 6, 2019.
    First Order Stormtroopers have “redeployed” inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi – Permanently Closed.
    Theater reopened as the Mickey Shorts Theater on March 4, 2020.
  • The Great Movie Ride – Permanently closed August 13, 2017.
    The Chinese Theatre reopened as Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway on March 4, 2020.

Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids – closed for seasonal refurbishment January 6, 2020 through late March 2020. FastPass+ reservations are available for adventures starting March 22, 2020.
  • Primeval Whirl – is now listed as “Operates Seasonally”
    My Disney Experience shows the attraction closed as of publication of this Update
    No FastPass+ service is available for the attraction through at least April 29, 2020.

Water Parks

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park no known refurbishments scheduled
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is closed for seasonal refurbishment during the winter

Disney Springs

  • Bongo’s Cuban Café – Closed in August 2019
    Beatrix restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises coming to the site at a date to be announced.
  • DisneyQuest – Closed as of July 3, 2017.
    The NBA Experience opened on the site on August 12, 2019.
  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil – Show closed on December 31, 2017.
    A new Cirque du Soleil collaboration with Disney, “Drawn to Life,” previews postponed (originally: March 20, 2020, and will have its world premiere April 17, 2020).

Out of Commission Around the Resort

  • McDonald’s restaurant near Disney’s All-Star Resorts – closed October 30, 2019, for an extensive renovation; expected to reopen in later in 2020.
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Big Blue Pool will close for refurbishment beginning in approximately Fall 2020.
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort – The Calypso Pool will be closed for refurbishment from mid-September 2020 through mid-December 2020.

Special Events Coming Up

Since our last Update, the website for Disney Villains After Hours has removed the label “No Longer Available” for events scheduled for June 12, 19, 26 & 29, 2020. We do not know if the previous marking was an error or premature, or whether the Resort now expects that the limited admission, hard ticket, after-hours event will be held on those nights. As noted before, however, Disney hotels are not accepting new room reservations for arrivals prior to July 1, 2020.

  • Disney After Hours: (hard ticket required; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date and park)
    …at Magic Kingdom:
    • May 25 (cancelled)…at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
    • May 19 & 26 (cancelled)
  • Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic: (Eligible Member reservations required for wristband entry)
    • Epcot: June 29, 2020
    • General Member Registration has been postponed with further details to be announced
    • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: July 27 & August 10, 2020
      Registration has been postponed with further details to be announced.
    • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: September 15 & 22; October 6, 2020
      Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: July 15, 2020
      General Member Registration: July 22, 2020
  • Disney Villains After Hours: (hard ticket required; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date)
    • May 22 & 29; June 5 (cancelled)
    • June 12, 19, 26 & 29
    • July 6 & 10
  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – Scheduled through June 1, 2020
  • “Drawn to Life” (by Cirque du Soleil and Disney) – previews postponed: originally scheduled March 20, 2020, premiere April 17, 2020
    — Tickets are available for shows starting July 1, 2020, but no premiere date announced
  • Gay DayS #RedShirtDays (unofficial events) – June 4 to 7, 2020 (cancelled)
    — Replaced event with “Gay Days Halloween at Margaritaville,” October 27 to November 22, 2020.
  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – 7 p.m. to Midnight – Ticketed Magic Kingdom Events
    • August 13, 18, 21, 25 & 28
    • September 1, 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 & 29
    • October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 & 31
    • November 1
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – November 5 to 8, 2020
  • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic – November 6 to 7, 2020
  • Dapper Day – Fall Weekend (unofficial events) November 20 to 22, 2020
  • D23 Destination D: Fantastic Worlds – November 20 to 22, 2020
  • Disney Parks Blog lists the 25th anniversary edition of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival among the 20 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2020, but the park has not yet announced its specific dates. The hugely popular festival ought to return for a near 90 day run in the late summer/fall. The official website for the festival is TasteEpcot.com.
  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, including its three times nightly presentation of Candlelight Processional should also return late in 2020. In recent years, we have started getting specific details to share in the summer with a Christmas in July media event or promotion. The Festival’s official website is: EpcotHolidays.com
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