Select Attractions Not Expected to Re-Open With the Parks

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    October 27, 2020

    RUMOR STATUS

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    When Walt Disney World re-opens the parks, several attractions will not re-open either permanently or temporarily. Depending on the social distancing guidelines in place when the parks re-open on July 11/15th many attractions will not be able to satisfy those guidelines. Additionally, it is anticipated that select attractions that are costly to run may also be temporarily or permanently closed.

    Attractions not listed as opening with the parks include the following:

    • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
    • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
    • Citizens of Main Street
    • Citizens of Hollywood
    • Disney Junior Dance Party!
    • Enchanted Tales with Belle
    • Festival of the Lion King
    • Finding Nemo – The Musical
    • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration (re-opened October 5, 2020)
    • Hoop-Dee-Doo – Musical Review
    • Indians Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
    • Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple
    • Main Street Vehicles
    • Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
    • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
    • Move It! Shake It! Mousekedance It! Street Party
    • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
    • Star Wars Launch Bay
    • Turtle Talk with Crush
    • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
    • UP! A Great Bird Adventure
    • Walt Disney World Railroad (Closed for Refurbishment)

    The following attractions have been confirmed as permanently closed:

    • Primeval Whirl
    • Rivers of Light
    • Stitch’s Great Escape

     

     

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    October 27, 2020: Cast members are self reporting that Disney has announced the layoff of entertainment cast members at the following shows at Walt Disney World:

    Magic Kingdom

    • Citizens of Main Street
    • Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
    • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
    • Move It! Shake It! Mousekedance It! Street Party

    EPCOT

    • Turtle Talk with Crush

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
    • Citizens of Hollywood
    • Green Army Drum Corps
    • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
    • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    • Festival of the Lion King
    • Finding Nemo – The Musical

    Resorts

    • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review

    Kate Shindle of the Actors’ Equity Association released the following statement regarding the layoffs:

    Our hearts go out to all the cast members at Walt Disney World. Disney has made it clear that our members would face work reductions since they announced layoffs of nearly 28,000 employees. That does not make this news any less painful. These reductions are another tragic reminder that until the virus is brought under control with a national strategy for masks, testing and contact tracing, everyone who works in the arts needs help like extended pandemic unemployment insurance and federal COBRA health insurance subsidies.

    October 5, 2020: For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration officially re-opened

    September 8, 2020: Exterior signage was removed from the building for Voyage of the Little Mermaid and BlogMickey.com posted photos of the updated building.

    July 16, 2020: In an internal memo to cast members, Disney announced that Rivers of Light, Primeval Whirl and Stitch’s Great Escape have permanently closed.

    Both Stitch’s Great Escape and Primeval Whirl were previously listed as seasonal attractions while Rivers of Light was operating nightly prior to the Coronavirus closure.

    July 10, 2020: WDWNT.com posted a photo of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park map and Primeval Whirl was pictured, but not labeled.

    June 21, 2020: The Disney Parks Blog shared details on many offerings that will be available to the parks when they re-open in July. The refurbishment for Spaceship Earth will be delayed and the attraction will re-open in its previous form.

    Characters will be presented as part of cavalcades throughout the park and there will be no character meet and greets.

    Attractions not listed as opening with the parks include the following:

    • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
    • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
    • Disney Junior Dance Party!
    • Enchanted Tales with Belle
    • Festival of the Lion King
    • Finding Nemo – The Musical
    • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
    • Indians Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
    • Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple
    • Main Street Vehicles
    • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
    • Primeval Whirl
    • Star Wars Launch Bay
    • Turtle Talk with Crush
    • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
    • UP! A Great Bird Adventure
    • Walt Disney World Railroad (Closed for Refurbishment)

    May 5, 2020: On Disney’s Quarter 2 Fiscal Year 2020 earnings call, Disney Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy stated the company’s plans to reduce capital expenditures during the Covid-19 pandemic. McCarthy stated that capital expenditures for the parks and resorts would be reduced by $900 million by way of pausing refurbishment and construction projects.

    Details of specific projects that may be subject to delay or cancellation were not stated, but construction on all ongoing Walt Disney World projects was suspended shortly after the park closure in March.

    April 29, 2020: WDWMagic.com user LiterallyNobody is reporting that Tom Sawyer Island is not expected to re-open with the rest of the parks.

    April 24, 2020:WDWMagic.com user LiterallyNobody is reporting that props from Voyage of the Little Mermaid were recently photographed for the archives and the show is not expected to return when the parks reopen. This may only be a temporary measure or could lead to a permanent replacement for the show.

    User marni1971 reiterated that this area was at one point considered to be the home of the rumored “Black box” attraction.

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