Select Attractions Not Expected to Re-Open With the Parks

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    TIMEFRAME

    Summer / Fall 2020

    RUMOR STATUS

    In Development

    When Walt Disney World re-opens the parks, it is anticipated that several attractions will not re-open either permanently or tentatively. Depending on the social distancing guidelines in place when the parks re-open 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 that have been rumored are as follows:

    • Magic Kingdom
      • Tom Sawyer Island
    • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
      • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    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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