Disney released an update on Walt Disney World’s re-opening plan. They currently have plans to reopen Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom on July 11th, and Epcot & Hollywood Studios on July 15th. That is very exciting news! They are still waiting for governor approval but they are moving forward with those plans for now.
Before you read any further, I just want to take a minute to make sure you understand a little about Disney and the attention to detail that they put out in their theme parks. Whether you are a first-time guest or an annual pass holder, visiting Disney World is like no other experience.
They take care of EVERY detail no matter how small to make sure that your experience is truly MAGICAL. Disney is known for their cleanliness and sanitation throughout their theme parks (and cruise ships, around the world!).
When they have to shut down experiences/attractions for extended time, they often have others there to replace it (Think about IllumiNations, being temporarily replaced with Epcot Forever while we await HarmonioUS).
When Disney makes a change, it is to enrich our experiences. That is what is happening here.
Here are some guidelines they are putting in place:
Plans to Support Social Distancing:
Limited Contact Enhancements
Enhanced Protective Measures
Dining & Experiences Changes:
Canceling ALL Dining & Experiences Reservations
Tickets and Hotel Reservations
This is A LOT of information to take in and process. Here are what I’m sure some of you are thinking (because I am/was too!) and some additional thoughts on them.
“Face coverings in the parks! I’m not going!”
“My fast passes that I sweated over in the early morning hours are GONE!”
“No fireworks, parades, or meet-and-greets? Why am I spending all this money to go to Disney when this is what separates them from other parks?”
“So what do I do now?”
Let us do the work for you and know that you are being properly cared for by both Disney & Mickey’s Dream Vacations!
Mickey’s Dream Vacations has agents eagerly awaiting the opening.
We have agents with trips scheduled for July and August (me!) who will be spearheading our research and reporting back on all the changes.
Our wonderful team works together to cover every angle so please remember to check us out on our social media channels:
This is a crazy situation but every experience that I have had with Disney throughout the past 20+ years has been extremely positive. They will always be a top-notch company that puts the care of their guests above anything else. They will not do ANYTHING to ruin the magic, even if it’s not the magic you were expecting. If there is anything else that I can do to help you with this situation, please let me know.
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Another great place to find character dining is at the Disney World resorts. Whether you are taking a break from the parks or want to start or end your day dining with characters, I've listed a few of my favorites at the Walt Disney World Resorts.
Eat at Mythos. This restaurant is inside the park & is just amazing. The food is great and the atmosphere is really unique. If it’s a nice day ask for a table outside overlooking the water and Hulk. This is where my girls discovered they love calamari (I’m still surprised every time they eat it - who would have guessed?!)
The wand chooses the wizard! Ollivanders puts on a great little show and if you're lucky enough, someone in your party might get to be the lucky student.
Ride ET & Men in Black. Ok, so I had to make one of these about rides! Some people tend to skip these because they are based on movies that came out many years ago but DON’T DO IT! They are fun rides that make up some of the nostalgia of Universal.
Watch the Horror Make-up Show. Some people love shows, others tend to skip them. I am the latter - there are so many fun rides I don’t always want to stop and watch a show but this one is worth it. It really is engaging as they show how horror make-up is done and made to look real in the movies.
Answer the phone in Simpsons Land. Between the Simpson’s Ride & Cletus’s Chicken Shack there is an alley and you will see a cut out of Nelson by the phone. Every now and then it rings. If you are there when it does, pick up and see what happens!
Stop at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium for an after dinner treat. They have specialty milkshakes and Sundaes that can’t be beat. Espresso Buzzzz is one of my favorites!
Make a reservation at NBC Grill Brew and request either a foosball table or a shuffleboard table. The first time we went to Grill Brew we got a foosball table by luck. Now I request one or the other every time we go. It keeps the whole family entertained while we are waiting for food (even those who may be a bit tired & cranky).
Teri is a Travel Agent with Mickey’s Dream Vacations and MDV Trips. She is a mom of 3 (19, 13, 12) who loves spending her time in warm weather. Currently, her two favorite spots are Orlando, Florida and Roatan, Honduras.
We know that going anywhere with toddlers can be stressful, but going to an amusement park with toddlers can be a different playing field. I recently went to Disneyland with my two toddlers, and found these to be extremely helpful for our long days at the park.
I hope these tips were helpful. I found that each of these items made our days quite enjoyable and that much easier to navigate. I hope you have a wonderful time with your little ones at the “Happiest Place on Earth”!
If you have any other questions, more tips to share, or would like assistance making your next magical vacation perfect, please email or call me.
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