BREAKING: Disney States Spaceship Earth Refurbishment Will Still Happen, Offers Update on What Attractions and Entertainment Will Be Available at Each Park

Walt Disney World Resort has just shared an update on what attractions and entertainment will look like when the theme parks begin to reopen.

Disney Parks Blog shares, “As we look forward to the reopening of Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in July, we’re excited to share a few details about the attractions and entertainment guests will be able to experience when they return. Though these may look a little different than in the past, there will be plenty of magic for everyone to enjoy when Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park open on July 11, and EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios open on July 15.

Most attractions will be available at each park – for example, live your adventure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with attractions like Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. At Magic Kingdom Park, classics such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean are waiting to welcome guests with thrilling adventures for the whole family. Time travelers, take note that the iconic Spaceship Earth attraction at EPCOT will also continue to be available in its current state while we pause on its planned refurbishment, along with other favorite attractions like Soarin’ Around the World, Frozen Ever After and Test Track presented by Chevrolet. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, the magic of nature awaits with Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain and Avatar Flight of Passage. 

If you’re hoping to see some familiar friends or take in the tunes of treasured performers, you’re in luck! Just as you may have seen recently at Disney Springs, our characters will appear in new and different ways that bring a smile to your face while also being mindful of physical distancing. From special cavalcades down the Magic Kingdom Park parade route and friends sailing the waterways of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, to processions along the World Showcase promenade at EPCOT and motorcades on Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Hollywood Boulevard, each area will come to life throughout the day. You never know when a party of your pals may come by, so be prepared for plenty of surprises!

For example, after rocketing through space in Tomorrowland you might see that famous Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear; or discover a captive Captain Jack Sparrow as you traverse the Castillo del Morro on your way to Pirates of the Caribbean. You could cross paths with Queen Anna and Elsa as they venture “into the unknown” on a journey around World Showcase at EPCOT or spy members of the Resistance hiding out from the First Order throughout Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu.

Looking beyond our beloved characters, several musical groups will also return. You can look forward to seeing Main Street Philharmonic at Magic Kingdom Park, plus the Mariachi Cobre and everyone’s favorite funky drumming crew the JAMMitors at EPCOT, just to name a few. “

Of course, keeping following along with WDWNT as we continue to cover the Disney parks as they reopen around the world.

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  1. The only thing confirmed in that release is that the refurb is on “pause”. It certainly doesn’t say there will ever be an un-pause.

  2. Eh. Paused doesn’t mean moving forward or that it won’t be modified. I think disney will have to make some serious choices. Right now Epcot is under heavy construction that they must complete and finish a major rollercoaster. Not sure what the budget will be by the time they “unpause”.

  3. Explain to me how us pass holders should feel the excitement when you took everything away from us???? Just because you are opening back up but shoving us to the bottom of the barrel????

  4. Disney is masterful at their wording of things. Technically, the announcement does use the term “pause,” so you are correct that the implication is that it will still happen. But nowhere do they explicitly say that it will. A pause could last 10 years. This announcement doesn’t make me particularly hopeful that we will see the refurbishment of Spaceship Earth any time soon.

  5. It states that they are pausing planned refurbishment on spaceship earth not that they are continuing with it as stated in the title.

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