A Complete Guide to the Reopening of the Magic Kingdom
For the first time in nearly four months, the Magic Kingdom is once again welcoming guests at Walt Disney World. Of course, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, major changes have been made to the park experience, including temperature screenings, mandatory face masks, social distancing, and more.
If you’re planning a visit, or if you just want to see what’s changed, below is a complete listing of our coverage of the reopening of the Magic Kingdom.
Whether you’re arriving by way of the Transportation and Ticket Center or taking a leisurely walk over from Disney’s Contemporary Resort, here’s everything you need to know about arriving at the Magic Kingdom. From temperature screenings to the new bag check procedure, we’ve got full coverage of it all:
You’ll find The Main Street Philharmonic marching on throughout the Magic Kingdom at varied parts of the day. Do note that due to the nature of this activity, these talented musicians do not wear face masks while performing.
Tom Sawyer Island is open for all adventurers, just be mindful to use the proper entrance and exits around the island, and be aware only three parties can fit on the raft going to and coming from the island.
If you’re looking to join the 999 happy haunts at the Haunted Mansion, keep in mind the pre-show is currently not running, but you can still take in the stretching room portraits in their fully stretched, corruptable, mortal state.
While we can finally join our favorite friends in the Hundred Acre Wood again, keep in mind that the interactive queue elements, Rabbit’s Garden, have been roped off and the popular hunny wall has been shut off to prevent guests from touching unneeded surfaces.
If you’re ready to dive into the story of The Little Mermaid, social distancing markers have been set up throughout the queue, but Scuttle and the interactive crab games are still working and entertaining guests.
It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow! Guests looking to visit our favorite family from the Magic Kingdom should know that every other row is currently blocked off and parties over four people will need to split up.
Winnie the Pooh is also featured in the Fantasyland Friends Cavalcade joined by his pal Tigger, alongside other literary favorites like Alice, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, and Gaston, who rides on his trusty steed!
“Relaxation Stations” are mask-free zones where you and your party can take a seat at a table, eat a snack or just relax with your mask off! Tables are setup around the different zones but are very carefully spaced apart from other guests to keep everyone safe in this post-COVID-19 world.
Tables have been removed inside and made unavailable outside to help enforce social distancing. Guests can use a QR code to access the current menu, or request a paper one if they don’t have a smart device. Prior to reopening, the restaurant was hit by menu changes, so be sure to check the menu in advance to avoid disappointment.
Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square is now open, and we stopped in for lunch. On the tables, instead of menus are QR codes for guests to scan on their mobile devices to view the available menu and social distancing is taking place in the dining room.
Be Our Guest Restaurant‘s fast-casual breakfast and lunch has been suspended, with only table service prix fixe dinner available. The biggest surprise was the appearance of the Beast. With most character dining suspended around Walt Disney World, we weren’t expecting him to return. His highness doesn’t stop for posed photos, but he still waves to diners. Changes include arrows on the floor indicating the direction of foot traffic and reduced capacity.
One of our favorite spots to eat in the Magic Kingdom is Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, so we were thrilled to see social distancing signage added to the many dining areas around the restaurant. Socially distanced waiting spots were later added for mobile ordering.
Currently, guests can only enter The Chapeau through the Main Street Confectionery, with the doors leading outside serving as an exit. If you’re looking for a personalized set of ears, you’re in luck: embroidery services are still available.
Due to the high demand for Splash Mountain merchandise ahead of its permanent closure, a virtual queue has been implemented for Splashdown Photos at the ride’s exit. Guests provide their cell phone number to a Cast Member, and when it’s time for them to return, they’ll receive two text messages notifying them to return.
Boat service between the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground has resumed with a piece of Disney history. The former Discovery River Cruise boats from Disney’s Animal Kingdom have been put into service here, with plenty of social distancing on the dock and reduced seating on the boat itself.
We hope this comprehensive guide allows you to better understand the changes that have come to the theme park since reopening and help plan your upcoming visit to the Magic Kingdom.