WDWNT Weekly Recap: The Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Reopen After Historic COVID-19 Closure, and More!


WDWNT Weekly Recap: The Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Reopen After Historic COVID-19 Closure, and More!


WDWNT Weekly Recap: The Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Reopen After Historic COVID-19 Closure, and More!

Every week is a busy week when it comes to Disney news. To help you keep up with all the updates coming out of Walt Disney World and other Disney resorts, here’s WDWNT’s weekly recap of the Disney news from July 6-12, 2020.

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

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Welcome home!
  • Magic Kingdom finally reopened its gates this Saturday, July 11. In the morning of the grand reopening day, Walt Disney World resort guests received a phone call, reiterating that theme park reservations would be needed to access the parks and that guests should not arrive early to avoid crowding. Despite this, at the start of the day we saw large crowds form outside of Guest Relations at the entrance of the park. Of course, we were very excited to be there, riding all the attractions we have missed and taking note of the new health and safety measures which have been implemented to keep guests and cast members safe. Take a look at each of our individual attraction reports below:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Carousel of Progress

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Jungle Cruise

Mad Tea Party

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Peter Pan’s Flight

Pirates of the Caribbean

Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Space Mountain

Splash Mountain (with a guest evacuation)

Swiss Family Treehouse

The Country Bear Jamboree

The Hall of Presidents

The Haunted Mansion

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Tomorrowland Speedway

Tom Sawyer Island

Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

  • Take a look at the attraction wait time overview for the first day back at Magic Kingdom
  • In lieu of traditional, large-scale character parades and meet and greets throughout the park, characters have instead been taking to the streets of the Magic Kingdom in socially-distanced, smaller cavalcades throughout the day. Take a look at the selection below:

A Goofy Cavalcade

Fantasyland Friends Cavalcade

Mickey & Friends Cavalcade

The Main Street Philharmonic

The Royal Princess Processional (which suffered difficulties in the day as Merida’s horse got startled)

Tinker Bell & the Lost Treasure Cavalcade

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The Mickey and Friends Cavalcade

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Welcome back to the Tree of Life!

Avatar Flight of Passage


Expedition Everest

Kali River Rapids

Na’vi River Journey

UP! A Great Bird Adventure

Wilderness Explorer Experience

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Donald’s Dino Bash… the cruise!


Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney Springs

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Disney Springs Compass

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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We were back at Chef Mickey’s for waffles this week!

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin

Guest Services & Resort Reopening Information

Other Walt Disney World News

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Paris

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Disneyland Paris prepares to reopen next week

Tokyo Disney Resort

New Merchandise

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Adopt one of these adorable shoulder banshee plushes
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We love these reopening “Together Again” t-shirts

Entertainment and Media


Other Disney News

Editorials & Other Fun Stuff from WDWNT

WDW News Today

Make sure you catch up on the News Today episodes from this week!

Walt Disney World Outlaws Certain Face Mask Styles Ahead of Theme Park Reopening – NewsToday 7/10

The Magic Kingdom Has Reopened, Haunted Mansion Loses Stretching Room – NewsToday 7/8

Walt Disney World Announces Mask-Free Relaxation Zones Ahead of Reopening – NewsToday 7/6

That’s all the Disney news for this past week folks! Make sure you check back at the end of each week for our weekly recaps!