WDWNT Weekly Recap: EPCOT & Disney’s Hollywood Studios Reopen After Historic Closure, New Attractions Delayed, Happy Birthday Disneyland, 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 13-19, 2020.

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

The castle turrets in Fantasyland now match Cinderella Castle

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

EPCOT

We were thrilled to be back in EPCOT this week

Awesome Planet

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along / Impressions de France

Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360

Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival

Frozen Ever After

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros

Journey into Imagination with Figment

Kidcot Fun Stops

Living with the Land

Mickey Shorts Theater

Reflections of China

Spaceship Earth

Soarin’ Around the World

Test Track

The American Adventure

The EPCOT Experience

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

  • Also, join us as we begin to explore each pavilion around the World Showcase, listed below…

China

France – with new tree landscaping and the removal of the Parisian Caricature kiosk

Mexico

Africa Marketplace

Appleseed Orchard Marketplace

Brazil

Canada

China

Desserts & Champagne

Earth Eats

France

Funnel Cake

Germany

Hawaii

Island of the Caribbean

Italy

Hops & Barley

Japan

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

Mac & Cheese Hosted by Boursin

Mexico

Morocco

Refreshment Outpost

Refreshment Port

Shimmering Sips

The Citrus Blossom

Wine & Dine Featuring Festival Favorites

The Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Kicked off this week

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopened this week
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopened to guests on July 15, and we were very excited to be back exploring the park and all of its attractions. All of the attractions throughout the park have been modified with new health and safety updates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so check out what’s new in each of our photo reports below…

Alien Swirling Saucers

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Muppet*Vision 3D

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Slinky Dog Dash

Star Tours

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (with a modified virtual queue system)

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Toy Story Mania

Walt Disney Presents: One Man’s Dream

mickey hollywood studios calvacade
Mickey was out waving to guests in a new “motorcade” experience

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

disney contemporary resort presidential suite
We were lucky enough to be upgraded to the Presidential Suite in the Contemporary

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Guest Services & Resort Reopening Information

Other Walt Disney World News

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Paris

  • Disneyland Paris finally reopened its gates this week, with a grand ceremony given by resort President Natacha Rafalski, and Cast Members lining Main Street, U.S.A to welcome guests back home
  • For their reopening, Disneyland Paris released a “The Incredibles”-themed mini-movie, detailing their updated health and safety protocols across the resort
  • In place of traditional character meet and greets, Disneyland Paris has debuted new “Selfie Spot” locations, where guests can wave to and take socially-distanced photos with characters
  • Disneyland Paris Cast Members each received a shiny, newly-designed name badge for the reopening of the park
  • Two exciting promo videos were released for the resort, showing Cast Members excitedly preparing to go back to work
disneyland paris reopening
Disneyland President Natacha Rafalski is joined by Mickey and Minnie for the grand reopening ceremony. Photo Credit: Natacha Rafalski Instagram (Official)

Hong Kong Disneyland

Tokyo Disney Resort

Adventures By Disney & Disney Cruise Line

New Merchandise

Confetti Minnie ears
The sparkly new sequin confetti Minnie Ears
This new Mickey Mouse plush celebrates 65 years of Disneyland

Entertainment and Media

Disney+

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!

Stitch’s Great Escape, Primeval Whirl, and Rivers of Light Closed Forever – NewsToday 7/17

Hong Kong Disneyland Closing, NBA Players at Walt Disney World Test Positive – NewsToday 7/14

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!

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