We’ll take a moment away from our Magic Kingdom reopening series to take a quick (lol) look at what we might expect from the reopening of Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020. If you missed the Magic Kingdom posts, you might start with the most recent update, which links back to the first two parts. It took us about 9,000 words to make it through five rides, which doesn’t seem to bode well for an overview of an entire land.
Magic Kingdom Fantasyland and Frontierland Touring in the Current Normal
We pick our morning at Magic Kingdom back up after experiencing Seven Dwarfs Mine Train on Saturday, July 11th, 2020. You’ll remember that this is the first day that Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom reopened to the public. In Part One, I discussed what to expect from the arrival experience. That process will likely now be more time-consuming and put you in front of Magic Kingdom’s entrance later in the morning than if you arrived at the same time before the extended theme park closure.
That includes Disney not beginning to park guests until around 8am. Then, social distancing measures limit the number of guests who are able to ride the monorails and ferry boats. Part Two walked us up Main Street. We also discussed some concerns that you might have with the safety measures Disney has and hasn’t enacted since reopening, and successful or unsuccessful they might be.
Magic Kingdom Morning Touring in the Current Normal
We pick our morning up at 8:45am on Saturday, July 11th, 2020. It’s the first day that Magic Kingdom reopened to guests and we’re just about in the middle of the rope drop crowd headed up Main Street. Cast members, from cashiers inside the Emporium, to the Vice President of the Park, line the street to welcome us back. You couldn’t go much further than six feet without meeting a smile and a wave. Part One discussed what to expect from the arrival experience at Magic Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom Rope Drop Expectations and Tips
Welcome back to Walt Disney World as we re-embark on our mission to minimize the amount of time you spend waiting in line and maximize the value you’re able to extract for your dollar. The website will be here all summer and into the fall to see how things evolve. I really have no way of getting anywhere else. This assumes, of course, that the place continues to stay open.
Unfortunately, we don’t yet have a good grasp of what crowds and wait times will look like after things pick back up again. That will be abundantly clear as we move about our day as close to the Magic Kingdom rope drop as we can get.
By now, you’ve probably familiarized yourself with Park Pass. Disney uses the system to theoretically limit capacity at each of its theme parks at what it deems to be manageable levels. If Park Pass doesn’t ring a bell, I have a full rundown of how it currently works here. Both Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom reopened on Saturday, July 11th. On opening day, Magic Kingdom had not reached its capacity for guests with theme park tickets:
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Review and Planning Info
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway opened on: March 4, 2020.
Pull up a list of all Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction planning reviews here. These reviews will be updated throughout the month as things evolve. The main points should remain the same.
Location: You’ll find the entrance in the same spot as The Great Movie Ride, the attraction that the Railway replaced.