The Festival of The Lion King and Turtle Talk with Crush Not Among Attractions Currently Reopening at Walt Disney World

Festival of the Lion King

The excitement surrounding Walt Disney World’s reopening is palpable. Passholders and out-of-state vacationers alike have a lot of questions about what the experience will be like with new regulations and procedures. One major question has just been answered: when Epcot and Animal Kingdom reopen, on July 15th and 11th respectively, there will be notable exceptions in the attraction lineup.

The Festival of The Lion King is a fan favorite at Animal Kingdom. The colorful celebration brings characters with life with all the flair of their African roots and it is not to be missed on any trip to the park! However, this can’t be helped for any travelers coming for the reopening as the show will not be running at that time. 

Epcot will also be missing a feature of entertainment as Turtle Talk with Crush will be closed until further notice. The reason for the closures is simply that these types of attractions make physical distancing nearly impossible. In other areas of the parks barriers and signage may suffice, but crowds pumped into a single room together would violate guidelines that have been handed down. 

Walt Disney World has continued to communicate plans for new procedures over the past few months. Aside from distancing and masks, we can also expect to see additional sanitization taking place, more emphasis placed on mobile ordering in restaurants, as well as parades, fireworks, character experiences, and playgrounds temporarily halting operations.

Hopefully, we will not have to wait long for our favorite experiences to reopen, but in the meantime, it brings much joy to see Walt Disney World resuming operations in any capacity! 

Photo courtesy of Disney


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Allison Luna

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