• On Feb 24, 2021
    Alissa from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are character dinners open in the castle? Are there parades? Are there shows? Are rides open? What is not open in the parks?

    Hello Alissa! You've brought a great question to planDisney! Let's get ready to take a "tour" of the Walt Disney World Resort through this answer!

    Let's start with character dining! Cinderella's Royal Table is the restaurant that is inside Cinderella Castle. While the restaurant is still open for lunch and dinner, the Disney Princesses are not officially "holding court." However, I have heard that Cinderella has made an occasional appearance! The same can be said of Beast at Be Our Guest Restaurant also in Magic Kingdom Park! The master of the castle will ocassionally pass through the dining rooms, but is not greeting Guests.

    You will be able to find Mickey, Minnie, and their pals at two Character Dining locations for breakfast. One is Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort! The other is Topolino's Terrace at Disney's newly opened Riviera Resort! Guests can also find Chip, Dale, and a few other friends at Garden Grill at EPCOT!

    Hollywood and Vine at Disney's Hollywood Studios also offers unique Character Dining Experiences! There is the Disney Junior Play n' Dine for breakfast, as well as Minnie's Seasonal Dining which is available during lunch and dinner! These Character Dining Experiences are set to begin on March 2, 2021!

    At the present time, as physical distancing guidelines are adhered to, Guests will not experience the traditional parades or character shows at the parks. However, Guests can look forward to seeing some of their favorite characters in the parks during several character cavalcade appearances that occur frequently throughout all four Disney Parks. While cavalcade times are not publicized, there are several that occur throughout the day in all four parks! During our most recent visit, I was pleasantly surprised how many cavalcades we were able to experience as we made our way around the park.

    And, finally, no visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth would be complete without the rides! Most of the rides and attractions are open throughout the four Disney Parks! If you visit each park's webpage - Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom - you will be able to see the listing of all rides and attractions that are currently available! I think you'll be very happy to see most rides are available!

    Alissa, as you can see, Mickey has got a lot going on at the Walt Disney World Resort! He will be ready for your visit in April!

    Hakuna Matata!  Jonathan
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Meet the Panelist: Jonathan, Pennsylvania

Hi, everyone!  My name is Jonathan.  I am a Disney-adoring husband, dad of three sons, and elementary school principal from Pennsylvania.  If you're visiting planDisney with questions about the Most Magical Place on Earth, then Hakuna Matata because you've come to the right group of people!  I'm happy to use my past Disney-travel experiences and knowledge to help you enjoy every moment of your vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! Learn More About Jonathan

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