EPCOT and Hollywood Studios reopen today, July 15th, which means that all four Walt Disney World parks are officially open to the public again! Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopened to guests a few days ago on July 11th, having closed nearly four months ago on March 16th.
Just like the other two parks, EPCOT and Hollywood Studios have both implemented new healthy and safety procedures during this reopening phase. All four parks are also offering new character entertainment since the regular parades, shows, and meet and greets are currently unavailable.
At EPCOT, guests can expect to see character appearances throughout the park from the Disney Princesses, Frozen characters, and Mickey and his friends. Over at Hollywood Studios, Mickey & Friends will also make appearances on Hollywood Boulevard in their own special motorcade, as will Disney Junior Stars and Pixar characters.
A modified EPCOT festival experience also begins today that combines the annual Food & Wine Festival with a few elements from the Flower and Garden Festival, which was cut short earlier this year due to the parks closing. “A Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival!” is expected to continue through late fall and features multiple marketplaces serving speciality food and beverages. Over twenty outdoor food and beverage booths can be found throughout the park for this festival, including:
- Mac & Cheese Hosted By Boursin® Cheese (World Showplace)
- Appleseed Orchard (World Showplace)
- Desserts & Champagne (World Showplace)
- Wine & Dine Featuring Festival Favorites (World Showplace)
- Refreshment Port
- Hawai’i (Showcase Plaza)
- The Citrus Blossom (Showcase Plaza)
- Shimmering Sips (Showcase Plaza)
- Islands of the Caribbean (Showcase Plaza)
- Earth Eats Hosted By Impossible™ (Near Mexico)
- Refreshment Outpost (Located in the African Outpost)
- Hops & Barley
- Funnel Cakes (Located in the American Adventure)
- Brazil (Between Morocco and France)
- Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
You can find a list of the many delicious offerings from each of these locations on Disney Parks Blog!
Also returning to this festival is Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt, as well as the new Remy topiary. This topiary currently sits in the France pavilion, where guests will also find some of this year’s Flower and Garden merchandise. While the Eat to the Beat Concert Series will not be a part of the festival this year, select EPCOT musical entertainment will still be present in the park, such as the JAMMitors and Mariachi Cobre.
Now that all four parks are open again, we are looking forward to seeing all of the new offerings that guests can experience during this reopening phase! Stay tuned for more updates and articles that cover the reopening of the parks and resorts, and don’t forget to sign up for our free email newsletter so you don’t miss a post!
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As always, we encourage you to visit Disney’s website for all official information and to make sure that none of this information has changed since this article was written. We update our website and articles as often as we can, but it is always a good idea to double check Disney’s official website before booking any resort stays or visiting the Walt Disney World Resort.Last Updated July 15, 2020