Advertisement
  1. Life & Culture
  2. /
  3. Entertainment
  4. /
  5. Theme Parks

Disney World brings back more live shows, character meet and greets

There will be more socially distanced character encounters and live shows in the coming months at the theme parks.
Young guests enjoy seeing Winnie The Pooh, and Tigger too, at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Disney has announced there will be more socially distanced character encounters and live shows in the coming months,
Young guests enjoy seeing Winnie The Pooh, and Tigger too, at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Disney has announced there will be more socially distanced character encounters and live shows in the coming months, [ JOE BURBANK | AP ]
Published Oct. 6

Walt Disney World says more live entertainment is returning to its lineup, including the “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park and socially distanced pictures with popular characters.

The Indiana Jones show — which debuted in August 1989 — has been dark since the coronavirus pandemic prompted a shutdown of the tourism industry in March 2020. Indiana Jones will return Dec. 19, bringing up the rear of the latest round of returning attractions, most of which have been absent for 18 months.

'Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular' returns to Disney's Hollywood Studios Dec. 19.
'Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular' returns to Disney's Hollywood Studios Dec. 19. [ Disney ]

In November, the parks will be introducing more individualized time with characters although not embracing the old hugs and autographs routine yet.

“Although the environment is not right just yet for hugs and autographs, you’ll soon be able to have individualized time with some of your favorite characters, getting to visit with them in a themed location and snap a photo or two,” Disney Parks Blog reported Tuesday.

“Disney Movie Magic,” a projection show upon the Chinese Theater at Hollywood Studios, will resume Nov. 7, Disney says, and it will then include a new segment from the film Mulan.

At Hollywood Studios, Minnie Mouse will return to Red Carpet Dreams area and Disney Junior stars will appear in Animation Courtyard. At Magic Kingdom, the royals will return to Princess Fairytale Hall and Mickey Mouse will greet folks at Town Square Theater while decked out in his shiny new 50th anniversary suit.

Next week at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, visitors will start seeing Chakranadi in Asia and Kora Tinga Tinga in Africa. The Tam Tam Drummers will return to the park in early November, Disney says.

Other atmospheric entertainment returned as of Oct. 1, the resort’s actual anniversary date. At Magic Kingdom, “Let the Magic Begin” is now seen early at Cinderella Castle and the ragtime piano player has returned to Casey’s Corner. At Epcot, Sergio is entertaining at Italy pavilion, the Taiko drummers of Matsuriza perform in Japan and Alberta Bound takes the stage in Canada.

Dewayne Bevil — Orlando Sentinel