• Friday, October 15, 2021
Know Before You Go: Theme Park Updates for October 2020

Know Before You Go: Theme Park Updates for October 2020

Hello October! As usual, there’s a lot going on at our favorite parks this month. Although the fall festivities look much different this year, there’s still a lot of Halloween fun to experience in Orlando!

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Parks are now operating on a reduced schedule, and each park will be open daily during the following hours:

  • Magic Kingdom: 9 AM – 6 PM
  • EPCOT: 11 AM – 7 PM
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 10 AM – 7 PM

Although it’s still open to the public, the Disney Skyliner is running with limited hours of operation. Stations will be open during the following times each day:

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9 AM – 8:30 PM
  • EPCOT International Gateway: 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Disney’s Pop Century & Disney’s Art of Animation Resorts: 9 AM – 8:30 PM

Savi’s Workshop is now back up and running in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can make reservations via the “My Disney Experience” app, or try your luck at a walk-up reservation.

Walt Disney World Parks are still working towards full reopening, with select attractions and restaurants reopening to the public frequently. You can keep up with the latest updates in the parks with this guide to Disney World’s reopening. Here are all the attractions and restaurants that are still currently unavailable at the parks:

Magic Kingdom
  • Casey Jr. Splash ‘N Soak
  • Casey’s Corner
  • Cheshire Cat
  • Columbia Harbor House
  • Cool Ship
  • The Crystal Palace
  • The Diamond Horseshoe
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • The Friar’s Nook
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
  • Golden Oak Outpost
  • Liberty Square Riverboat (Closes October 5 for refurbishments. Set to reopen in 2021)
  • The Lunching Pad
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
  • Prince Eric’s Village Market
  • Tomorrowland Transit Peoplemover (Closed through Nov. 28, 2020)
  • Tom Sawyer Island (Closes October 5 for refurbishments. Set to reopen in 2021)
  • Tortuga Tavern
  • Walt Disney World Railroad (Closed through Jan. 2, 2021)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Affection Section
  • The Boneyard
  • Caravan Road
  • Dawa Bar
  • Dino Diner
  • Drinkwallah
  • Eight Spoon Cafe
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • Harambe Market
  • Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery
  • Mahindi
  • Pizzafari
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • The Smiling Crocodile
  • Terra Treats
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure
  • Warung Outpost
  • Advanced Training Lab
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Block & Hans
  • Bruce’s Shark World
  • Chefs De France
  • Cool Wash
  • Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe
  • Lotus Blossom Cafe
  • Monsieur Paul
  • Lotus Blossom Cafe
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • Sommerfest
  • Takumi-Tei
  • Tangierine Cafe
  • Tokyo Dining
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Yorkshire County Fish Shop
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • ABC Commissary
  • Catalina Eddie’s
  • Dockside Diner
  • Epic Eats
  • Fairfax Fare
  • Hollywood Scoops
  • Kat Saka’s Kettle
  • KRNR The Rock Station
  • Neighborhood Bakery
  • Tune-In Lounge
  • Woody’s Lunch Box

As you know by now, there’s no Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween celebration at Magic Kingdom this year, but there’s still plenty of fall fun to enjoy at Walt Disney World!

Universal Orlando

There’s a new character meet and greet at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, located at the entrance of the Lost Continent. Madagascar’s King Julien greets guests across from Fire Eater’s Grill. Tigress (Kung Fu Panda) and Gloria (Madagascar) can also be found roaming around the area for socially distanced encounters.

Several attractions at Universal Orlando are still closed to the public as part of the parks’ COVID-19 guidelines. The following rides and shows are not available:

  • Universal’s Cinematic Celebration (Universal Studios Florida)
  • Universal’s Superstar Parade (Universal Studios Florida)
  • A Day in the Park with Barney (Universal Studios Florida)
  • Fast & Furious – Supercharged (Universal Studios Florida)
  • Fear Factor Live (Universal Studios Florida)
  • Kang & Kodos’ Twirl’n’Hurl (Universal Studios Florida)
  • The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (Islands of Adventure)
  • Poseidon’s Fury (Universal’s Islands of Adventure)
  • Storm Force Accelatron (Universal’s Islands of Adventure)

Although Halloween Horror Nights was a casualty of COVID-19 this year, you can still get a taste of the epic fright fest for a limited time at Universal Studios. Two haunted houses are open for brave guests to explore, along with a few other special Halloween experiences around Universal Orlando.

SeaWorld Orlando

The SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival has been extended through November 1, so you can enjoy the festival for five additional weekends!

Also taking place on the weekends is SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular. The family-friendly celebration takes place on Saturdays and Sundays through November 1.

Outside of the park, SeaWorld Orlando’s drive-in movie experience is returning for the Halloween season! Flicks & Frights takes place every weekend through October 31.

The experience includes family-friendly and spooky Halloween movies. Family-friendly films will be shown at 7:45. Feature films include:

  • Saturday, October 3: Frankenweenie (PG)
  • Saturday, October 10: Beetlejuice (PG)
  • Saturday, October 17: Corpse Bride (PG)
  • Saturday, October 24: Casper (PG)
  • Saturday, October 31: Hocus Pocus (PG)

Busch Gardens Tampa

 Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa is back for its 21st year! This year’s event is a modified version of the annual fright fest with plenty of socially distanced scares. The separately ticketed experience takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through November 1. This year, brave guests can explore ten open-air scare zones and a spooky stage show on the Festival Field Stage.


At LEGOLAND Florida, you can attend a socially distant Brick-Or-Treat celebration every weekend in October! In addition to neighborhood-style trick or treating, there are seasonal shows, spooky LEGO character meet and greets, and more festivities to enjoy. All of the Halloween fun is included in regular park admission.

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UPDATED 10/5/20

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