Disney Imagineers really put so much energy and creativity into the Disney World theme parks. It can be felt the moment you walk through the gates. Fortunately for us, one of our favorite park experiences that we have missed in the past year is coming back!
Rides. Shows. Cavalcades. Even food is an experience at Disney! Part of what makes Disney so special is that Walt and Imagineers created a story for us. It begins the very second you walk through the gates, stays with you all day, and bids us a farewell as we leave each night.
This storytelling flows throughout the entire park – from Main Street, U.S.A. to Galaxy’s Edge and Pandora to the World Showcase. You see it in the store fronts, the architecture in the lands, and even during our favorite meals. Even the attractions go just beyond the ride to tell a story.
Various rides throughout the parks host pre-shows, which are fun little rooms or stories you are told before boarding the attraction. They are a fun way to hype you up for the ride and keep you entertained while waiting. Here are a few examples in each park:
Magic Kingdom: Haunted Mansion; Enchanted Tiki Room; Enchanted Tales with Belle; Carousel of Progress
Epcot: Soarin’; Mission: SPACE
Hollywood Studios: Rise of the Resistance; Tower of Tower; Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway; Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster; Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run; Muppet Vision 3D; Star Tours
Wow, Hollywood Studios is full of pre-shows!
Animal Kingdom: Flight of, uh, Passage; DINOSAUR
Return of pre-shows
Unfortunately, many pre-shows have been cut for the last year due to the pandemic. Oftentimes, these pre-shows require you to “fill in all available space” and, well, covid happened.
According to our sources, pre-shows that are still not available are returning! They will be a welcome addition for many beginning this week! Some of you have really enjoyed the extra space that came with physical distancing measures.
Pre-shows will begin to return this week at Disney World.
With physical distancing mostly gone in the parks, be aware of this change and be sure you have a mask if you want to use one. Beginning June 15, masks will not be required in most places! Read about this new policy HERE.
What pre-shows did I miss in my list? Are you excited for their return? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook!