For the first time since Walt Disney debuted Disneyland in 1955, not a single Disney theme park is open for business. All Disney theme parks, including Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, shut down operations to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
As of now, Disney’s U.S. parks are slated to be closed through at least March 31, but Disney officials are monitoring health guidelines and providing updates on their official website.
The closures come during the busy Spring Break season. Thousands of families who planned to take the kids on a magical vacation at Walt Disney World faced disappointment in missing out on their favorite attractions and a chance to get away for some fun family time.
Whether you had a vacation planned or are just looking for a little Disney pixie dust to make a rough day a little brighter, there is a way to capture a little bit of that Disney magic. Many Walt Disney World attractions have been captured on high-definition video for virtual “rides” and shared on YouTube to enjoy where ever and whenever you’d like.
So, if you’re looking for something to do during this extended downtime, how about a Disney park day? Everyone can wear their favorite Disney T-shirts. Make some popcorn and gather around the TV to experience these popular Disney attractions!
Pirates of the Caribbean
This dark ride is one of Disney’s classic attractions, and there are different versions of this water adventure with Captain Jack Sparrow at each Disney park. This 4K video of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom’s ride, shared by SoCal Attractions 360, will get you right in the middle of the adventure!
Frozen Ever After
Over at Epcot’s World Showcase in the Norway pavilion, you’ll find Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven in Frozen Ever After. Guests take a boat ride through Arendelle on a celebratory snow day, which is quite welcome during the heat of a Florida summer! ThemeParkHD shared the full experience of this dark ride, from entering the attraction all the way through the gift shop exit.
It’s a Small World
It’s the happiest boat ride in the world, and you can have a front seat at the Magic Kingdom’s version of “It’s a Small World.” The song will certainly get stuck in your head, but the international dolls in authentic costumes are adorable! The videographers at iThemePark share this heartwarming ride in full HD quality.
Slinky Dog Dash
Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, your family can ride one of the newest roller coasters at Walt Disney World. Slinky Dog Dash is part of Toy Story Land and has guests go on a thrilling ride on Slinky Dog through the entire Toy Story Land. The line for this ride usually lasts hours, but you can skip the line and see it in your home! In this video from MouseSteps/JML Media, you can experience three different views: front, middle or back.
Peter Pan’s Flight
Fly to Neverland on this classic Magic Kingdom ride. You’ll see the story of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy, Michael, John and Captain Hook as you sail away on a magical, airborne pirate ship. ResortTV1 takes guests on a night flight through the ride.
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Explore the “Big Blue World” of the ocean at The Seas with Nemo and Friends over at Epcot. Filmed in 4K by ThemeParkHD, this video’s quality captures the ride details even in low light.
The Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover is an elevated ride/tour through all of Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland. You get a glimpse of all the attractions, a little history and amazing views of the park all in one attraction. 4K WDW produced this 4K version of the full ride.
Riding Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom guarantees a “Zip Ah Dee Do Dah Day!” Of course, you won’t get wet on this version, but you’ll still enjoy the drops and thrills of one of the best flume rides ever built. Coasterforce gives fans a front-seat view of this top-tier ride.
If you want to experience other Disney Parks’ rides and attractions, just head over to YouTube and do a search for them. You’ll find plenty of ways to experience Disney rides from your own home until you can return to the magic again.