Right now, there's a lot we don't know about the fallout from the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic and its effect on Walt Disney World. And though it looks like Disneyland is hoping to get back to some kind of operations sooner rather than later, things have ground to a halt at Walt Disney World, with Disney Springs shut down (some locations potentially for good) and hotels now closed for the foreseeable future. And though some wondered if construction on several Disney projects could continue during this unprecedented closure could continue, it looks like we now know the answer to this question...
Construction halted on new attractions, Cinderella Castle improvements
Contractors working on the various construction projects in and around Walt Disney World parks have confirmed that due to the CDC's guidance against large gatherings,they will no longer be able to work at the resort. That means that projects that were originally slated to debut this year are all going to be delayed
Disney has of course not given an official status update on these projects, but it seems very likely that all of the opening dates of all of these projects will see short-term delays of six months or less after the parks reopen. Here are the original opening targets for these construction projects, which were all entering their final phases of work when the resort closed in early March:
- Space 220: April 2020
- Remy's Ratatouille Adventure (and France Expansion): Summer 2020
- Cinderella Castle makeover: Summer 2020
- Harmonious: Fall 2020
- Cirque du Soleil: Drawn to Life
Though the vast majority of these projects will probably still debut before the end of the year, the new Cirque du Soleil Show may be an exception as reports point to it being either delayed indefinitely or cancelled, as all performers have been laid off.
But even though the vast majority of these projects we expect to see completed before the end of the year, what about Disney's longer-term projects?