What’s Going on Inside the Closed Disney Theme Parks


Disneyland and Walt Disney World closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and are not expected to open anytime soon.

But despite the absence of tourists and visitors, many activities are continuing along inside the theme parks’ gates.

With the parks filled with wildlife, Disney’s Animal Care team is continuing to look after its more than 2000 animals and even attending to the arrival of some its newest adorable inhabitants, reported Reader's Digest.

Days after the parks closed, a Hartmann’s Zebra foal named Asha was born at Disney World on March 21st. She’s since been set free to roam within the park’s Kilimanjaro Safaris area.

Maintaining the Magic Kingdom’s lush greenery is still high on the agenda as floral beds and topiaries continue to be flawlessly manicured, according to the New York Post.

“On a visit to #EPCOT this week, I was struck by the beauty and inspiration of our Flower & Garden Festival topiaries, which are still here,” said  president of Disney World, Josh D’Amaro. “They are a testament to how amazing our horticulture team is.”

It isn’t all dark inside Disneyland, as one attraction continues to shine bright. The Victorian lamp inside Walt Disney’s second floor apartment remains lit in order to be "a source of inspiration.”

“Today, even in a world filled with so much uncertainty, that light still shines, bright as ever,” Disneyland Park president Rebecca Campbell captioned a post on Instagram. “I’m looking forward to the day when families can make memories once again.”

While all parks still have security teams in place, every morning guards continue to conduct their daily flag-raising ceremony and give Old Glory its proper salute, despite not having any visitors to witness the procedure.

Other Disney “cast members” have temporarily relocated their regular performances from Main Street into the virtual world. Retro barbershop quartet, The Dapper Dans keep their voices finely tuned in online videos, while Epcot’s janitor percussion group, the JAMMitors, have followed suit with at-home concerts.

Fans that were missing Disney World's magic got an extra special treat as its legendary fireworks display was brought back to life this week.

On Friday, Disney streamed a replay of its “Happily Ever After” fireworks extravaganza from Magic Kingdom Park much to delight of homebound viewers around the world.

Hoping to further entertain fans at home, Disney also recently released the recipes for popular menu items found in the parks such as its Churros, Mickey Mouse beignets, Dole Whip and Toy Story Land grilled cheeses.

So while it’s unknown exactly when visitors will be able to return to the theme parks, the recipes are one way fans can satiate their taste for all things Disney for the time being.

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