IT’S BACK: Live Entertainment Returns to Walt Disney World Resort

by | Oct 6, 2021 | Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog, WDW News, WDW Resorts

BREAKING NEWS: Walt Disney World live entertainment returns at last.

One of the tried-and-true parts of visiting WDW is the live entertainment and character experiences. Because of COVID-19, that part of visiting WDW had been on hold … until now. Live entertainment returns to Walt Disney World Resort starting in October, so now you have yet another reason to visit pronto.

Live Entertainment Returns at Four Disney Parks in October


Matsuriza returns to EPCOT’s World Showcase. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

On Tuesday, Disney announced that Entertainment Cast Members will return in droves to the four theme parks in WDW Resort this fall. And with the start of The World’s Most Magical Celebration this past Friday, it’s already begun.

If you visit Magic Kingdom early in the day, you’ll be greeted by the familiar sounds of “Let the Magic Begin” on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. Down Main Street, U.S.A., Casey’s Corner is once again home to jangly ragtime piano.

EPCOT is happening, too, with live performances making a comeback at the World Showcase. You’ll find Alberta Bound in Canada, Sergio in Italy, and Matsuriza’s Takio drummers in Japan.

And there’s more coming, too. Next week, Animal Kingdom will see the return of Chakranad in Asia and Kora Tinga Tinga back at it again at Harambe. And next month, the Tam Tam Drummers are beating their way back at long last.

Starting Oct. 14 at the Boardwalk Resort, one Yeehaw Bob will resume his routine at the River Roost Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. You can expect to see plenty of live performances all along the waterfront, too.

WDW Resort Offering Individualized Character Experiences


Meet Mickey Mouse and snap a pic at Town Square Theater. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Because there is still very much a pandemic going on, the time isn’t quite right for Disney Characters to resume free hugs and autographs for the masses. But Walt Disney World Resort is building back up to it with the option for private character experiences with your favorite characters.

These experiences, starting in November, will allow you to visit a themed location and take a safe photo with some of your favorite characters. This includes

And of course, all your faves will keep appearing throughout the resort in cavalcades, flotillas, motorcades, and impromptu appearances.


Indy is back in action starting Dec. 19. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Want more? Disney Movie Magic will also be returning Nov. 7 with a new sequence from Mulan, and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular gets back in action on Dec. 19.

Just when you thought things couldn’t possibly get bigger and cooler around WDW Resort—they just keep getting bigger and cooler.

Are you excited for the return of live entertainment at WDW Resort? Visit the WDW Magazine Facebook page and gush as much as you’d like—because we’re so excited, too!

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Written by Kyle Johnson

Written by Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a writer, enthusiast of all things weird, and has an unnatural obsession with Halloween. We’re talking animatronics staying up all year round and watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on a whim in April. He has a cool wiener dog, Rumours, and an even cooler wife, Trinity.