For the first time in history, every single Disney park around the globe is closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If your upcoming theme park plans have been cancelled, or you simply need a bit of Disney magic as you remain quarantined at home, you can actually “ride” most of Disney’s attractions from the comfort of your couch – no queuing for long lines or FastPasses required.
Over the years, a number of visitors to the Disney parks in the US and beyond have recorded and shared unofficial “virtual tours” of the most beloved attractions online, giving at-home viewers a chance to ride their favorites again and again, while discovering some of the unique experiences that don’t exist stateside.
Whether you want to take a virtual journey on the most iconic rides to spot the differences (yes, each ride is unique to its home park – Space Mountain at Disneyland Paris takes guests upside down three times) or want to check out the newest attractions available once the parks reopen again, you can feel like you’re spending a day at Disney without packing a bag or grabbing your passport.
Here are some of our top virtual picks as you plan your next adventure to the Disney parks:
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World
The newest attraction in the Florida park is the first-ever ride featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse at any Disney park anywhere – yes, really. It opened just days before the parks officially closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you can still take a trip on the trackless train ride with Engineer Goofy at the helm.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure at Shanghai Disneyland
With its official opening in 2016, Shanghai Disneyland is the newest Disney park, but if you’re expecting a slow boat ride in the dark while spotting Jack Sparrow and his cohorts, think again. Shanghai’s version of the classic attraction is widely regarded as one of the most immersive Disney attractions, taking guests on an underwater journey that must be seen to be believed.
Pooh’s Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland
Serving as the first-ever trackless ride at a Disney park, this adorable homage to Winnie the Pooh and friends takes guests on an unexpected journey in a “hunny pot” through the Hundred Acre Wood at Tokyo Disneyland making it a must-visit for Disney lovers of all ages.
Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril at Disneyland Paris
Thrill ride lovers can get their fix by virtually visiting Disneyland Paris to ride this heart-pounding coaster with one serious inversion that plummets you into the abyss without much warning.
Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland
This unique take on the iconic Haunted Mansion features a storyline that is entirely unique to the Hong Kong park, making it a must-do for a hefty dose of family-friendly spooks.
Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure
Featuring enough speed to satisfy thrill-seekers of all ages, this trip down Route 66 with Lightning McQueen, Mater, and all the pals from Pixar’s Cars is the kinda road trip the entire family will love – as long as you buckle up for safety.