The news we have been waiting for has been announced. Disney World has announced its plans for a phased reopening of the park.
Following the recent reopening of Shanghai Disney Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, I am pleased to share that more Disney magic is coming back. May 27th Disney submitted a proposal to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force in Florida describing their approach for a phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort theme parks planned to begin on July 11.
As Disney releases more information, I will update this post.
When is Disney World Opening?
Disney Springs is already open. Disney Springs has limited parking, orange, and lime lots only. Temporary operation modifications, including reduced hours at select locations and no scheduled entertainment offerings or high-touch interactive areas. Masks and temperature screenings for both Cast Members and guests. There is also an abundance of handwashing and sanitizer stations throughout the Springs.
Here are some of the stores/dining locations that are open:
- 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
- The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group
- Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
- The BOATHOUSE®
- Chapel Hats
- Chicken Guy!
- Columbia Sportswear
- Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers
- D-Luxe Burger
- Earl of Sandwich®
- Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
- Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
- Free People
- Frontera Cocina
- Happy Hound
- Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®
- Lucky Brand
- Luxury of Time by Diamonds International
- Pandora® Jewelry
- Paradiso 37 Entertainment
- Pelé Soccer
- Planet Hollywood
- The Polite Pig
- Pop Gallery
- Ron Jon Surf Shop®
- Royally Yours by Arribas Brothers
- Savannah Bee Company
- Sosa Family Cigars
- STK Orlando
- Sugarboo & Co.
- Sunshine Churros
- UNIQLO & UNOde50
- Vera Bradley
- Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
- World of Disney
- Wine Bar George – A Restaurant & Bar
- YeSake Kiosk
Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios
Pending Orange County and state approval, Walt Disney World Resort proposal plans for Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom to begin a phased reopening to the general public on July 11, followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15.
In preparing to reopen during this unusual time, Disney will be managing the theme parks in a very different way from what we’ve known before. Cast Members will be focused on operating our parks in a responsible way that continues to give guests opportunities to create magical Disney memories.
How will a Disney Vacation be Different during Phased Opening?
This phased reopening will demonstrate a deliberate approach, with limits on attendance and controlled guest density that aligns with guidance on physical distancing. That means certain experiences we know draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. In addition, “high-touch” experiences such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds, and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be in the parks to entertain and delight our guests.
Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited as Disney welcomes guests back to the magic, attendance will be managed through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance.
At this time, Disney is temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so they can focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations (Disney Vacation Club members can still make new reservations). Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold; Disney will be reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details.
All Fastpasses and dining reservations have been canceled for the remainder of 2020. The Disney Dining Plan has been canceled and your money will be refunded back to you.
Disney will resume new ticket sales and hotel reservations after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon.
Additionally, Disney Vacation Club resorts at Walt Disney World will reopen to members and guests and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will begin to reopen on June 22. Disney Vacation Club resorts in Vero Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, will also open to members and guests starting on June 15. Plans to support required physical distancing as well as enhanced cleaning measures, along with a number of other safety and cleanliness protocols, will be implemented as part of this planned phased reopening.
Today, World of Disney retail shop reopened at Disney Springs shopping and dining complex at Walt Disney World. And in the coming weeks, Disney stores will begin a phased reopening of operations globally, beginning with a select number of stores in the United States, in addition to stores in Europe and Japan.
Disney is looking forward to reopening our theme parks, Disney Resort hotels and stores and doing so in a responsible way. Disney Destinations will continue to follow enhanced safety protocols based upon applicable guidance from health authorities and government agencies.
Guest Requirements for Park Entry
Face Coverings/Masks. As we all must work together to promote the health and safety of everyone, Cast Members as well as guests 2 years of age and older will be required to wear appropriate face coverings in theme parks and common areas of resort hotels.
Temperature Screenings. All guests will also undergo temperature screenings prior to entering a theme park; cast members will also have temperature checks.
Cashless Transactions. Cashless transactions are recommended, and cleaning and disinfection procedures will be increased in high-traffic areas.
Additional information on enhanced health and safety measures and operational changes for reopening locations will be shared soon. These policies are under continuous review and are subject to change as Disney monitors conditions and receive guidance from health and government authorities.