Disney officially submitted a proposal for a phased reopening. Here’s the news on Disney’s plans for reopening Disney parks in phases.
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Disney had some big news this week – a proposal on how they plan to reopen Walt Disney World.
After 2 months there is a light at the end of the tunnel for Walt Disney World fans. If you are willing to be among the first to return to the Disney parks in a post-pandemic world, you may have your chance this summer. Disney officially submitted a proposal for a phased reopening and it looks like everything will go forward as planned. Here’s the news on Disney’s plans for reopening Disney parks in phases.
Reopening Disney Parks: Disney Springs and Shanghai
Last week marked a tentative opening at Disney Springs. Orlando locals visited Walt Disney World for the first time since mid-March. After more than two months, Disney started a phased reopening that continues forward as planned. The World of Disney store opened yesterday with more Disney store reopenings coming up worldwide. Shanghai Disneyland reopened on May 11 with new safety standards including mandatory face coverings and the removal of parades and fireworks from the schedule. With one resort officially open, the pressure is on for the other 5 Disney resorts around the globe. The biggest, Walt Disney World, submitted plans on May 27 to begin reopening the parks in phases later this summer.
Reopening Disney Parks: Walt Disney World
With Disney Springs filling in slowly with guests, Disney has had about a week to monitor the effectiveness of the new safety screenings and practices on crowds. While it is still too soon to observe results, the guest reaction has been positive. Encouraged to move forward, Disney officially submitted plans to reopen the Florida parks to the economic task force with which they have been working to devise a recovery plan. The proposal includes:
- required face coverings for guests and cast members
- temperature checks (You have to be below 100.5 degrees)
- reduced occupancy by 50%
- floor markings and enforced social distancing guidelines
- reduced entertainment (no parades/shows or character meet and greets)
- increased sanitation efforts
- warning signage about the inherent risk of COVID-19 exposure
- warnings of increased risk for senior citizens and guests with preexisting health problems
The proposed plan is to first open the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on July 11. Following that, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are slated to open on July 15. Disney enforces attendance limits at Disney Springs in part by controlling where you can park, which loosely determines the number of guests based on the volume of cars the lot can hold.
Reopening Disney Parks: Reservation System and New Ticket Sales
Disney is refraining from opening up their ticket booths just yet. They are prioritizing guests with existing tickets. Guests will not be allowed to purchase tickets at the park. Instead, there will be a reservation system that Disney has declined to explain in detail just yet. More information is coming soon about how the reservation system will work.
Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Passholders will also be among the first to have access to Walt Disney World once it reopens. They will be allowed to book reservations once the procedure is announced and the reservation window opens.
The changes to Disney’s health and safety practices and the opening of the parks are contingent on approval from Orange County and Florida governments. The proposed practices are subject to change as Disney continues to observe guest response in addition to applicable guidelines set forth by health authorities and government agencies.
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