Hi and welcome back to KatDoesDisney! I’m excited to discuss the latest updates on the Disney Parks! I don’t know about you, but any glimmer of hope for increased “normalcy” is exciting to me. Thus, let’s talk about the Disney World phased reopening!
First, let’s start off with news from across the ocean in Shanghai Disneyland! The park finally opened after 3.5 months of being shut down due to COVID-19. Tickets sold out in just a few short minutes to visit the theme park, which is running at 30% capacity. There are, however, operational differences. Guests are required to wear face masks, pass through a temperature screening, and practice social distancing. Custodial presence is significantly increased and seen disinfecting common surfaces in the park. Hand sanitizers are available and hugs with Mickey are not allowed. These are probably good indicators of what operating status of Disney World will eventually look like. Even though this is not “business as usual,” it is a good sign that things are moving in the right direction!
Here’s a video so you can see what Shanghai Disneyland looks like operating in a post-pandemic world.
Perhaps some of the biggest state-side news is that Disney Springs will have a phased reopening on May 20th! According to the Disney Springs website:
“Disney Springs will begin to reopen in a way that incorporates enhanced safety measures, including increased cleaning procedures, the use of appropriate face coverings by both Cast Members and Guests, limited-contact Guest Services and additional safety training for Cast Members.”
In addition, it is likely they will limit the number of guests and shorten operating hours. As the reopening date approaches, it is recommended checking the website for additional information.
Disney World Resort and Theme Parks
Now down to the nitty gritty: the resorts and theme parks. Unfortunately, a specific reopening date was not announced. However, some details on what the parks and resorts will be like have been provided. The parks will open in phases with Phase 1 operating at 50% capacity and Phase 2 operating at 75% capacity. Bob Chapek, Disney CEO, stated that face masks will be required and, possibly, temperature checks. There will likely be increased use of virtual queue systems and staggered seating on attractions and shows. Restaurants will possibly have lowered seating capacities and spas (including Bibbibi Bobbidi Boutique) will incorporate new safety measures. Use of online services such as Mobile Ordering and online resort check-in will likely increase and there will be more sanitation of common surfaces throughout the day.
Currently, Disney World is accepting reservations beginning on July 1. Any reservations or tickets for dates prior to July will be canceled or refunded. See their website for more details.
That’s what we know so far about the Disney World phased reopening! Keep an eye out for a follow-up post once a specific reopening date is announced for the Disney World Resort and Parks.
Stay safe and healthy!
Until next time… Cheers!!