Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will begin a phased reopening starting on May 20 after the resort closed indefinitely in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a post on the Disney Parks Blog by Matt Simon, vice president of Disney Springs, “a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase.” In the last month and a half, Disney has given very little information about the reopening of its international resorts, but this week, fans of the theme parks can finally begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
There will be a number of operational changes as Disney Springs uses new health and safety procedures to protect guests when it reopens. These safety measures include the use of face coverings by guests and cast members, increased cleaning, and new training for cast members.
Disney Springs will be operating with limited capacity, parking, and operating hours, and these protocols may change depending on the ever-evolving circumstances. You can find further updates on the Disney Springs website — be sure to check the site if you plan to visit.
The rest of the Walt Disney World Resort, including the theme parks and hotels, will stay closed, according to the latest announcement. Currently, there is no reopening date set for the theme parks — according to the Disney website, they will remain closed until further notice.
This news comes just days after Disney announced the reopening of Shanghai Disneyland, set for less than a week away on May 11. When it reopens, this park will use a number of new health protocols, including temperature checks, limited capacity, and social distancing guidelines. This week, Disney also released a number of similar potential health and safety procedures that Disneyland and Walt Disney World may use upon reopening. While we don’t know when it will happen, it’s almost certain that reopening day at the “Happiest Place on Earth” will be unlike anything we’ve experienced at the parks before.
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