Original Post Date: 5/27/2020
Updated: July 2020
Disney reopening is scheduled!
Hey Disney Moms!
I finally have some magical news that I know everyone has been anxiously awaiting to hear.
Disney has just released plans via their blog for their pending reopening.
The blog reports that Walt Disney World recently submitted a proposal to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force to gain approval on their plans.
In the proposal sent to Orange County, WDW plans to open Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on July 11, 2020.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT are scheduled to reopen on July 15, 2020.
Disney Springs has already started their reopening as of May 20, 2020.
COVID-19 Disney Regulations
Disney is working hard to make it clear that guest safety is their top priority.
COVID-19 has certainly changed the way we live our everyday lives. Face masks and social distancing have become the norm, and it looks like these practices will also be put into effect at the “happiest place on Earth”.
Here is a list of changes that Disney will be implementing upon their reopening.
1. Face masks required
For any guest – age 2 and older – you are required to wear a face mask in the theme parks and around any common areas of the resort hotels.
2. All guests and castmembers must have their temperature taken before entering the theme parks, retail or dining locations.
Prior to stepping into attractions or retail locations within The Walt Disney World Resort, all guests must have their temperature taken by a castmember to ensure that they do not have a temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
It is reported that if you or a member of your group has a temperature over that limit, they will retest you after a couple minutes, but if you still exceed the limit, you and/or that member of your group will be turned away to ensure the safety of other guests.
3. Limited park and transportation capacity
Disney plans to place a limit on how many people can ride the buses and monorails. They will also limit the amount of people inside the parks, attractions, shops and restaurants.
You MUST HAVE A RESERVATION to enter the park for the time-being.
Disney plans to manage attendance though a new “reservation system”, which means, you will have to schedule your trip ahead of time. Disney has also stated that they will not be offering any new ticket sales or new hotel reservations so they can focus on those who may have booked their visits months ago.
However, if you are a Disney Vacation Club member (DVC), they WILL allow you to make new reservations if you’re longing for a trip back to your favorite place. Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will also be able to make reservation requests before new tickets are sold, but in phases.
4. No parades or night-time spectaculars (fireworks displays)
To avoid any situations or events that could draw a large crowd in a confined area, Disney has stated that they will not perform any night-time spectaculars or parades for now.
5. No Princess/ Pirate Makeovers or Playground Access
Since these are “high-touch” experiences, Disney will be bringing back the ability for your child to get a “makeover” or play on any of the playgrounds at a later time.
6. No Character Meet and Greets
Since this is a “high-touch” experience, Disney will be bringing meet and greets back at a later time. However, Disney reassures the public that characters will still roam the park and be seen once in a while, but most likely, there won’t be any high-fives or hugs with your favorites… for now.
What Else Might Be Changing?
Additional Safety Measures
Disney will be installing Plexiglas at points of sale for retail and food & beverage locations.They will also be asking guests to adhere to physical distancing from one another while in the park by utilizing ground markings and signs as social distancing guidelines. Additionally, high traffic and high touch areas will continuously be cleaned by castmembers.
Methods of Payment
Cashless transactions will be the preferred method of payment while inside The Walt Disney World Resort. Plan to use your magic band or credit card while there.
Canceled Dining Plans
It has been widely known by guests with current reservations that Disney has been canceling dining plans as well. So, if you are in the midst of re-planning your trip, make sure to check the standing of your reservations before you go.
Disney will suspend the Fastpass system during the reopening. Many guests who have been tracking their vacation through the My Disney Experience App may have already noticed that Disney removed any pre-booked Fastpasses from their schedule. This could be a way for Disney to further regulate traffic through the attractions, or it may be a hint that Disney will be trying to update to a “virtual queue” for their most popular rides.
No Extra Magic Hours
During the initial phase of the reopening, Disney will not be offering Extra Magic Hours – which is a sad announcement for most of us Disney-lovers, but it will give the castmembers more time to clean and beautify the park so it can be just as magical and safe for the next rotation of guests.
Additional Reopening Dates
As a part of the blog post, Disney also stated that it was planning on DVC resorts in Vero Beach, FL and Hilton Head, SC to reopen on June 15, 2020.
DVC Resorts within The Walt Disney World Resort will also reopen to members and their guests, starting with Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground on June 22, 2020.
To ensure the comfort and safety of their guests, social distancing and additional cleanliness measures will be taken.
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Wife. Mom of 2. Disney Fan & Travel Expert. Kate is also a Disney Parks Annual Passholder and Disney Cruise Lines Gold Castaway Member. Kate truly loves all things Disney and enjoys sharing her experiences with others.