This article has been updated since it was originally published to include the most recent information.
As the Walt Disney World Resort gears up for the reopening of its shopping and dining district, Disney Springs, they have shared a liability disclaimer with all would-be Guests who plan to take the risk health risk of coming back to the little corner of the Most Magical Place on Earth.
“We have taken enhanced health and safety measures–for you, our other Guests, and Cast Members. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting Walt Disney World Resort.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By visiting Walt Disney World Resort, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Let’s keep each other healthy and safe.”
Disney also sent out the alert via the official Walt Disney World app, My Disney Experience.
Disney Springs Reopening
Starting May 20, Disney Springs will begin a phased reopening. Phase one will feature several restaurants and shops owned by third-party businesses not connected to Disney. Phase two will begin on May 27 with the official reopening of World of Disney and progressive reopening of other Disney-owned establishments.
Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, also declared the entire Sunshine State would enter its “Full Phase One,” allowing, among other things restaurants to serve 50% their normal indoor capacity starting Monday, May 18.
Along with providing the disclaimer to all guests telling them they will be voluntarily assuming the risks of visiting Disney property during these uncertain times, Walt Disney World Resort has also released a guide for navigating the reopening with its new health and safety standards.
Those standards include:
- Limited self parking at only the Orange and Lime parking garages
- Appropriate face coverings required for all guests 3-years-old and older (as well as for all Cast Members and third-party employees)
- Required temperature screenings upon arrival
- Maintaining social distancing by limiting capacity on Disney Springs property as well as within each location on property
- Thorough cleanliness
- Cashless transactions
Are you planning on returning to Disney Springs right away? Were you able to acquire any dinner reservations for this week? Let us know in the comments!