100,000 Disney employees have been furloughed due to the current pandemic. Now, they are starting to go back to work — and what better place to return that the Most Magical Place on Earth?
Disney Springs is set to begin a phased reopening on May 20. Beginning that day, restaurants and retail locations that are not owned or operated by Disney will begin to reopen.
A new report by the Orlando Sentinel states that around 120 Disney World custodial Cast Members are getting called back to work as Disney Springs prepares for reopening to the public.
“It’s great. We’ve got to start somewhere,” said Eric Clinton, president of the union Unite Here 362, which represents some Walt Disney World Resort employees. “Custodian work, as you can imagine, will become quite important.”
Clinton also said that Disney and union leader plan to meet regularly to discuss any safety concerns that arise with Disney Springs reopening. He said, “If there’s a company that’s going to get it right, Disney is the company to do that.”
The Sentinel reports that Disney will be providing masks for custodial workers to wear. All Disney Springs guests will also be required to wear masks, and social distancing policies will be in place when the shopping, dining, and entertainment district reopens on May 20.
So far, it has come to light that Wine Bar George, STK Orlando, and Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill will all be opening next Wednesday when Disney Springs reopens to the public. You can view their operating hours and make a reservation using OpenTable. As we continue to approach reopening day, more and more restaurants reveal that they will be reopening their doors and welcoming guests (although health and safety guidelines will apply).
Disney Springs is set to reopen next Wednesday. At that time, Disney-owned business will not be reopening. There is still no word on an official reopening date for the rest of Walt Disney World Resort.
We continue to stay up-to-date with Walt Disney World as it slowly begins to reopen. The latest information about Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort reopening comes from Bob Chapek, which you can read here.