Disney just announced that Disney Springs will begin a phased reopening beginning May 20.
According to Disney’s official statement, a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are not owned or operated by Disney will begin to reopen following the guidance of government and health officials.
At this time, Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, water parks, resort hotels, and every Disney Springs shopping or dining location that is owned by Disney will remain closed for the time being. Disney also continues to emphasize that there is no reopening date set yet for Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort.
The phased reopening of Disney Springs coincides with developments at the shopping, dining, and entertainment district on Disney World property. We have shared that reservations are available for one Disney Springs restaurant so far, and the Grapefruit parking garage is now open to Cast Members. Given the current guidelines by Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, the reopening of non-Disney restaurants and shopping locations at Disney Springs seems like an expected step in the reopening of Walt Disney World as a whole.
Here is the official announcement from Disney:
A phased reopening of Disney Springs will begin on May 20. Following the guidance of government and health officials, a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase. The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and resort hotels.
As we continue to monitor conditions, and with the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of our planning, we are making several operational changes. 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.
We will apply learnings and ideas from leaders in the health and travel industries, and we’re also talking to our unions as we prepare for some cast members to return to work.
During the initial opening phase, Disney Springs will have limitations on capacity, parking and operating hours. Given this unprecedented situation, we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through this process as responsibly as we can. Additional protocols and procedures may be announced closer to the opening date. Please check DisneySprings.com as we get closer to May 20 for the most current information on operating hours, locations and safety procedures.