It’s been made clear during this week’s Florida task force meetings that The Walt Disney Company does not currently have any plans to share regarding the reopening of Walt Disney World Resort. This means that even though the state of Florida preps for reopening, Disney World does not yet have a reopening date.
We reported previously that Disney and Universal are the decision-makers in reopening their theme parks, and just because there are guidelines for reopening the state of Florida, that doesn’t mean Disney and Universal theme parks will reopen when Florida does.
“The document produced is simply a starting point for conversation and does not constitute any recommendation by the Task Force. These are not guidelines for the re-opening of Walt Disney World,” Walt Disney World Resort Vice President Thomas Mazloum said regarding the guidelines for reopening Florida.
During the task force meeting, Mazloum also did not want to comment on any speculation regarding the reopening of Disney World. He also said that even though Disney is currently accepting new vacation bookings for June 1 or later, that does not mean that the theme parks will be reopening in June.
His comment referred to the fact that Disney has been accepting new vacation reservations for both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California for June 1 and beyond. While many Disney fans have interpreted this as Disney planning to reopen the theme parks and resort hotels for June 1, that isn’t the case.
This also means that even though annual passholders can make FastPass selections for June, that also shouldn’t guarantee that the parks will be open by then. (But is there hope for Disney Springs? Read more here.)
Disney has consistently communicated that the parks are closed “until further notice” ever since the temporary closure was extended at the end of March. And since then, even though new vacation bookings are now accepted, that hasn’t changed Disney’s message that the parks continue to be closed at this time.
Mazloum’s comment also confirmed that right now — as of Monday, May 4, the time of this article’s publication — Disney has not yet shared a reopening date, and June 1 should not be interpreted as the reopening date just because vacation bookings can be made for June 1. During today’s meeting of Florida’s task force, Mazloum only wanted to share that Disney will be closed “until further notice” and declined to comment further.
Keep in mind that Universal Orlando Resort still has not announced a reopening date, and no other information was shared in today’s meeting regarding plans for reopening that resort. Like Disney, Universal officials have not wanted to comment on speculation. The company shared previously that they currently have no plans for reopening yet. Today, Executive Vice President of Resort Operations at Universal Orlando Rich Costales said, “To speculate anything past what we’ve announced wouldn’t be appropriate.”
Meetings of the Orange County task force have been made available via YouTube here.