We recently reported that Walt Disney World Resort would soon be presenting their reopening plans to the task force sometime this upcoming week. Jerry Demings, Orange County Major, said, “Disney has given an indication that next week, they will submit their plans. And once they do, then we will schedule that for a full briefing before our Economic Recovery Task Force as well. So at this point, it’s an undefined time or date, but we do look forward to seeing that sometime next week.”
Well, now we know that Walt Disney World will be presenting their reopening plans to the Economic Recovery Task Force in a meeting tomorrow! According to a tweet from Ashley Carter, the Orange County Major, Jerry Demings, announced that Disney World will be presenting their reopening plans to the task force during a meeting tomorrow morning.
JUST IN: Orange County mayor Jerry Demings says Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will present their reopening plans to the Economic Recovery Task Force tomorrow morning.
— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) May 26, 2020
Disney also confirmed this news via Twitter. The image states “Update: Walt Disney World will submit a proposal tomorrow, May 27, to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force in Florida for a phased reopening of the resort’s theme parks.”
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) May 26, 2020
Last week, Universal Orlando presented their reopening plans to the Economic Task Force which was approved by everyone and the theme park is now set to reopen on June 5 to the public. We expect Disney World to have similar reopening plan to Universal Orlando. Some of the Universal precautions and safety protocols which were presented in the meeting last week include:
- A temperature check will be put into place upon arrival for both the team and guests before entry is allowed.
- They will provide a free, disposable mask for guests if they do not bring their own.
- Social distancing in queue lines, merchandise stores, food outlets, and more.
- Keeping a safe attendance maximum that Universal will manage.
- Reduce and/or eliminate mist elements from attractions.
- Implementation of virtual lines.
- Eliminating single rider lines.
- Elimination of post-show meet and greets.
- Restaurant menus will have single-use menus (paper). Once the guest is done with the menu, they will be disposed of.
- Touchless ordering of food and contactless payments will be encouraged. (Minimization of cash use.)
- Temperature checks and face coverings required for team members.
- Ambassadors scattered throughout the park to help encourage sanitization, hand washing, and social distancing measures.
Disney Springs reopened to the public on May 20 which also put safety measures into place, which we also expect to be included in Walt Disney World’s reopening plan. If you plan on visiting Disney Springs now that it has officially reopened, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind.
- Parking procedures including the possibility of closures of parking lots depending on capacity. Guests may only park in the Orange and Lime parking garages as all surface parking lots and valet will remain unavailable during the initial reopening of Disney Springs. You can read more about parking procedures here.
- Upon entering, all guests will undergo a temperature screening, and all guests (ages 3 and older) are required to wear face coverings.
- All entry and exit ways will have hand-sanitizing stations available for use. Portable handwashing stations have also been added throughout Disney Springs for guests to utilize when not near a restroom.
- Disney Springs has announced that, in order to keep capacity limited, even if you have an advance dining reservation, you may not be able to get in. You can read more about Disney Springs’ official statement here.
- Disney Springs will not be implementing a bag check, but there will be a temperature screening. You can read all about Disney Springs Security measures here.
- Not all of the stores or restaurants will be opened at first. However, Inside the Magic does have a complete list of all the restaurants that officially reopened on May 20th as well as all of the retailers and shops. Please keep in mind that Disney owned retail shops won’t begin to open until May 27.
When do you think Disney World will reopen? Let us know your predictions in the comments.