UPDATE: Orange County Mayor Approves Disney World Reopening Plans and Dates

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Updated 5/27 at 2:00pm EST

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has now officially approved and endorsed Walt Disney World’s reopening plans, which were presented earlier today. Demings sent a letter of recommendation and now we just have to wait for approval from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

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Attention Disney fans — Walt Disney World Resort has officially shared their reopening plans with the Florida Economic Task Force, which includes dates!

On Wednesday, May 27, the major Orlando theme park, Walt Disney World Resort, turned in its re-opening plans and presented them to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force. Along with this presentation, the Orlando theme park had to provide a re-opening date.

Here is everything we know about Walt Disney World’s reopening plans from the Economic Task Force meeting which took place on May 27:

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Walt Disney World’s Reopening Plan

Jerry Demings began the meeting by saying, in regards to the Orlando theme parks presentations, “I have had the opportunity to preview the presentations and I really look forward to the dialogue to the entire body today as we move forward.” We also wanted to note that Thomas Mazloum, Senior Vice President of Walt Disney World Resort, was present during the OC Task Force Roll Call.

Jim MacPhee, Senior Vice President of Operations of Walt Disney World, then had his time and gave the reopening presentation. He began by stating that Walt Disney World Resort theme parks will begin a phased reopening for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11 with ECPOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15. Cast Member previews will take place days before reopening to the public.

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Credit: ITM/Orlando Task Force

MacPhee then went on to discuss the health and safety protocols which includes physical distancing, enhanced cleaning, enhanced protective measures, temperature and health screenings, as well as limited-contact enhancements.

He also stated that fireworks, parades, and other similar entertainments would be paused so they can continue to manage crowds. Disney will be expanding their mobile order process across more food locations to help with contactless pay and to avoid crowds.

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Credit: ITM/Orlando Task Force

Disney will also be utilizing the new social distancing team of Cast Members across all of the theme parks. This team will be used to engage with guests as well as make sure that social distancing guidelines are followed in queues and in popular areas of the Walt Disney World parks.

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Credit: ITM/Orlando Task Force

Disney World will also post health and safety signs to ensure that guests have a clear understanding of the protocols Disney asks them to maintain throughout their experience at the Walt Disney World Resort.

These reopening plans still require approval from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Official Disney Statement

In an official Disney statement from Disney Parks News noted that due to theme park capacity Disney will manage their attendance through a new theme park reservation system which will require all guests to have a reservation in advance in order to be allowed into the park. Disney also stated that existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold. Disney will be reaching out to these guests with additional details.

Once these phases are complete, then Disney will resume new ticket sales and hotel reservations after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability. More details on the new reservation system will be available soon.

Additionally, Disney announced that Disney Vacation Club resorts at Walt Disney World will begin to reopen to members and guests along with Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground beginning on June 22.

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Information On Other Disney Parks and On Disney Springs

At this moment, the only Disney Park in the world that has officially reopened to the public is Shanghai Disneyland, which opened its gates on May 11. Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort also began its phased reopening on May 20.

If you plan on visiting Disney Springs, there are a few safety protocols that must be followed. Here are some things you may want to keep in mind before heading over:

  • Parking procedures include 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 hand washing 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. Disney owned stores reopened their doors today, May 27.

Are you excited to hear this news from Walt Disney World Resort? Let us know in the comments.

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