This article has been updated since it was originally published to reflect the latest information.
Disney Springs began its phased reopening today, May 20, and we have the details on what exactly you can and can’t do right now. Presently, there are numerous health and safety precautions, including mandatory face masks, in-place to protect both Guests and Disney Springs Cast Members.
Currently, many retail stores and restaurants, including popular establishments like Basin, The Boathouse, and The Polite Pig, are open for business with social distancing and other health protocols, such as temperature screening, in effect.
The children’s rides, such as the classic carousel and the choo-choo train attraction, are not currently operational. There is no word on when Guests will be able to use these activities.
In these photos, we see the “Sorry, We Are Closed” sign by the children’s activity area at Disney Springs with no reopening date listed.
Another popular children’s activity, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, which offers princess makeovers for girls aged 3-12 and prince or pirate makeovers for boys in the same age bracket, also remains closed for business at this time. Since the makeover process involves hairstyling and make-up application (for girls), social distancing would be difficult to enforce.
The Boathouse’s famous amphicar rides are currently up and running at the Disney World entertainment complex! To reserve an amphicar ride, visit the official reservation webpage to see available dates and times.
Employees at The Boathouse have undergone training to safely operate both the amphicars and the restaurant’s Italian water taxi while adhering to state and federal guidelines.
Also of note is the fact that Disney Springs visitors are allowed to board the Aerophile hot air balloon ride while social distancing measures are in place. Weather conditions can impact whether or not the balloon attraction is operations from day-to-day.
Drawn to Life, the first Disney Cirque du Soleil performance, was scheduled to begin previews at Disney Springs on March 20. As per the official Disney Springs FAQ page, there is no new Drawn to Life opening date on the calendar yet.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Springs also remains temporarily closed during this time. The locations at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Magic Kingdom also remain closed, as theme parks and resorts are not yet open.
We’ll continue to update this article as more information is revealed about other Disney Springs activities and attractions, such as live music, in the future.
As things begin to return to normal not only at Disney Springs, but at Walt Disney World Resort in general, Guests and Orlando locals can expect extra health and safety precautions to be the norm for the time being.
At Disney Springs in particular, new hand sanitizing stations have been added and only the Orange and Lime parking garage locations will be open. Once these two parking garages are full, no new Guests will be allowed to enter Disney Springs until parking spaces open up. This morning, for example, only the Orange garage was open, and the Lime garage did not yet open until the space was needed.
We currently have no word on when Disney World’s theme parks will reopen their gates or what regulations will be in-place on their reopening dates.
Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for more information about when Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will reopen. We will also, of course, bring you the latest Disney Springs news as it breaks.
What do you think about what you can do and what you can’t during the Disney Springs reopening week? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!