At last, we can celebrate because we have the first part of Disney World that will reopen. The Walt Disney World resort closed completely in March due to safety around COVID-19. Since then there have been many waiting to see just when they could enjoy some Disney magic again. Just like the rest of the state of Florida reopening is coming in small baby steps to keep everyone’s safety at the forefront. 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. So no Disney operated facilities will reopen in this first stage. The rest of the Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and resort hotels.
As Disney continues to monitor conditions, and with the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of our planning, they 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. Note that means you are expected to wear a face mask if you are going to Disney Springs.
Disney also added that they 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, they appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through this process as responsibly as we can.
Stores Reopening May 20th at Disney Springs:
- Wine Bar George
- Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream
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.
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