With states now in the process of phased reopening, fans everywhere rejoiced at Disney’s reopening plans for its parks, hotels, and entertainment districts. Following the successful reopening of Shanghai Disney Resort and park in May, the first park to shutter its doors, has given the company a trial run of how to safely reintroduce guests to their facilities while complying with local ordinances and, of course, preventing the spread of COVID-19. So far this has included new temperature checks before entering the park, increased sanitation, and of course, the ubiquitous face mask.
Parks and Entertainment Districts
Disney has since reopened shopping and dining district Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort and announced plans to open Disney World’s gates to the public starting July 11. However, this excludes Epcot and Hollywood Studios, which won’t reopen until a few days later on July 15.
In addition, be prepared that you won’t be getting the full Disney experience, as parades, fireworks, and other entertainment will be temporarily suspended to discourage social gathering. This includes character meet-and-greets, so if your little one has their heart set on it, it’s best to wait until it’s phased back in. We would also expect pin trading to be off-limits for now. What you will see is even more contactless options such increased mobile ordering and reduced park capacity through an advanced reservation system in addition to the efforts already being implemented at Disneyland Shanghai.
Resorts and Hotels
As for Disney’s resorts and hotel accommodations, new guidelines have also been announced as part of Disney’s reopening plans. New safety measures include:
- Online check-in services
- Increased cleaning in high-traffic areas
- Increased hand sanitizer locations
- Reduced capacity at restaurants, public areas, and amenities
- Contactless services such as Mobile Order, cashless options, and Magic Bands
- Select amenities cleaned and wrapped (ie. remote control)
Disney’s Vacation Club properties at Disney World will reopen on June 22, and those in Vero Beach, Florida and Hilton Head, South Carolina reopen June 15.
Stay tuned for more updates on Disney’s reopening plans, which should hopefully include Disneyland as California enters into phase 3.