Details About the Reopening of Walt Disney World

Reopening Walt Disney World

When Will Walt Disney World Reopen?

Disney World Will Reopen to the Public on July 11

The first phase will allow guests into Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom

On May 27, Disney announced its proposed steps for the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort.

After reviewing experiences from the reopening of Shanghai Disney Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World® Resort, the Disney Company submitted a proposal to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force in Florida that outlined its approach for a phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort theme parks planned to begin on July 11.

Pending the approvals of Orange County and the State of Floridan approval, Disney plans to begin with opening Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park to the general public on July 11.

This will be followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15.

As is to be expected, the parks will not be operating as they did pre-covid-19.

Key Points to Note About the Reopening of Walt Disney World

  • There will be limits on attendance and controlled guest density that aligns with guidance on physical and social distancing. This means that certain experiences, including parades and nighttime spectaculars, will not be part of the initial two phases and will return at dates yet to be announce.
  • High-touch experiences, such as Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, playgrounds and character meet and greets, will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be in the parks to entertain guests.
  • With limited capacity, attendance will be managed through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. At this time, Disney has temporarily paused new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so they can focus on guests who have existing tickets and reservations.
  • Note: Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members can still make new reservations.
  • Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold. Disney noted that they will be reaching out to these guests to provide additional details.
  • New ticket sales and hotel reservations will resume after this period of time has passed.
  • Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon.

Disney Vacation Club Resorts at Walt Disney World and Beyond will Reopen

Additionally, Disney Vacation Club resorts at Walt Disney World will reopen to members (and guests) and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will begin to reopen on June 22. Disney Vacation Club resorts in Vero Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, will also open to members and Guests starting on June 15. Plans to support required physical distancing as well as enhanced cleaning measures, along with a number of other safety and cleanliness protocols, will be implemented as part of this planned phased reopening.

Face Covering Will be Mandatory for Anyone Over Age 3

Disney destinations will continue to follow enhanced safety protocols based upon applicable guidance from health authorities and government agencies. This means that Cast Members and guests 3 years of age and older will be required to wear appropriate face coverings in theme parks and common areas of resort hotels. All Guests will also undergo temperature screenings prior to entering a theme park; Cast Members will also have temperature checks. Cashless transactions are recommended, and cleaning and disinfection procedures will be increased in high-traffic areas.

Disney made a point of noting that they are doing their part to expedite the reopening and trust that guests will do their part as well to keep the resort safe for all.

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Mike Belobradic, The Finer Side of Travel™
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