As annnounced today, by Matt Simon VP of Disney Springs, in a post on the Disney Parks Blog.
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. The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and resort hotels.
As we continue to monitor conditions, and with the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of our planning, we 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.
We 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, we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through this process as responsibly as we can. 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.
Our Favorite Things To Do, Eat and Shop At Disney Springs
When one thinks of Disney World, the first things that come to mind are the theme parks. And that’s not surprising, considering there are six in total (including the two water parks). But what about the electrifying entertainment district Disney Springs? Does it get enough attention? We’d like to think so. But we’re going to talk about it anyway because we love it that much!
It may not have any attractions of its own, but that doesn’t mean there’s no adventure to be had. After all, it’s just as lively and as thrilling as the parks. So let’s talk about what some of our favorite things to do at Disney Springs are. Whether it’s eating, shopping or playing, the hustling and bustling ‘hub’ of Walt Disney World Resort really does have it all.
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6. AMC Disney Springs 24 –West Side
If you have some time on your hands after a day exploring the parks, then it’s time to shake off the sun, sit back, and enjoy a movie with your loved ones at AMC Disney Springs 24. You don’t want to spend your entire evening doing even more walking, right? Exactly. It’s the perfect place to put your feet up without missing out on the action.
While there are countless restaurants and entertainment venues in the district, AMC Disney Springs 24 has it all. Enjoy the latest blockbuster in luxurious comfort and with state-of-the-art visuals and surround sound, and order food and drinks directly to your seat. What more could you possibly want from your theater experience?
5. The LEGO® Store – Market Place
Head over to Disney Springs’ very own LEGO® Store at Market Place before February 2 to create your own custom minifigure. You’ve spent all day building your own adventure in the parks, and now it’s time to build your very own character – literally! Or you can simply browse all the other wonders of Lego (and believe us, there are plenty).
Sure, there are over 100 shops in the district to choose from, but seeing as you only have limited time to build your own minifigure, we thought the LEGO® Store might be a fitting ‘piece’ for this article! It’s also a great place for the family to ‘re-connect’. Okay, we’re all out of puns here.
4. Splitsville Luxury Lanes – West Side
Arguably one of the most entertaining venues in the district, Splitsville Luxury Lanes offers all-round fun for the family, from great food to retro music against a backdrop of 30 bowling lanes. Not much of a player? Don’t worry – if you pay close attention to most people around you, you’ll realize that nobody is!
You’ll want to wipe your hands before each roll of the ball, though, as you tuck into mouth-watering pizzas, delicious burgers and excellent sushi. Just take note that Splitsville Luxury Lanes requires separate booking, as does its in-house dining experience. This joint is right up your alley – or lane!