As Covid-19 continues to keep Walt Disney World closed, Disney fans can rest assured that the doors to the beloved theme parks will open in due time. With the phased reopening of Shanghai Disneyland on May 11, Walt Disney World visitors should be hopeful for an eventual reopening of the Florida theme parks as well. Here is the latest news on the park and resort closures, potential opening plans, and updates on how Disney plans to handle the pandemic in the parks.
A Positive Sign: Disney Springs to Begin Phased Reopening on May 20th
A positive sign for the rest of the parks, Disney Springs will begin a phased reopening of third-party owned shopping and dining experiences. According to the park website, Disney Springs will open in a way that incorporates enhanced safety measures, including increasing cleaning and both cast members and guests wearing facial coverings. There will be limitations on capacity, parking, and operating hours as well.
Disney Theme Parks Still Closed – Officials Exploring a Phased Reopening
Disney is looking at plans to reopen, including a gradual reopening and/or a partial reopening to start at the theme parks. Some measures to be put in place include physical distancing and capacity measures, aided by the Disney Parks App or through virtual queues at the Walt Disney World. To deal with guest density issues in all areas of Walt Disney World, the theme parks and resorts will likely have guest capacity measures put in place to comply with state and federal guidelines.
Sanitation will also be improved, particularly in high-traffic areas. Some screening and prevention measures have already been implemented, including adding hand sanitizing and washing stations across the resorts. Finally, Disney’s cast members are being provided new training and reinforcement for any future reopening.
Need to Adjust Travel Plans? Disney World Has Got Your Back
If you’d already booked and planned on a Disney World vacation, guests can modify their existing travel dates. Unexpired multi-day theme park tickets with unused days or date-specific theme park tickets with a valid use period beginning March 12, 2020 through the closure will automatically be extended to use any date through December 15, 2020.
If you are unable to visit by December, guests may apply the value of their ticket towards the purchase of a future ticket. Disney is also waiving Disney-imposed change and cancellation fees up to the date of check-in for reservations with arrivals through June 30. Guests may also make new reservations for the date of July 1 and later.
These updates provide a glimmer of hope for those of us who can’t wait to get back to the Walt Disney World, and give an idea of how the parks will likely be a whole new world!