Disney World Reveals Reopening Plan
Walt Disney World, shut down since mid-March, has revealed their plans for reopening post COVID-19. The plans were presented along with representatives of SeaWorld during the May 27th meeting of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.
The resort is planing to open with a “staggered opening”. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom would open for guests on July 11th, while Hollywood Studios and Epcot would open on July 15th.
The parks will be the third step in reopening the Walt Disney Resort. Disney Springs opened to guests earlier in May, while plans are in place for the Disney Vacation Club properties at Walt Disney World and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground to open on June 22nd.
The precautions outlined in the plan included:
- Guests and employees will be required to wear face masks
- Guests and employees will undergo temperature screenings before entering the parks
- Park capacity will be reduced
- Events such as fireworks and parades will be suspended
- Cashless transactions will be enabled
- The number of available hand-sanitizing stations will be increased
The plan was quickly approved by Orange County mayor Jerry L Demings on May 27th. As of now, Florida’s governor still needs to approve the plan before it is put into action.
Numerous changes have been made to the ticketing process as well. These changes include:
- Park Reservations: Initially, park attendance will be managed through a new park reservation system. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date is required.
- New Ticket Sales: At this time, new ticket sales are temporarily paused. Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold. Additional details will be shared with these Guests soon. New ticket sales will resume after that period of time.
- New Disney Resort Hotel Reservations: At this time, new reservations at Disney Resort hotels are temporarily paused so we can focus on Guests with existing reservations (Disney Vacation Club Members can still make new reservations). Reservations will resume after that period of time.
Disney’s plan follows in the footsteps of Universal Orlando, which plan to open their parks on June 5th, followed by SeaWorld on June 11th.
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