Disney Announces Reopening Plans and Health & Safety Protocols

During the Orange County Task Force Meeting this morning, Disney proposed the reopening dates as well as their plan for health and safety throughout the parks, shopping and food service establishments. Keep in mind this is pending Orange County and state approval.

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Disney’s Plan of Action for Re-opening

Here are the opening dates for a phased reopening:

Magic kingdom and Animal Kingdom will open July 11th

Hollywood Studios and Epcot on Wednesday July 15th

Disney will be implementing a reservation system which will require guests to obtain a reservation for park entry. He did not elaborate on this system and stated that more details will be shared in the near future.

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Hand-Washing Stations at Disney Springs
Prior to the May 20, 2020, reopening of Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., a Disney cast member cleans his hands using a new hand-washing station installed at the shopping, dining and entertainment district. Guests are encouraged to wash their hands frequently while visiting Disney Springs. (Olga Thompson, photographer)

Capacity of the parks and restaurants will be reduced significantly to ensure safe physical distancing.

Face masks will be required for all guests as well as cast members.

Hand washing stations, hand sanitizer stations and barriers to facilitate physical distancing.

Implement more frequent cleaning protocols.

Temperature screenings will be conducted for guests as well as cast members.

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They will be temporarily suspending parades, fireworks and other events to avoid large crowds.

A cashless environment is encouraged throughout.

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Social Distance Squad comprised of highly energetic and informative cast members is being developed to inspire guests to follow the appropriate guidelines. This squad has been very effective for the opening of Disney Springs.

New Health and Safety Protocols at Disney Springs
Disney cast members in easily identifiable, brightly colored shirts will be walking throughout Disney Springs to answer guest questions about new health and safety protocols for the shopping, dining and entertainment district, which reopens May 20, 2020, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney)

Here is some signage to expect when visiting the parks.

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There was no mention of any plans for the water parks reopening.

After the presentation a member in the meeting asked about any recourse for guests that are not in compliance with social distancing and masks and Disney said so far there hasn’t been any problems at Disney Springs and the Social Distance Squad has been doing a great job encouraging guests. He did mention however that there will be establishing relaxation zones, within the parks and outside, where guests can remove their masks.

Park maps have been eliminated and guests are encouraged to use their smart phones to look at maps.



June 10th for employee appreciation day an June 11 open to the public. Here are some screenshots from the live meeting regarding their plans for when they reopen their parks.Screen Shot 2020-05-27 at 10.56.53 AM

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Stay tuned as information develops

Source: Orange County Task Force Meeting

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