Walt Disney World Plans a Phased Reopening

💥 It’s the moment We’ve all been waiting for since the COVID-19 shutdown. Drum roll please… Walt Disney World has submitted their reopening plans to the Orange County task force planning for a reopening date of 💥

Walt Disney World is planning for a phased reopening in July with dates as follows:
7/11 Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom
7/15 Epcot & Hollywood Studios
Several days prior to 7/11 there will be cast member preview days

UPDATE: Visit THIS LINK HERE for a detailed website with all the information you will need to know about your future visit to Walt Disney World during reopening phases.

Today Jim McFee with Walt Disney World presented their reopening plan to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.

  • parades suspended
  • fireworks suspended
  • character meets suspended
  • playgrounds closed
  • water affects
  • no word on the water parks
  • There will also be no paper maps
  • No paper menus at restaurants will be available on request

It was confirmed that guests WILL need to secure a reservation in order to be able to enter the park in order to control capacity through the pre-arrival theme park reservation system. We will see how that works with guests who have a reservation at a resort.

Guest Plans:

  • Required face coverings while on property
  • Hand washing and sanitizing stations and signage reminders at appropriate locations in the theme parks
  • Plexiglas at points of sale in retail and F&B locations where distancing cannot be maintained
  • Reduced capacity of theme pars, restaurants, retail, attractions, buses, monorails and other transportation that enables appropriate physical distancing
  • Temporarily suspend parades, fireworks and other events that create crowds
  • More frequent cleaning across high touch locations and surfaces in operating areas
  • Temperature checks at Main Entrances to them parks
  • 3rd Party screening via contactless, handheld device
  • Contactless payments wtih Magic Bands, Apply Pay, Google Pay
  • Enable cashless transactions at restaurants and retail
  • Further enable mobile order at food and beverage locations
  • Temporarily suspend high touch experiences (such as met and greets and playgrounds)

Cast Member Plans:

  • Company issued reusable face coverings
  • Sanitizing stations and signage reminders
  • Enhance / modify backstage areas to enable distancing while on lunch/break periods in break room and backstage environments
  • More frequent cleaning across high touch locations and surfaces in operating areas, including control rooms, break rooms, conference rooms
  • On-Site temperature check for Cast Members in Guest-facing areas
  • Daily at-home temperature checks and health assessment prior to departing to property location
  • Enable cashless transactions at restaurants and retail
  • Temporarily suspend high touch experiences
  • Continue practice of providing individual costumes to cast members

Disney will deploy dedicated social distancing teams in each of the four theme parks. These cast members are highly energetic and engaging & will be there to enforce the new policies.

Below are screen shots of their proposed reopening plan

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