Walt Disney World closed it’s doors for temporary back in March earlier this year due towards the COVID-19 pandemic as many Disney Parks fans were wondering of when they will able to return back towards the magic. Well today from, the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force’s meeting today as the plans were “submitted” towards Orange County Mayor Demings for his approval and the final approval for Florida Governor DeSanits will make it official for when Disney can reopen up their theme parks and selected hotel resorts in phased operations.
Disney made the decision to reopen up Walt Disney World on two separate dates for it’s four theme parks which will be Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on July 11th, then followed up on July 15th for Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. As these are the proposal plans for both state and Orange County’s approval to commence these phased reopening dates. Cast members have been called back towards work as they will be focusing park operations in “protecting the magic” in providing health and safety guidelines for them and guests.
Universal Orlando made the announcement last week as they will be reopening up towards the public on June 5th and same rules apply for local and state health and safety guidelines for all of their theme parks including Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay. Universal Orlando’s CityWalk opened prior with limited businesses earlier this month.
The plans that Disney is moving forward with Walt Disney World as the parks will be limited guest capacity and density that applies for social distancing in which means “parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. In addition, “high-touch” experiences such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be in our parks to entertain and delight our guests. “
Jim MacPhee, Senior VP of Operations at Walt Disney World also addressed at the meeting today towards the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force and that guests can able to enjoy “relaxation zones” to safely remove their masks for a short period of time.
The big takeaway that guests need to know will be “booking a new theme park reservation that will require all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance” and ” “temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so we can focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations (Disney Vacation Club members can still make new reservations). Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold; we’ll be reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details. We will resume new ticket sales and hotel reservations after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon.”
For anyone who is a Disney Vacation Club member for DVC Resorts at Walt Disney World will reopen up towards members and guests “including Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground” that will reopen up on June 22nd. Disney’s Vero Beach, Florida and Hilton Head, South Carolina will also reopen up towards guests and members on June 15th. Same measures for social distancing, health and safety guidelines and cleanliness protocols will be implemented just like the theme parks.
Some of the “similar” protocols follow up from Shanghai Disneyland’s reopening as both guest and cast members will undergo temperature checks before park entry, guests who are ages 3 years and older will be required to wear masks for the theme parks and common areas of resort hotels. Cashless transactions are recommended, and cleaning and disinfection procedures will be increased in high-traffic areas.
Here’s some of those new health and safety protocols provided down below:
Stay posted as we will provide you the latest updates from health and government officials as these new guidelines and protocols are still under review for Walt Disney World. For everything Disney Parks & Resorts and all other themed entertainment news, keep checking back here at SkywalkingAdventure.com.