Disney Parks Changes During the COVID-19 Reopening:
As I’m sure you’re all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has made a lot of waves across the world and in our country. Depending on where you live, there are some states that are experiencing a more significant hit than others. However, this pandemic has led to many business being shut down temporarily in order to decrease the spread of the virus. Disney Parks officially closed the magic gates on March 15, 2020 and have remained closed since.
Disney fans have rejoiced in the announcement that Disney World is reopening their parks coming in July! They will begin with opening Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11th and EPCOT and Hollywood Studios will follow soon after, opening on July 15th.
As I’m sure you can probably imagine, Disney has taken an abundance of safety measures and has implemented modifications to ensure the safety of their staff and guests amidst the reopening. What can you expect visiting Disney Parks beginning in July? I’m here to tell you!
Reservations for the park are required during the first phase of reopening. Disney will be taking reservations in three phases. Beginning June 22nd, Disney Resort guests can book reservations. Beginning June 26th, Passholders can book reservations. And finally, beginning June 28th, existing ticket holders can book reservations. Disney is not selling any new tickets in this first phase.
Enhanced Cleaning Measures:
Disney Cast Members will increase the frequency and attention to their cleaning procedures throughout the park, particularly in high traffic areas including escalators, seating, bathrooms, and tables.
There will be signage, markings, as well as physical barriers placed throughout the park to encourage social distancing and reduced contact between guests and Cast Members.
Cast Members will be wearing facial coverings at all times. Additionally, guests (ages 2+) will be required to wear facial masks at all times except when dining or swimming. The parameters for these coverings must include a tie or ear loop, and masks must fully cover the nose and mouth.
Guest may be required to undergo a temperature screen prior to entry of Disney Springs and Disney Parks. In the event of a required temperature screening, Disney Parks will use a contactless thermometer.
Events such as fireworks shows, parades, and tours have temporarily been suspended during this time as they tend to drive large crowds of people.
Character Meet and Greets:
Additionally, Character Meet and Greets have been temporarily suspended as well to avoid close contact. Characters will still be walking around the park to spread magic and cheer. Feel free to get a contactless selfie with them but be sure to remain socially distant.
Currently, dining experiences are not available and any existing dining reservations/dining plan packages have been cancelled. There is not a definitive date of when these plans will return. Any Disney guests that have already pre-paid for dining reservations or packages will be fully refunded and all packages that have not been paid for and include dining experiences will be adjusted before payment.
As of right now these are the major changes to Disney Parks that have been announced in their first phase of reopening plans. Hopefully if all goes well, the risk of the spread of the disease will decrease and things can slowly return to “normalcy”. At least all of the Disney fanatics of the world can plan to return to the parks very soon. I hope this guide has been helpful. If you have a trip to Disney planned soon, you’ll know what to expect upon arrival.