Walt Disney World Proposed Reopening Dates Announced

Mark your calendars: Walt Disney World has shared proposed reopening dates for its parks as well as some of its resorts.

Walt Disney World has shared that it will continue its phased reopening. Attention now turns to the resort’s theme parks.

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Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort (Courtesy Walt Disney World)

Jim McPhee, Senior Vice President of Operations for the resort, offered plans via a Zoom call with Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.

Proposed Reopening Dates for Walt Disney World

To move forward, the company plans to reopen its parks in two phases. Phase one includes Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on July 11. Next, phase two will include Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT on July 15.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios will reopen on July 15, along with EPCOT. (Courtesy Walt Disney World)

To begin the process, the company states that it will hold soft openings for employees and annual pass holders prior to opening to the public.

Last week, Walt Disney World began its phased reopening last week as it welcomed guests back to Disney Springs. Check out our previous post for more details on the opening protocols for guests, including where to park and what other requirements that you must follow to visit.

WDW Reopening Signage

Signage for safely reopening disney. (Courtesy Walt Disney World)

Walt Disney World Reopening Details

As Disney continues its phased approach to reopening, here are a few main details guests need to know.

  • Park capacity will be significantly limited. Disney plans to manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system. As a result, all Guests must obtain their reservations in advance.
  • The company requires both Guests and Cast Members to wear masks.
  • Guests and Cast Members will be subject to temperature and health screenings, similar to Disney Springs.
  • New signage will encourage physical distancing. See the above photo for examples.
  • Cast Members will conduct additional cleaning of high-touch surfaces.
  • Disney is temporarily pausing character meet and greets. However, the company plans to have characters out and about in the parks.
  • In addition, play areas will be closed. Makeover experiences, such as Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will also be unavailable to begin.
  • The parks will also temporarily discontinue parades, fireworks and other events that encourage crowds.
  • Encouraging cashless and touchless interactions.

Additionally, Disney has announced that certain resorts will also begin reopening on June 22. These include Disney Vacation Club resorts and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground at Walt Disney World.

Further, Disney’s Vacation Club resorts in Vero Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, are slated to reopen one week prior to that on June 15.

The plan to reopen the Walt Disney World Resort was approved by the Task Force.

Yesterday, Orange County officials inspected both the resort and found that the properties were ready to implement the changes needed to reopen safely.

This is a developing story and more details may be added.

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