Disney World reopening: who, when and from where can I visit?
As many states keep reopening their economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, Disney World has announced its plan to open as early as 11 July.
Walt Disney World has presented a reopening plan for its Florida parks on 11 July along with the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom amid the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. The amusement park has been shut down for months due to the outbreak and for that reason the experience at the park will have to change.
“Cast members will work with guests to make the experience as real, and as magical, as possible. We hope everyone will do their part to bring the magic of Disney World back into this new environment,” said Jim MacPhee, Senior Vice President of Operations.
In the plan presented by Disney there are two phases of reopening the park. First they will open the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on 11 July, while EPCOT and Hollywood Studios will open a few days later on 15 July.
New protocols while visiting the park
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and in order to stop the spread as much as possible, Disney will give temperature checks to all guests and cast members prior to entering the park. They will also require the people who work at Disney to check their temperatures before leaving their place of residence to make sure they don’t have a fever.
Face masks will be required at all times by guests and cast members aged three and older while Disney also said that the cast members will be constantly reminding guests to practice social distancing.
Now in order to attend the park people will need to make a reservation in advance in order to control capacity.
“At this time, we are 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,” Walt Disney World informed through a press release.
As a result of limited capacity, Disney has decided to cancel all current dining and special experience reservations through to the end of the year. Their plan is to reopen dining and experience bookings closer to the parks reopening, in a smaller capacity. Also it was stated that they have moved from a 60-day reservation booking window to 180-days.
As a health precaution there will be no meet-and-greets, parades or firework shows until further notice. Also water areas will remain closed as well as interactive play areas. All this measures should remain in place until at least the end of 2020.