Today is a big day in the magical world of Disney. Disney World announced its dates for reopening and the new guidelines for visiting. It is not going to be the same experience that visitors have been accustomed to when visiting the parks. Today’s guide is what you need to know about Disney World Reopening.
Guidelines from Disney:
- Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom will be the first to reopen on July 11th.
- EPCOT and Hollywood Studios will reopen on July 15th.
- Employees and guests will be required to wear face coverings and undergo temperature screenings before entering the parks.
- Disney will reduce capacity at the parks and the resort will temporarily suspend parades, fireworks, character meet and greets and other events that create crowds.
- The resort will also enable cashless transactions by expanding contactless payments.
- Disney will also increase the number of available hand-sanitizing stations.
- Play areas will be temporarily closed in the parks and resorts.
- Advanced theme park reservations will need to be made since park attendance is going to be reduced.
There is a great quote from Robert Niles from Theme Park Insider in the CNN reopening article that I think speaks volumes. “Disney is the market leader in not just the theme park business, but in tourism worldwide,” Niles said. “It tells the industry that tourists likely will be back traveling again soon because no one draws tourists like Disney can.” My many years working in the hospitality industry can vouch for this statement as well. Disney is very innovative and cautious. They are not in this to make a quick buck and their reputation is everything. If you are planning on visiting during this phased reopening, I have recommendations to assist you to ensure that you will still have a great time.
Recommendations for Phased Reopening Disney World Visits:
- Purchase masks ahead of time. The last thing you want to do when you get down to Disney World is to be stuck searching or overpaying for a mask. It is also going to be hot so you need to keep in mind the material of your masks as well. You can purchase a big pack of disposable masks, a breathable neck gaiter, a fabric mask or these four packs of cloth masks from Disney.
- Bring Disinfectant Wipes. I personally use the Lysol travel pack when I go since it is space efficient in my bags. They are great for wiping down airplane seats, trays, bathroom handles etc. You are more likely to see these in stores than online currently. I also use Purell wipes too.
- Bring your own Hand Sanitizer. Don’t rely on just what is in the parks. Instead of waiting in line for hand sanitizer, you can be on the go with your own!
- Download the My Disney Experience App. This will allow you to mobile order meals and limit your touch encounters with other people.
- Check in to your hotel online 5 days prior to arrival. All you have to do is login to your account.
- Be fair with your expectations. This is a learning curve for everyone including cast members. It is not guest services fault that there is not any fireworks. There are people who would give anything just to be able to go to a modified Disney World park just once in their lifetime. If you are not going to be okay with a more limited experience, you need to move your trip out.
I hope this article has shined some light on the new normal at Disney World for now. There will still be Disney Magic but it will just be a little different. Make sure you follow the rules so that everyone can have a good experience. As of right now, this is what you need to know about Disney World reopening. Stay tuned for more updates!
Deciding where to stay? Check out my most recent post where I ranked Disney World’s Value Resorts!