Yesterday marked a major milestone for the Orlando-based Walt Disney World Resort when it’s shopping district, Disney Springs, reopened to the public. The reopening included a limited number of shopping stores and places to eat from third-party vendors. Disney will not open their managed stores or restaurants until next week.
The phased reopening requires guests to maintain social distancing as well as wearing masks. Guests also have access to sanitizing stations throughout the district and at entrances to stores and restaurants.
Disney Springs will continue to open more locations throughout the shopping district over the next several weeks. CEO Bob Chapek has said that the reopening of Disney Springs and ultimately the theme parks will be based on how well guests can follow their guidelines.
As for opening their theme parks, it’s expected that by the end of next week Disney will have submitted reopening plans to the Florida Task Force and the Governor who will ultimately decide if they can reopen.
Today, Universal Studios Orlando is expected to submit and announce their reopening plans which must include a reopening date and set guidelines to help keep guests and employees safe. Their meeting with the task force begins at 2pm EST. Park Savers will announce the details of this meeting once they are available.
Dean has been writing and blogging for over 10 years. He specializes in Disney theme park news including updates, openings, special events and general advice for travelers. He doesn’t shy away from the good, the bad and the ugly. His previous work includes being a Cast Member at Disneyland and working as a travel agent.