After closing on March 15th, Walt Disney World released their first set of plans to reopen theme parks, hotels and stores just in time for summer travelers. However, it will not be the same Disney World we know and love.
How Disney Will Reopen
Walt Disney World's Reopening Plan
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney is aware of the strict safety measures that have to be put in place for the well-being of guests and workers. To keep everyone safe, Disney has provided a phased plan of slowly reopening the Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Animal Kingdom park beginning on July 11th, while EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios will open on July 15th.
Some safety measures Disney will be partaking in are social distancing, limiting attendance, and controlling guest density, especially for events that draw a big crowd. These safety measures will be implemented by requiring guests to obtain a park entry reservation and will only be available to guests who had previously bought tickets within the time of the park closure.
Additional safety measures being implemented are the requirement of any guest above the age of three to wear a face mask at all times in theme parks and common areas of hotels and all guests and workers must have their temperature taken prior to entering each park.
Attractions That Will Remain Closed
Walt Disney World Parade
Despite the opening of the parks, hotels and stores, attractions that create highly populated crowds will still be temporarily closed. Here is a list of attractions that will not reopen in July:
- Makeover opportunities
- Character meet and greets
- Water Parks
Reactions To The Opening
BIG news announced today!! Disney plans to reopen Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11 and Epcot and Hollywo… https://t.co/7wALTXtXeo— Best of WDW (@Best of WDW)1590599598.0
Cinderella Castle 😍! Excited to hear Walt Disney World’s plan to reopen today! Wishing everyone a magical and saf… https://t.co/6sdGDazSur— EverydayDisneyMagic (@EverydayDisneyMagic)1590577622.0
✨ It’s happening! I’M SO EXCITED! Walt Disney World announced their tentative reopening plans just now. Obviously I… https://t.co/70SJRv0vHx— Heather Montgomery (@Heather Montgomery)1590593913.0
Despite the modified reopening and temporary closings, Disney World fans seem to be excited as ever about the future plans. Once the news broke out, fans immediatley took to Twitter to voice their excitement in tweets about the news. For the latest Walt Disney World content, follow them on twitter.
Walt Disney World will once be able to bring back the magic in our lives that we had temporarily lost. As we anxiously await for the opening day, check here for more updates on the reopening plans.