We Are at Disney Springs’ for the First Day of Reopening — Here’s What It’s Like!

Earlier this month, it was announced that Disney World’s dining and shopping complex, Disney Springs, would begin a phased reopening starting today, May 20th.

Disney Springs

Today we’re visiting Disney Springs for its first day of being reopened. From health and safety screenings to what was open, stay tuned with us as we take you through everything you need to know about Disney Springs’ reopening!

Parking and Entry

For any guests that are visiting, there are some pre-cautionary measures in place at Disney Springs. Currently, all surface parking lots are closed, so guests are directed to park at the Orange and Lime garages. Disney Springs has also limited guest entryways to four locations — the Orange and Lime garages, the Hotel Plaza Boulevard Pedestrian Bridge, and the ride share location.

Entrance to Orange Garage

When we got to the complex, any guests who arrived at Lime Garage were being directed to Orange Garage to park, as they were trying to fill one garage at a time.

Orange Garage

Click here to read more about the parking and logistics of our first day back at Disney Springs!

Temperature Screening

At these entry points, guests must undergo temperature screenings to enter Disney Springs. According to the Disney Springs website, “any guest with a a temperature of 100.4 F or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance.” When you park, you’ll notice signs directing you to a temperature check.

Temperature Screening Sign

Another new sign you’ll notice as you walk in is a health warning sign, outlining that you must require all posted instructions while visiting.

Health Warning Sign

As you approach the temperature check, you’ll notice floor markings telling you where you can and cannot stand, promoting physical distancing between guests.

Temperature Check

Another health screening Disney Springs is implementing, similar to Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, is the requirement of face coverings for all guests ages three and up, with multiple Cast Members telling us there are no exceptions when it comes to entry. When we asked whether Disney Springs was providing masks for those who did not bring them, we were told that they would not be providing masks.

Health and Safety Sign

Click here to read more about the temperature screening process at Disney Springs!

Additional Health & Safety Protocol

In addition to taking guests temperature and requiring face coverings to be worn, Disney Springs has also increased cleaning and sanitation, adding in hand sanitizer dispensers, as well as hand-washing locations around the area.

Hand Washing Station
Hand-Washing Station
Hand-Washing Station

We also noticed that all of the trash cans have had the flaps removed.

Disney Springs Trash Can

There were also plenty of Cast Members on hand to help out with any questions that visitors might have. Molly also spotted a few Disney Ambassadors over by the Polite Pig!

Molly with Disney Ambassadors

We also saw a larger amount of cleaning and sanitation happening for frequently touched areas, such as the escalators.

Escalator Cleaning

Click here to read more about the health and safety protocols being implemented at Disney Springs!

Restrooms

Along with the health and safety precautions, small updates have also been made at the Disney Springs restrooms. Outside each restroom, you’ll find a sign that asks guests to maintain physical distance at all times.

Disney Springs Restrooms

Inside the restrooms, not much has changed, but you will notice a new addition of signs above each sink reminding guests to wash their hands for the recommended twenty-seconds.

Disney Springs Restrooms

Shopping

While we knew which stores were confirmed for reopening prior to today, we were able to stop by to see what the current protocol in place was for each. One thing we noticed for each of the stores were floor markings in front, marking one side as an entrance, and one as an exit to control the flow of guest traffic.

Tommy Bahama Store

Additionally, many stores have taped markers set up outside, requesting that guests stand on certain spots to make sure they are maintaining proper distancing from one another.

World of Disney

For stores that wouldn’t be opening today, there were signs in the window telling guests they would be closed.

Store Closed Sign

When stores did start opening for the day, they were operating at limited capacity, so guests were asked to wait on taped markings to form a line outside until it was their turn to be let in.

Vera Bradley Line

These markings continued inside the stores as well, where you were asked to stand on specific marked spots in line to maintain the recommended physical distance between other guests.

Basin Line

Some other notable changes in select stores were both recommendations or, in some cases, requirements, for cashless payments only. One of the spots where this was a requirement was at Ron Jon Surf Shop.

Ron Jon Surf Shop

While World of Disney won’t be reopening until next week, Disney Springs is already preparing for the massive store’s opening!

World of Disney

Outside the doors, there were not only markers for maintaining physical distancing, but also clearly marked entrance and exit doors to help control the flow of traffic when the fan-favorite location does open.

World of Disney

Over at Uniqlo, the apparel store made ample use of signage, encouraging guests to use mobile checkout and self-bagging.

Uniqlo

There was also a spot specifically for online order pick-up, so guests could order something online and pick it up right in store.

Online Pick Up at Uniqlo

We were also surprised to see that, unlike Universal CityWalk, very few stores were selling face masks as an option. One exception to this was Vera Bradley, who were selling face masks for $8 each.

Vera Bradley Face Masks

Click here to read more about our experience at the stores throughout Disney Springs!

Joffrey’s Coffee

One of the most asked questions we had going in to the day was what it would be like to pick up food or drink meant to be carried around Disney Springs.

Joffrey’s Line

Molly picked up a Mickey screen-printed coffee at Joffrey’s, where the store was implementing a number of health and safety procedures.

Joffrey’s Coffee

You can read all about our experience at Joffrey’s Coffee here!

Restaurants

Currently, a variety of third-party Quick Service and Table Service restaurants are open, implementing limited capacity and distancing between tables. Restaurants like Frontera Cocina implemented a digital menu, where you could scan a QR code to receive a copy of the menu on your phone.

QR Code Sign at Frontera Cocina

Additionally, they were also using one-use paper menus.

Frontera Cocina Paper Menu

At Wine Bar George, they were also implementing digital menus, using the same QR code system.

Wine Bar George

Polite Pig also had the option for both tangible menus, as well as digital menus through a QR code.

The Polite Pig

Over at the Boathouse, the restaurant also made use of their outdoor seating!

Truffle Fries at The Boathouse

At Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, the restaurant noted that certain tables should not be used as a way of making sure diners kept their distance from one another.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

The restaurant also gave each table their own water to pour, so they could replenish without the use of a server.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

STK was another restaurant that made use of outdoor seating, providing one-time use paper menus, with a limited selection of offerings.

STK

Interestingly, the menu also featured a few “Ready to Make Dinner Packages” to bring home with you as well.

STK Take Home

Click here for a look at what it is liking dining right now in Disney Springs!

We will be updating this post throughout the day, so stay tuned as we bring you more from the first day back at Disney Springs!

Will you be visiting the newly reopened Disney Springs? Let us know in the comments.

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6 Replies to “We Are at Disney Springs’ for the First Day of Reopening — Here’s What It’s Like!”

  1. This is the most important question. Where did Molly get her Woody & Buzz Face Mask. My daughter, like Molly is a huge Buzz Fan. Any Information would be helpful. Our trip got rescheduled to the end of August. And I would like to surprise my daughter with one. Thank you.

  2. You know what I think is sad. A sign has to be posted in the restrooms reminding everyone to wash their hands. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen people in a park restroom walk out without washing their hands. I seriously doubt these same people would do it even with today’s issues and a sign.

  3. Was there to eat at T-Rex for lunch. About 1/3 of all people are constantly touching their masks which is funny to see.
    I have a hearing impairment and didn’t realize how much I read lips until I couldn’t do it. So be aware of this in an environment where everyone is required to wear a mask.

    1. Like Scminter, I have a hearing impairment as well, which generally I don’t notice. I subconsciously read lips to “fill in” what I don’t hear clearly. Didn’t realize how bad it was until all this started and I am having to guess what various people are asking me. Pizza counter person with pen hovering over the order sheet mumbling something … “oh, you need my name for the order?” (because I know from previous visits that’s the first thing they always write down). I can’t do masks, so won’t go unless they acknowledge medical exceptions. There’s less than 1% of the general population walking around unknowingly asymptomatic anyway (assuming 75% of those that currently have it are asymptomatic, so haven’t been tested), so there really isn’t a risk. However, it would be nice if the affect of masks on the hearing impaired community was acknowledged and/or a workable solution was readily presented.