BREAKING NEWS: Disney World Announces Their Proposed Reopening Date and Plan

Earlier in May, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis requested that the major theme parks, including Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld, submit proposals that included their reopening plan and date for approval.

Walt Disney World

Last week, the first of these three parks, Universal Orlando, made their presentation to Florida’s Orange County Task Force, including a proposed date and plan for their reopening. This proposal was subsequently approved, with the park confirming they will be reopening to the public beginning on June 5th. Today, Disney World made their own proposal for a reopening date and plan.

In their reopening proposal made to the Orange County Task Force, Disney World proposed a phased reopening timeline with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11th, and EPCOT and Hollywood Studios on July 15th.

Magic Kingdom

Theme Park Reservation System

Disney noted that they will have soft opening preview days, with more information to come closer to the dates. Once reopened, Disney will also implement a new theme park reservation system, which will require guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance.

Shortly after the presentation, Disney released that they will be “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).

Disney Vacation Club

Read more about the temporary pause on hotel reservations and new ticket sales here!

They continued by adding that, “Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold; we’ll be reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details.”

Passholder-Exclusive Magnets 2020 Flower and Garden Festival

Click here to read more about the theme park reservation system!

Health & Safety Protocols

Disney will also be implementing numerous health and safety protocols. These will include required face masks for both guests and Cast Members (except when dining or swimming), increased physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and sanitation, and temperature screenings for both guests and Cast Members.

Photo Credit: Disney

Click here for more information on the “Social Distancing Squad” that Disney World will have at the parks!

Resort Hotels

Walt Disney World’s Disney Vacation Club resorts, as well as Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will reopen to guests on June 22nd.

Disney’s Riviera Resort is Disney Vacation Club’s newest property

Disney Vacation Club’s Vero Beach Resort, and Hilton Head Resort will open on June 15th. At this time, Disney does not have a reopening date for non-Disney Vacation Club Resorts on Walt Disney World property.

Click here to read more about the Disney World Resort Hotel openings!

No Parades or Nighttime Spectaculars

Additionally, some experiences will be modified, including no parades or fireworks. Additionally, Disney shared that some of their “high-touch” experiences “such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be in our parks to entertain and delight our guests.

Happily Ever After

Click here for more information on the temporary suspension of entertainment such as fireworks and parades!

The proposal was approved Orange County Task Force, and subsequently endorsed by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. Next, it will go forward for approval from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Last week, Universal Studios proposed a reopening date of June 5th, which was quickly approved by both Mayor Jerry Demings and Governor Ron DeSantis.

Stay tuned as we bring you all the details brought forward from Disney World’s proposal today!

Click here for ALL the details you might have missed from Disney World’s proposal presentation!

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25 Replies to “BREAKING NEWS: Disney World Announces Their Proposed Reopening Date and Plan”

  1. Vero Beach resort opening June 15 – will all amenities be available to use? pool, mini golf, kid/teen activities, bike rentals, etc? or will some stuff be unavailable at start up?

  2. I already have reservations for November2020. I hope everything is back to normal. I don’t like wearing a mask cuz all the walking is like exercise and I like to breathe.

  3. Great we are set to arrive July 12, I guess there is not much need for park Hopper pass as only 2 parks will be open. If we already have resort reservations and park passes does that count as park reservations? What will happen to the fast pass system?

    1. Hi Gerome! Disney has said they will be releasing more information on the reservation system, so we should know more information soon!

  4. We have reservations for the end of July and are debating the trip. Masks at the end of July? Reserving parks? What happens if we have FPs and ADRs for a park but cannot get the park reservation? Lots of questions and not many answers….

  5. We had a trip planned for this week, but moved it to December. As long as face mask requirements are in place and things not being open, we will NOT be going. Will not spend that kind of money and be required to wear masks and not get the full experience of Disney. May sound petty but we have saved up to take this trip and I don’t think it will be worth the visit. Hopefully by December things will be more relaxed.

    1. I’m in total agreement with you, as are, I suspect, many other folks. We have a 4-night stay booked in September, and if masks and/or attraction limitations are still a thing, I’ll cancel without a second thought.

      1. Me too. This is the third time we have rescheduled and if the mask requirement isn’t dropped by then, we will have to cancel again. So disappointed!

  6. No, not until the face mask restrictions are lifted. I couldn’t justify spending money on a vacation where I feel like I’m going to pass out from the face mask heat. I can’t wear it for more than 10 minutes in air conditioning. The Florida heat…no thank you. Please Disney, let us use our own discretion on what precautions we need to take individually.

    1. I understand your concerns about the heat and share them. However, my understanding is that masks protect others around you more than yourself. So using our “own discretion” would be saying that we each get to choose whether or not we put those around us at risk.

      1. This. So many people don’t understand the masks are to protect others from you, not the other way around. Masks limit the distance YOUR respiratory droplets travel so you are less likely to transmit virus to someone else if you are an asymptomatic carrier. If you don’t want to do it, fine, then don’t go. But how can you justify putting others at risk because you don’t want to be inconvenienced?

  7. Likely … Hotel guest staying at a WDW Resort will get priority. A/P Holders, General Admission, or other admission media would I think fall into the reservation category.

  8. People can’t abide by social distancing in daily life. How will the park enforce it there? Also, many refuse to wear masks. How will this be enforced?

  9. My oldest child just graduated HS and wanted a DisneyWorld trip as a grad gift, but I don’t see it happening without the parades, fireworks and meet-and-greets. Not to mention wearing a mask all day in the Florida heat and humidity! It’s bad enough wearing one for a few hours here in Texas.

    It’s just too expensive for reduced experience, so we’ll wait for full re-opening.

  10. Ugh. This sounds awful. I’ll wait it out. This is not a Disney experience I’d ever want to have. Masks in the Florida heat and humidity? Gross.

  11. I am of the assumption that this now means once there is approval by DeSantis trips will begin being cancelled. It is now even more pressing that guidelines for banked points that were used and will expire by 12/1 be extended for 6 months as those expiring by June 30 were. This was no one’s fault but I feel punished as DVC has told me I could put my 2018 points that expire 11/30 into RCI so I don’t loose them. I am a school teacher, my son is off to Vet School (this was his bon voyage trip) and mom is 82. I cannot reschedule till the holiday time when I have off and so does he. Not to mention the mandatory quarantine is still in effect for those from NYC. My planned trip was to end on the 13th.

    1. Hi Lauren! At this time, they haven’t released any information on the hotels. We will bring updates as soon as they do!