NEWS: Here Are All the Details You Need to Know About Disney World’s Reopening Proposal

Today, Disney World proposed their reopening date and plan to Florida’s Orange County Task Force.

Walt Disney World

The proposal will first need approval from Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, prior to moving forward to approval from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. As part of their proposal, Disney World outlined a variety of health and safety measures they would be implementing. Here are all the details you may have missed.

The health and safety measures that Disney World have proposed as part of their initial opening are similar to what is currently being implemented at Disney Springs.

Disney Springs

Reservation System

Guests who wish to visit Disney World upon reopening will need to obtain an advance reservation, seemingly similar to what we saw in Shanghai Disneyland. Exact details on Disney World’s pre-arrival reservation system will be available at a later date.

Temperature Screening

Both guests and Cast Members will be required to undergo temperature screenings upon arrival. The current temperature guidelines at Disney Springs say that anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be re-screened and, if their temperature continues to meet or exceed 100.4 degrees, they and everyone in their party will not be allowed to enter. We can expect these same protocol to be implemented in the parks as well. For Cast Members, this also will include daily at-home checks before leaving for work.

Photo Credit: Disney

Face Coverings Required for Guests and Cast Members

Another requirement that is currently being implemented at Disney Springs, and is being proposed for the theme parks is the requirement of face coverings for both Cast Members and guests. At Disney Springs, face coverings need to be worn over the nose and mouth at all times, except while sitting at a dining table. At the May 27th presentation, Disney mentioned the possibility of “relaxation zones” where guests may be able to temporarily remove their masks, but provided no further details at this time.

Molly Wearing a Face Mask in Disney Springs

Limited Capacity

There will be limited capacity at the initial opening of Disney World. Physical distancing measures will also be in place to encourage space between parties. Capacity will be limited within the in-park facilities, including attractions, restaurants, retail, and transportation. Ground markings will be placed to help promote proper distancing when queues are necessary.

Photo Credit: Disney

Contactless Enhancements

Included in Disney’s initial reopening phase will be enhancements to contactless experiences for guests. This includes contactless payments such as Apple Pay, Magic Bands, and Google Play, as well as encouraging Mobile Order. Disney will also temporarily suspend high touch experiences.

Mobile Order Pick Up

Increased Sanitation and Physical Distancing

Disney will be increasing cleaning and disinfecting procedures in high-traffic areas like elevators, handrails, benches, tables, handles, restrooms, and more. Both hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer will be available and are highly encouraged to be used frequently. Additional signage will be present to encourage frequent hand cleaning and sanitization.

Photo Credit: Disney

Temporarily Suspending Character Meet and Greets, Fireworks, and Parades

For the time being, Disney will be temporarily suspending parades, fireworks, and shows that “create crowds.” Character meet and greets will also be temporarily suspended.

Hub Crowds

Increased Signage

Disney shared a number of examples of their signage that will be present throughout the theme parks. These signs include reminders of health measurements in place, cashless payment options, and reminders of Mobile Order and other protocols to keep guests and Cast Members safe.

Photo credit: Disney

Social Distance Squad

Similar to what we saw at Disney Springs, Disney will be employing a team of Cast Members to encourage social distancing amongst guests. Disney noted the “huge success” they saw with this team during Disney Springs’ reopening, and we can expect these Cast Members to be utilized in a similar manner in the parks.

Will you be going to Disney World when it reopens? Let us know in the comments below!

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16 Replies to “NEWS: Here Are All the Details You Need to Know About Disney World’s Reopening Proposal”

  1. I had a very “unmagical” experience with Disney. We had reservations for June 2020 at a value resort (booked in January), been hanging tight waiting for the reopening to celebrate my only child’s elementary graduation. When they announced the July reopening I waited to reschedule as they said they would accommodate reservation holders before new sales. Got 3 different people on the phone to tell me UNFORTUNATELY we will not be rescheduling value resorts, if you want to reschedule you need to upgrade to a luxury resort. With the accompanying price increase. I asked if they could reschedule the tickets then and cancel the resort( since there wouldn’t be any extra magic hours anyway). No ma’am we can’t. So there went our trip….Very disappointed in how that was handled and especially sad with the rude manner of a Mr Carlton, who raised his voice to me….no magic for us value resort people I guess.

  2. I have an existing reservation in July. I’m so happy I didn’t cancel and can’t wait to experience my happy place again!

  3. I am not fine with wearing masks. It is too hard to breathe and with extreme heat and sweating could make for a soggy face covering as well as bizarre half tanned faces. Also paid a great deal of money to spend a week there and not to have half the activities unavailable. I have had to reschedule my trip twice and may end up totally abandoning it unless they refuse to return my money.

  4. I’m fine with masks. I’m not fine paying full price to take a toddler with no character meet-and-greets (which presumably also means no character meals), parades, fireworks, or play areas. I’ve got a month and a half to see if any of this changes, but if it doesn’t, our 2020 trip is getting cancelled.

  5. Wondering if we need “Advance Reservations” if we already have WDW reservations in September? I suppose we will find out.

  6. We are taking a hard look at our trip for Halloween. We are taking our entire family including 6 grandkids. Fireworks, character meets, and shows are part of the experience. Without them it’s just an amusement park like Hershey.

  7. We will be canceling our reservations if we have to wear masks as well as the characters. And no pool available in early September, no fireworks not going to happen. All 5 of us will be staying home if it doesn’t change.

  8. So excited that it looks like our July trip is on. Hoping we can use the pools, but just so excited to get back to my happy place.

  9. I’d like to know what they’re going to offer those who can’t go at all now. My reservation was June 28 through July 8. We had free dining. It is no one’s fault but they do need to offer the same deal you had to get people back. Money is definitely an issue and free dining being taken away means NO vacation for us.

  10. We have a reservation at the end of July. Do you think the pools will be operating? They are a major factor in our vacation time, especially high summer.

  11. I think face masks will become the biggest issue bc Florida heat and humidity are bad without the face masks. Wearing one in July/August may limit people’s participation and enjoyment

  12. Wondering what the comment meant about face coverings being required “on property….” Does this mean face covering will also be required in the resorts?

    1. Hi Kelly! At this time, they haven’t shared anything about the resorts, so we haven’t heard anything in regards to whether the requirements will be implemented there as well.

      1. Absolutely I will. Passholder and can’t wait to go back. Restrictions are for our safety as well as the cast members. I have no issue with any of it

      2. “On Property” means on Disney property. For example, you are staying on property if at a Disney resort otherwise you are staying “off property.” So I believe face masks will be required to be work by all guests 3 and over in all resorts “on property” and at all times you are a guest on property including the Disney grounds.