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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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