We finally have a definitive date for the opening of Disney World!
July 11th is the big day!! YAY!! Plan your vacations now.
The Most Magical Place on Earth is about to open its doors once again to the public. According to a presentation the company made to an economic recovery task force Wednesday, they are going to start with opening two parks on July 11th: Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
They will follow, 4 days later, on July 15th, with opening Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Of course, there ARE rules that come with attending the parks when they open, and I’m okay with that. They are just trying to keep COVID-19 away from the public, and keep things as safe as possible. I applaud them for always going that extra mile, and making the hard decisions that might not be the most popular.
Just like with Shanghai Disneyland opening in May, there will be similar guidelines implemented at Disney World.
The parks will operate with a lowered capacity allowance. There will also be required face masks of all guests and cast members. Be prepared for temperature checks before you enter the parks, and if you have a fever, prepare to be turned away.
There will also be heavy cleaning and sanitization procedures in place, to keep the germs at bay as much as possible.
The big thing on everyone’s minds are character meet-and-greets. People have wondered how it’s going to work, if face masks are required. We finally have an answer — they AREN’T going to happen. Anything that draws a crowd — parades, fireworks, character meet-and-greets — they have been suspended for the near future.
Everything we’re doing during this unprecedented time is in service of our guests, our cast members and our third-party operating participants, who will also be following these new guidelines in their locations.Matt Simon, Representative for Disney
We are constantly monitoring conditions and best practices, and we continue to learn every day from health and government authorities. As a result, our operational changes and safety measures may change from time to time as circumstances evolve. We want to deliver all the Disney magic you know and love with safety, as always, our top priority.Matt Simon, Representative for Disney
As we previously reported, Disney Springs started opening on May 20th. Although they faced some angry backlash about the public having to wear face masks, most people have been pretty cool about the whole thing, even posting happy pictures on Instagram, glad that they just get to be at Disney World again.
Other Florida theme parks are beginning their opening procedures in June, with Universal Studios opening June 5th, with pretty much the same guidelines in place as Disney. Be prepared for lowered capacity, face masks, temperature checks, and lots and lots of cleaning and sanitizing.
Have a glorious time visiting the Orlando area theme parks again, and I better see all those pictures on Instagram!