Walt Disney World Orlando finally announced yesterday its plans to reopen their beloved parks next month with a phased approach. But don’t unpack your Mickey ears just yet, because they're still waiting on the official green light from Governor DeSantis. In the meantime, Disney has also released tons of new details giving would-be visitors a sneak peek into what hitting up The Happiest Place on Earth will look like after reopening.
A return to Disney will come with some adjustments for guests. As stated on the Disney Parks Blog, to help limit crowd capacity, all Disney World parks will only be accessible by advance reservation.
New park ticket sales and hotel reservations will also be paused to allow Disney officials to focus on guests with previously existing reservations and annual pass holders first.
Guests and cast members can expect to be required to wear a facemask if they're over the age of three, get a temperature check before entering the park, and experience increased social distancing measures.
Parades, fireworks shows, and nighttime spectaculars have also been canceled for the time being to discourage gatherings of large crowds with no current estimated return date.
You’ll still be able to see all of your favorite characters around the park, but meet and greets, playgrounds and other high-touch areas like makeover stations will also be temporarily unavailable.
Disney Vacation Club resorts are also planning to open next month across Florida, sporting enhanced cleaning methods, and physical distancing rules as well.
Disney’s plans for their phased approach reopening would begin with a tentative date of July 11 for the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom, followed by Hollywood Studios and Epcot on July 15.
While these dates were already approved by the Orange County Task Force, the official go-ahead still waits on a signature from Governor DeSantis.