Walt Disney World has just announced its plan for a phased reopening of its theme parks.

On May 27, Jim MacPhee (Senior VP of Operations at Walt Disney World Resort) made the virtual presentation laying out the initiatives to reopen in a safe manner.

The plan targets July 11 as the opening date for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Park. Epcot and Hollywood Studios are slated to open on July 15th.

Disney’s proposal has already been approved by the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.  There are now seeking approvals from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings

How Disney World Resort Reopens in July 2020

The proposal for reopening laid out several phases.  Again, the plan is to open Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11th and Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15th. In order to accomplish this feat, Disney has many park alterations and new guidelines in place. These include:

  • Reservations for park entry will be required in order to limit capacity.
  • Physical distancing measures will be in place for guests and cast members and face masks will be required.
  • In areas were distancing is not an option, Disney will install plexiglass.
  • Cast Members and Guests will have their temperatures checked before entering the park.
  • Disney is encouraging cashless payments and mobile food ordering.

To facilitate and enforce these guidelines, MacPhee stated that there will be a “social distance squad” in the parks. He stated that they’re a “dedicated team of highly energetic and informative cast members” who encourage guests to follow the appropriate rules. These new Cast Members have already begun their work at Disney Springs with great success.

In an effort to foster social distancing practices, Disney is proposing to temporarily suspend parades and firework shows.  In addition, character meet-and-greets will be suspended and playgrounds will also be closed for the time being.

Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, stresses that the company is doing the best they can, considering the circumstances.  “It’s going to take some patience,” he stated, “on the side of our guests.”

Across town, Universal Orlando Resort has approval in place to begin its reopening on June 5.

Thanks for reading our Disney World reopens July 11th blog post. Stay tuned for any developments!

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