On May 20, 2020, Disney Springs will be reopening it’s doors for the first time in two months.
This is the first step into not only the reopening of Walt Disney World, but the beginning of normalcy in a not-so-normal time.
Safety For All
With everything going on in the world, it has many wondering what Disney Springs will look like and feel like during this first phase.
It’s true that it will undoubtedly look (and feel) a little different at first. But, this is Disney. So, I know that the magic hasn’t gone anywhere.
Parking and Entrances
During this initial phase, self parking is available in the Orange and Lime Garages. Rideshare drop off is available in the Marketplace lot.
To help with crowd control, entrances will be located in the Orange and Lime Garages, at the Hotel Plaza Boulevard pedestrian bridge, and the ride share location.
Like other locations, Guests ages 3 and older are required to wear a face covering to cover your nose and mouth.
The only exception to this rule is when you are sitting at a Dining Table.
Additional Cast Members will be walking around Disney Springs to remind Guests of the new procedures in place.
One of the new procedures is a no-touch temperature screening.
With the heat and sun in Florida, I know that many worry that this will affect what your screening says.
Disney seems to taken this into consideration. So, any Guest who displays a temp of 100.4 degrees or higher will not immediately be asked to leave.
Instead, they are guided towards another location, where I assume they will be given a few minutes to cool down before being re-screened.
Only after failing this screening will you (and everyone in your party) will not be allowed to enter Disney Springs.
To monitor social distancing, Disney Springs will be limiting the number of Guests allowed entry into the shopping district. The number of Guests in each location will be monitored, as well.
Other physical reminders, such as ground markings and barriers, have been placed as a reminder to keep a proper distance between you and other Guests.
Clean clean clean
From my personal experience going to the Parks and Disney Springs, cleanliness is never something I worried about at Disney.
In fact, during a semi-recent trip with my family, my mom kept mentioning that even with all the Guests in the Park at that moment, there was never any trash.
Cast Members are getting additional training and information to keep up with the new cleanliness measures.
So, I have no doubt that Disney will take cleaning and disinfecting high traffic areas seriously.
Disney Springs is highly recommending the use of cashless payment options, such as debit cards, credit cards, and Disney gift cards to limit contact.
It’s likely that Guests with cash will be guided to the Welcome Center to purchase a Disney Gift Card. Luckily, they don’t expire and they can easily be reloaded for future trips.
What venues will be open for the re-opening of Disney Springs?
Many of the venues within Disney Springs are third party vendors. And without any announcement on Disney Springs’ website, we can only go with the locations that have publicly announced they will be open.
Since Disney has not released this information, I’ve had to look all over the internet for this information. Unsurprisingly, Disney Food Blog seems to have the most complete list of venues. AJ has never steered me wrong before…
Restaurants with confirmed openings
- Planet Hollywood
- Earl of Sandwich
- Chicken Guy
- Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
- The BOATHOUSE – The vintage Amphicar rides and The Boathouse Boatique will also reopen with the restaurant
- Planet Hollywood
- 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
- Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company
- The Polite Pig
- Wine Bar George
- STK Orlando
- Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
- Frontera Cocina
- Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
- Sunshine Churros
- Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream
Shops with confirmed openings
- American Threads
- Crystal Arts by Arribas Bros.
- Free People
- Pele Soccer
- Pop Gallery
- Ron Jon Surf Shop
Reopening of Disney Owned Shops
Disney has announced that we will be seeing more Disney owned shops reopening May, 27, 2020.
A few of these venues will include:
- World of Disney
- D-Luxe Burger (offering mobile order)
- Marketplace Co-op
For the most up-to-date information, please check Disney Springs’ website.
Alternatively, if your Disney trip has been cancelled and you’re wondering when you should re-book, there’s a whole post on the updates to Walt Disney World, Disneyland , and the Disney Cruise Line (including the Adventures by Disney cruises).
We recently updated the post due to extended cancellations to the Disney Cruise Line and the Free Dining promotion for impacted Guests. Information seems to be changing daily, so I highly suggest checking it out before rebooking your trip.
Also, I understand that there are a lot of questions right now. So, if your question hasn’t been answered, you’re welcome to leave a comment below or send me a private message. I will get you a personalized answer as soon as possible.
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