More Disney theme parks announce that they are getting closer to reopening just in time for some summer fun.
All Disney properties have been closed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, earlier this week, it was reported that Shanghai Disneyland would reopen next week. Disney Springs shopping and restaurant complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida will soon follow, reopening on May 20th.
“Following the guidance of government and health officials, a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase. The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and resort hotels,” Disney Springs VP Matt Simon said in a new blog. “As we continue to monitor conditions, and with the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of our planning, we are making several operational changes. Disney Springs will begin to reopen in a way that incorporates enhanced safety measures, including increased cleaning procedures, the use of appropriate face coverings by both cast members and guests, limited-contact guest services and additional safety training for cast members.”
The news about the complex’s opening came after Disneyland updated its website to make hotel booking dates available as soon as July 1st.
In terms of social distancing practices, perhaps they will eventually follow Shanghai’s lead and practice some of the same new social distancing measures that they will put in place such as requiring pre-purchase admission tickets, no walk-ups, all guests will have their temperatures checked prior to entry, all guests and employees must wear a mask while in the park, except in the dining areas, where additional social distancing measures will be put in place.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently said it was too soon to talk about opening Anaheim and Orlando. Yet he did say that, “If we open up 50 percent less (capacity), we won’t have trouble selling that. We will staff accordingly for whatever that level will be.”
As the world makes an attempt at getting back to business? Are you ready to go out and about? What are your summer plans? Will they include taking the kids back to the amusement parks? Or, do you think that it is still too soon? Sound-off and comment below. We want to hear from you.