Walt Disney World has presented their reopening plan to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, revealing that their planned reopening will take place in phases starting on July 11. The Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are scheduled to reopen on July 11. Epcot and Hollywood Studios are scheduled to reopen on July 15.
Guests planning to visit the theme parks will need to secure reservations before heading to the parks. Disney said that details regarding the advanced reservation system will be outlined in the near future.
In Disney’s reopening plan, they stated that capacity will be limited, guests and cast members will wear masks, temperature screenings will take place, cleaning protocols will be enhanced and contactless payments will be encouraged. No parades or fireworks shows will be held to prevent guests from grouping together.
Disney mentioned that “relaxation zones” are being discussed to give guests a place to take a break and remove their masks. Additional details on this idea will also be released in the near future.
Note that Walt Disney World’s resorts and water parks were not covered in the presentation. Disney appears intent to take a more gradual and cautious reopening approach compared to some of the other Florida theme parks. That’s expected due to the massive size and infrastructure that makes reopening Walt Disney World far more complicated than Universal Orlando or SeaWorld.
Disney will release additional information in the near future as we approach the July 11 reopening date for the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.