It is the announcement that we have been waiting to hear since March 13th… The Disney World Theme Parks are reopening.
Disney World announced today and released plans to Orange County’s economic recovery task force regarding the reopening of all four Disney Theme Parks.
In this presentation, Disney announced that Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom would be reopening on July 11. Epcot and Hollywood Studios will follow a couple of days later on July 15. Parks will be at a very limited capacity and you will need to have reservations along with your park tickets to enter any of the theme parks. As with Disney Springs, temperature monitoring will take place and anyone with a temperature above 100.4° and their party will not be allowed to enter the gates. Disney also introduced signage that will be installed within the parks to promote hand washing and social distancing. They also will be promoting non-contact payment methods such as the MyDisney app or MagicBands but did not say if they will totally prohibit cash transactions.
As of right now, Disney has not mentioned how they will distribute the reservations for entrance into the theme parks. I also hope that they will be making a statement regarding how the FastPass+ system will work during the opening and if they will be using Virtual Queues as with “Rise of the Resistance” in Hollywood Studio. Also, I am assuming that the Water Parks will remained closed for the time being… When would they reopen.
There are still so many questions that need to be answered by Disney, but at least at this point, we have a date in which the parks will officially reopen to the public.