Disney Springs, Phase 1, Re-opens Today!

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It’s a warm day today!


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Phase 1 of Disney Springs’ reopening begins today, May 20th!

According to Disney, “On May 20th, Disney Springs will 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.”

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May 20, 2020: The Boathouse reopens.

Dining – Where to eat starting on May 20th

4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza


Chicken Guy!

Earl of Sandwich

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC

Frontera Cocina

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

Paradiso 37 Entertainment

Planet Hollywood

The Polite Pig

STK Orlando

Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs Marketplace

Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs West Side


Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

Wine Bar George – A Restaurant & Bar

YeSake Kiosk

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Disney Springs map.
World of Disney won’t reopen until next week.

Shopping – Where to shop starting on May 20th


The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group


Chapel Hats

Columbia Sportswear

Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers

Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear

Free People

Happy Hound

Lucky Brand

Luxury of Time by Diamonds International

Pandora Jewelry

Pelé Soccer

Pop Gallery

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Royally Yours by Arribas Brothers


Savannah Bee Company

Sosa Family Cigars

Sugarboo & Co.





Vera Bradley


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Disney Springs COVID-19 warning

Read more:  Disney Springs Reopening

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Six new health guidelines.

Disney Springs will have guest capacity limitations to reduce sidewalk crowding as it reopens, as well as reduced parking and operating hours.

face masks
Face masks are required at Disney Springs starting today Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

Limited Contact

Some new protocols have been put in place to help keep guests and cast members safe during this time, including:

Face Coverings: All guests ages 3 and older, cast members and operating participant employees are required to wear an appropriate face covering (face mask). Guests must bring their own and wear them at all times, except when dining. Disposable masks may be available, but those without masks will not be allowed to enter Disney Springs.

Physical Barriers: Physical barriers have been added in select places where it is difficult to maintain strict physical distancing guidelines. You might seen them in areas around cash registers or at Guest Relations.

Cashless Transactions: It is recommended that all guests use cashless or contactless payment options, like credit cards, debit cards, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Rewards Redemption Cards, and mobile wallets like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.

Physical Distancing and Capacity Measures

To implement physical distancing guidelines based on recommendations from health authorities and government officials, the number of guests and cast members in a location at any given time will be limited.

Other measures to manage guest capacity include:

Signage: Directional signage has been installed to help guests responsibly move through Disney Springs. In addition, ground markings will help with social distancing when queuing is needed at a location.

Training: Cast members will be trained to engage with guests and promote social distancing in common areas and queues.

Cleanliness and Sanitization

Disney Springs has increased cleaning and disinfection in high-traffic areas like public elevators and escalators, handrails, benches, tables, handles, and restrooms. Disney Springs will also open with hand sanitizer and hand-washing locations for guests to use while visiting.

Cast Training

Disney Springs will continue to provide new training and reinforcement for cast members and operating participant employees through this phased reopening period.

Phase 1 reopening on May 20th!


World of Disney is reopening May 27th.

Disney Springs Phase 1 opens May 20th, and Disney Springs Phase 2 opens May 27th.  There are a lot of new health guidelines to follow.

The 3rd party businesses at Disney Springs will reopen on Wednesday, May 20th – not all, it’s up to their parent company! – and the Disney-owned businesses will start to reopen on Wednesday, May 27th.

springsUpdate from Disney on Phase 1 and Phase 2 reopening:  As we begin to reopen Disney Springs with a number of shopping and dining locations beginning May 20th, we are looking ahead to May 27th when we will begin to reopen more of our Disney-owned shops and restaurants, including World of Disney, D-Luxe Burger (mobile order) and the Marketplace Co-Op.

For Cast Members, Operating Participant employees and Guests, there are 6 Key Things to know before arriving at Disney Springs.  They include:

1. Limited parking and reduced entrances into Disney Springs

2. Temperature screenings prior to entry (no one with a temperature above 100.4 degrees allowed in!)

3. Face coverings required for everyone

4. Physical distancing practices including physically-distanced queues and physical barriers

5. Temporary operation modifications, including reduced hours at select locations and no scheduled entertainment offerings or high-touch interactive areas

6. An increased focus on disinfecting and sanitation, including the addition of hand-washing stations and hand sanitizers in key areas

The rest of Walt Disney World will continue to remain closed until further notice including the theme parks and Disney Resort hotels. We are expecting some resorts to reopen in June and the theme parks to reopen in late July.

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Welcome back to Disney Springs!


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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom
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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!


Two Disney Sisters


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Once upon a time…
Two Disney Sisters
Yes, we did!!! 🙂


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