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.”
Dining – Where to eat starting on May 20th
4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
Earl of Sandwich
Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
Paradiso 37 Entertainment
The Polite Pig
Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs Marketplace
Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs West Side
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
Wine Bar George – A Restaurant & Bar
Shopping – Where to shop starting on May 20th
The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group
Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers
Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
Luxury of Time by Diamonds International
Ron Jon Surf Shop
Royally Yours by Arribas Brothers
Savannah Bee Company
Sosa Family Cigars
Sugarboo & Co.
Read more: Disney Springs Reopening
Disney Springs will have guest capacity limitations to reduce sidewalk crowding as it reopens, as well as reduced parking and operating hours.
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.
Disney Springs will continue to provide new training and reinforcement for cast members and operating participant employees through this phased reopening period.
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.
Update 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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