Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando is planning a phased reopening in July.
According to the statement, the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks will reopen to the public on July 11, while Epcot and Hollywood Studios will reopen by July 15.
Guests will have to make reservations in advance of visiting the parks.
The plan was approved by the orange economy recovery task force on Wednesday after being by Disney World senior vice president of operations Jim McPhee. However, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demmings must also approve the plan before sending a letter to the governor’s office for final approval.
McPhee explained Disney’s Orlando parks will only open for employees and some selected audience, prior to July 11, so as to enable the company to launch its new procedures, learn and adjust accordingly.
When the parks do open to the public, there will be “significant limits” on attendance, but McPhee did not provide capacity details. Moreover, those wishing to visit the parks will have to get an advance reservation through a new system. McPhee said Disney will share more information on that system in the near future.
Similar to Universal Orlando, Disney has also established a set of enhanced safety protocols for reopening, which is centered around five areas:
• Enhanced protective measures. Face coverings will be required for employees and guests. Signage will encourage increased handwashing, and sanitation stations will be placed around the property. Physical barriers will be used where appropriate.
• Physical distancing. Disney will limit capacity in its parks to enable physical distancing. Physical distancing will also be employed through capacity reductions on attractions, in retail locations, and in food and beverage locations. Signage will be used to communicate that.
• Enhanced cleaning and sanitation, both in guest areas and in employee areas.
• Temperature screenings for guests and employees.
• Limited contact enhancements to reduce contact between guests and employees.
“Disney will use a combination of education, communication, and engagement to communicate the new procedures to guests,” says McPhee
Disney has also developed a “social distance squad” which will monitor and evaluate the level of compliance by guests. The squad has been deployed at the recently reopened Disney Springs and has proven to be very effective, he said.