Disney is getting ready to welcome back guests to Disney Springs next week and has released additional reopening details. Many hopeful guests have been waiting anxiously for answers about how the Phase One reopening of Disney Springs will be handled and what safety measures will need to be followed. Here is everything you need to know about the Disney Springs reopening and safety rules.
Before we get into safety restrictions and guidelines, a bit of good news. Disney has announced that three of their Disney-owned venues will reopen along with many third-party venues at Disney Springs on May 20. The World of Disney, D-Luxe Burger (mobile orders) and the Marketplace Co-Op will all reopen one week later on May 27.
In order to open the Disney shopping and entertainment district safely, Disney will be implementing the following guidelines for all guests.
Upon entering Disney Springs, all guests will be required to complete a temperature screening. Any guest with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed immediate entry. They will first be directed to another location for additional screening. If the secondary screening is 100.4 degrees or more, the guest and their party will be denied entry to Disney Springs.
It is recommended to check your temperature before leaving home to avoid any disappointment.
Disney’s announcement yesterday has also made clear that face masks or face coverings will be required by all guests visiting Disney Springs over the age of 3. All employees will also be required to wear face masks. Disney has even gone further to say that face coverings must cover your mouth and nose at all times while at Disney Springs, except while sitting at a dining table.
Many Disney fans have expressed apprehension in regard to wearing face masks while at the Disney Resort and hoped that this would not be a requirement. However, it seems that Disney has taken recommendations from the CDC and other government agencies seriously and will be requiring them to be worn by all guests, with the exception of those 3 and under.
Social Distancing Measures
As social distancing has been proven to be an effective way to prevent virus spread, Disney will be implementing social distancing measures. In order for guests to maintain a safe physical distance from others, there will be limits to the number of guests allowed to enter Disney Springs as well as individual venues. Markings on the ground and some physical barriers will also be in place to assist guests in keeping a safe physical distance from other parties.
Hand-washing & Sanitization
Hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer will be available throughout Disney Springs and all guests are encouraged to use them frequently. The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds often and especially when visiting public areas.
As handling cash can easily spread germs, Disney is recommending that all guests use credit cards, debit cards, gift cards or other contactless pay options for all purchases. If you do not have one of these options available, guests may purchase gift cards at the Welcome Center.
While we’re excited for the opening of Disney Springs and see this as a hopeful first step, we urge everyone to abide by Disney’s required and recommended safety measures when visiting the Disney Resort. Disney has expressed that their decision to reopen other areas of the resort will be largely based on how well guests follow guidelines during the phased reopenings. Let’s do our part in keeping each other safe while having fun at Disney!
For updated information on the reopening of Disney Springs visit www.disneysprings.com/reopening.