I am super excited to see small steps toward bringing back the Walt Disney World Resort that we all love. As we discussed on my last live stream, even though I am one of the biggest Disney fans, it is my personal choice not to stream on opening day. However, I do want to always bring you the latest official information from the parks so that you are informed if you choose to go during this time.
Yesterday, Tuesday May 19th, Disney has a very limited preview walking some through Disney Springs and showing them some of the new protocols and safety measures that are being taken. Here are some of them so that you can prepare and be aware before you decide to head out.
First of all, as mentioned in my previous blogs, parking will be limited to the lime and orange garages and that will also be limited capacity. I am not sure if it is really necessary to “rush” and be the first ones there as only a third of the restaurants and shops are open (no Disney stores at this moment) so I don’t see people staying all day. Hours for Disney Springs right now have been announced from 10am to 10pm. At opening, they have also reduced Guest entryways to 4 locations: Orange and Lime garages, along with the Hotel Plaza Boulevard Pedestrian Bridge and the rideshare location. Guest access to Disney Springs from the Grapefruit garage will be restricted.
Advent Health will be greeting you as you arrive at Disney Springs entrance and will be conducting non-touch temperature screenings on everyone that is wanting to enter the Springs. Guests will undergo temperature screening in these locations: the second-floor exits of Orange and Lime parking garages and the Marketplace Entrance (to serve Guests from the Hotel Plaza Boulevard Pedestrian Bridge and the rideshare drop-off lot). Based on guidance from health authorities, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 F or above will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. Those with temperatures above 100.4 will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed entry either. Cast members will be required to complete a health screening and temperature check prior to leaving for work.
All Guests ages 3 and older are required to wear face coverings when visiting Walt Disney World Resort.
All face coverings should:
- Fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Be made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable
Costume masks are not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn. Guests are required to wear face coverings at all times, except while dining. The use of face coverings should not be seen as a substitute for physical distancing. Guests must provide their own disposable or reusable face covering.
PHYSICAL BARRIERS AND CASHLESS TRANSACTIONS
Physical barriers have been added in select places where it is difficult to maintain strict physical distancing guidelines. These may be visible in areas around cash registers or at Guest Relations, for example, to help ensure proper distances between people. At this time, it is recommended all Guests use cashless or contactless payment options, such as credit cards, debit cards, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Rewards Redemption Cards and mobile wallets—including Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay. Guests may purchase a Disney Gift Card at select Merchandise locations and Welcome Center (Guest Relations) to pay without cash.
Managing the number of Guests visiting Disney Springs has been a major consideration as we implement physical distancing guidelines based on recommendations from health authorities and government officials. One of the ways to do that is to limit the number of Guests and Cast Members at any given time for each location. Additional measures include:
- Signage: Directional signage has been installed to assist Guests to responsibly move throughout the property. Additionally, ground markings will help promote proper physical distancing when queuing is needed at a location.
- Training: We are also training Cast Members to engage with Guests and promote physical distancing guidelines in common areas and queues.
Disney Springs has increased cleaning and disinfection in high-traffic areas such as public elevators and escalators, handrails, benches, tables, handles, restrooms and more. Additionally, Disney Springs will open with hand sanitizer and hand-washing locations, and Guests are highly encouraged to use these while visiting.
It is apparent that Disney is doing everything that they can to ensure not only our safety as guests but their cast members and those working in those third party establishments.
Here is a list of the restaurants and shops that will be open on May 20th. Hours may vary in each location so be sure and check ahead of time before you go if it is important for you to visit them. More stores have been announced to open on May 27th such as World of Disney, D-Luxe Burger and more.
Disney understands that these times are challenging, and they appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as they navigate as responsibly as we can. Together, we can find new ways to have fun while being diligent to maintain proper physical distancing. It is imperative that we take this seriously so that we can maintain the curve, keep ourselves and especially those around us safe and healthy and we can keep moving forward to Walt Disney World parks and resorts opening in the near future. Disney has posted instruction and disclaimers as far as our responsibility when visiting Disney Springs and more than likely the parks and resorts in the future. Remember, we are all in this together.
We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other Guests, and Cast Members. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting Disney Springs.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By visiting Disney Springs you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Help keep each other healthy.
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