Disney World will reopen Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, with Epcot and Hollywood Studios following later on July 15th. Walt Disney World’s staged reopening plan was approved today by the Orange County Recovery Task Force in Orlando. The parks, which have been closed since March 15th, will reopen in stages.
As part of plan, the parks will reopen with reduced capacity, and many safety precautions, including mandatory face masks for guests and employees. Can’t wait to see the polka dot mask Minnie Mouse will be sporting.
The approach to reopening includes contactless payment systems, plexiglass barriers, temperature checks at entrances and mandatory advanced reservations in order to enter. Additionally, there will be no parades, fireworks or character meet and greets because of social distancing policies. So you’ll have to wave to your favorite characters from a safe distance.
New ticket sales are temporarily paused as they focus on people with existing tickets and reservations (though Disney Vacation Club members can make new reservations). Ticket holders and Passholders will be able to make their reservation requests soon.
The full details on the opening plan can be found here.
Also in Orlando, Universal Studios will reopen earlier, with plans set for June 5th. Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay will be open with similar restrictions in place. There are social distancing rules in lines, temperature checks and required face masks as well. You can see the full rules here.
Florida’s LEGOLAND resort will be the first of the Orlando theme parks to reopen, with a scheduled date of June 1. See their rules here.The Legoland in New York, which was originally scheduled to open this July, has been postponed until summer 2021.
SeaWorld Orlando has also reportedly submitted their proposed reopen date of June 11.