Disney World Reopening To Begin July 11 Upon Approval

Wednesday morning, May 27, 2020, Disney finally made the official announcement that we all have been waiting for since they closed…Walt Disney World has proposed beginning a phased reopening on July 11, 2020 pending local and state approval.


On Walt Disney World’s official closure page it reads:

Following the recent reopening of Shanghai Disney Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, we’re pleased to share that more Disney magic is coming back. On May 27, we submitted a proposal to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force in Florida describing our approach for a phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort theme parks planned to begin on July 11.


Disney Springs began to reopen on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The Disney Vacation Club properties at Walt Disney World as well as Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground are slated to reopen to guests on Monday, June 22, 2020. Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are scheduled to reopen on Saturday, July 11 followed by Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.


The health and safety of both guests and cast members will remain the primary concern as Walt Disney World begins to reopen this summer. Based on the presentation made to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, visitors can expect enhanced protective measures including masks, physical distancing, additional cleaning and sanitation, temperature and health screenings, as well as limited contact enhancements throughout the resort.

If you are planning a visit to Walt Disney World in the near future, you can anticipate that Disney will soon begin to reach out to you with more details about the new safety measures via email, snail mail, and the My Disney Experience app with an enhanced “Know Before You Go” campaign. This program is meant to educate, communicate, and engage upcoming guests so that everyone has realistic expectations about what a Walt Disney World will look like during this time.

More specific details will be released as the reopening date draws closer, but as of now Disney has announced these initial protocols:

As we all must work together to promote the health and safety of everyone, cast members as well as guests 3 years of age and older will be required to wear appropriate face coverings in theme parks and common areas of resort hotels. All guests will also undergo temperature screenings prior to entering a theme park; cast members will also have temperature checks. Cashless transactions are recommended, and cleaning and disinfection procedures will be increased in high-traffic areas.

There will also be limited theme park capacity requiring advance reservations, through a new system that Disney will unveil soon. The schedule currently shows each theme park scheduled to be open approximately 10 hours per day with staggered opening and closing times.


Spaceship EarthIn my recent posts Disney World Closed Indefinitely, Disney World Is Closed – Now What? and When Will Disney World Reopen, I shared what I am doing about my upcoming Walt Disney World vacations that I have scheduled throughout the rest of 2020.

As a quick update, I have now had to cancel my April, June, and early July trips so far. I have two more Walt Disney World vacations scheduled during 2020…one during the late summer and one in the early fall. For the moment, I am still hanging on to the reservations and hope that I will be able to go.

I do have some concerns though, like will the resort hotels I’ve booked, Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resort, be open for my travel dates, will I be able to reserve theme park admission for my travel dates or will there not be enough capacity, and will I physically be able to withstand the high Florida heat and humidity while wearing a mask without shows like Carousel of Progress or Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor open to cool off in.

In addition to those concerns, there are other considerations such as will the non-essential travel ban still be in effect in my home state of Colorado, is the reward of visiting Walt Disney World during this time worth the potential risk to the health of myself and my loved ones, and can I truly enjoy myself or will my worry and anxiety get the best of me?

For all of us with Disney World travel plans scheduled in the near future, we are going to need to do some serious thinking to decide what is best for ourselves and our families during this unprecedented situation.

So for now I wait to see how the initial reopening plays out in Disney World, and how the pandemic progresses in our country and globally, before making my final decision about my remaining 2020 vacations. I will continue to keep you posted here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I would love to hear what you’re going to do, so please comment below or hit me up on social media!


In the meantime, while we wait for things to slowly reopen, I will continue to share the latest Walt Disney World news and information here. You can still expect to see posts filling you in on all of the fun things coming up at the most magical place on earth!

Please stay safe and well, and I will see you in the parks real soon!

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Disney Springs Begins Reopening On May 20

Finally some good news out of Walt Disney World! Disney Springs will begin its phased reopening on May 20. If you’re planning a visit or just curious what it’s going to look like, here’s what we know so far according to Disney:

Following the guidance of government and health officials, a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase. The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and Disney Resort hotels.

As we continue to monitor conditions, and with the health of Guests and Disney Cast Members at the forefront of our planning, we are making several operational changes. Disney Springs will begin to 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. We will apply learnings and ideas from leaders in the health and travel industries, and we’re also talking to our unions as we prepare for some Cast Members to return to work.

During the initial opening phase, Disney Springs will have limitations on capacity, parking and operating hours. Given this unprecedented situation, we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through this process as responsibly as we can.

Additional procedures may be added or updated as we get closer to the opening. For the most up-to-date information regarding hours, safety, and locations, please click here.

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Inside City Works Eatery & Pour House At Disney Springs

Disney Springs has quickly become one of the best spots in all of Walt Disney World to find a tasty meal with so many delicious restaurants recently debuting. One of these yummy new additions is City Works Eatery & Pour House located in Disney Springs West Side. Here’s what guests can expect when dining at this delightful destination according to Disney:

Discover classic American cuisine and a massive selection of craft brews at this upbeat restaurant meets ultimate sports bar – City Works Eatery & Pour House. Located on the West Side of Disney Springs, this sprawling space features:

  • Classic American food with chef-driven twists for lunch and dinner
  • 90+ local and global varieties of beers on tap
  • Plenty of indoor seating
  • A large outdoor patio
  • A retail shop
  • Gigantic high-definition TVs

Brunch fans are also in for a treat because the Rock N Roll Brunch menu is filled with mouth-watering dishes on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm. Grab your friends and come hungry for beignets, breakfast hash, avocado toast, and breakfast sandwiches with mimosa flights and an over-the-top bloody Mary. Happy Hour will also be available Monday through Friday, 3:30pm to 6pm with a discounted menu of select beer, wine and appetizers.

While you’re planning your visit to Walt Disney World, be sure to put City Works Eatery & Pour House on your list of must-try restaurants, and I hope to see ya’ there real soon! To check availability or to book a dining reservation, please click here.

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