Disney plans to reopen its theme parks starting with the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on 11 July 2020. Disney then plans to follow this with the opening of Disney Hollywood Studios and EPCOT on 15 July 2020.
Disney Vacation Club resorts in addition to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground at Walt Disney World will reopen to members and guests on 22 June, Disney Vacation Club properties in Vero Beach, Florida, Hilton Head and South Carolina will open on 15 June.
With Universal Studios Florida and SeaWorld Florida opening on 5 and 11 June respectively Disney will be the last of the major theme parks in central Florida to open its gates to guests.
Temperature checks will be carried out, social distancing will be required throughout the parks and guests will be required to wear masks.
Alterations to queue lines, reduced capacity and ride vehicle sanitisation along with parades and firework shows being discontinued is to be expected.
Advanced reservations will be required by guests intending to visit parks.
“Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited as we welcome guests back to the magic, we will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. At this time, we are temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so we can focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations (Disney Vacation Club members can still make new reservations). Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold; we’ll be reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details. We will resume new ticket sales and hotel reservations after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon.”
The submitted plans still need to be endorsed by Orange County prior to being submitted to the state for final rubber stamping. It seems highly likely that the plans will be approved as the Governor has already approved Universal Studios plans for reopening.