Walt Disney World will begin a phased reopening of its shopping district on May 20, 2020.
Matt Simon, VP of Disney Springs posted a statement to the Disney Parks Blog confirming plans to reopen the shopping and dining venue beginning on Wednesday, May 20. The initial phase will feature a limited number of venues run by third-parties. Disney intends to employ a variety of improved safety and cleaning measures, as well as "use of appropriate face coverings by both cast members and guests."
Strict limits will initially be impose on guest capacity, parking and operating hours, and gradually expanded as safety dictates.
Disney Springs has been closed since March 17 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, the resorts and theme parks of Walt Disney World and Disneyland remain closed with no announced reopening projections.
Complete statement regarding the Disney Springs reopening follows:
A phased reopening of Disney Springs will begin on May 20. 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 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 protocols and procedures may be announced closer to the opening date. Please check DisneySprings.com as we get closer to May 20 for the most current information on operating hours, locations and safety procedures.