Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort Reopening Plans

Pending Orange County and state approval, Walt Disney World Resorts proposal plans for the Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom to begin a phased reopening to the general public on July 11, followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15.

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This phased reopening will demonstrate a deliberate approach, with limits on attendance and controlled Guest density that aligns with guidance on physical distancing. That means certain experiences that draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. In addition, “high-touch” experiences such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be in our parks to entertain and delight Guests.

Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited as Disney World welcomes Guests back to the magic, Disney World will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all Guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. It is important to work with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, Like Pixie Vacations, to help navigate the new policies and changes with attendance limitations.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will begin to reopen on June 22.

Plans to support required physical distancing as well as enhanced cleaning measures, along with a number of other safety and cleanliness protocols, will be implemented as part of this planned phased reopening.

Today The World of Disney retail shops reopened at the Disney Springs shopping and dining complex at Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World is looking forward to reopening their theme parks, Disney Resort hotels and stores and doing so in a responsible way. In this spirit, Walt Disney World destinations will continue to follow enhanced safety protocols based upon applicable guidance from health authorities and government agencies.

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.

These policies are under continuous review and are subject to change as Disney monitors conditions and receives guidance from health and government authorities.

Walt Disney World is being deliberate during these phased reopenings, and is encouraged by how our Guests are responding at Shanghai Disney Resort and Disney Springs.

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay will welcome guests beginning June 5.

This carefully managed reopening comes with stringent new health, safety and hygiene procedures in place. To allow everyone to enjoy Universal Orlando Resort parks together again, everyone will need to follow CDC guidelines and the recommendations of health officials, and Universal Orlando’s policies.

  • -Guests and team members are required to wear face coverings
  • -Guests and team members are required to undergo temperature checks. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be able to enter Universal CityWalk or the theme parks
  • -Staggered parking within the parking garage to help create distance between travel groups
  • -Limiting and reducing daily park attendance and attraction ridership in Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay
  • -Increasing cleaning and disinfection of food locations, ride vehicles and other frequent “touch points” that go beyond our already-aggressive cleaning procedures
  • -Social distancing at all locations through the parks, within attractions and queues and at restaurants
  • -Having Virtual Line available for select attractions
  • -Offering cashless payments and “no touch” policies where possible

As we all start to explore the world again and take family vacations and share magical moments, it’s important to follow the CDC guidelines.  It is also important to have your vacation planned by a travel agent that will keep you up-to-date on the changes happening today.  Pixie Vacations is your local, Mom and Pop travel agency, and we work hard to make sure your vacation is magical.   We work directly with Disney and Universal to keep up with the changes and new policies and procedures.  When you book with a Pixie at Pixie Vacations, we are there to help you every step of the way.  Call us at 678-815-1584 Or book with a Pixie at https://PixieVacations.com