Disney Is Planning To Reopen Some Of Its Parks On July 11

Kristin Salaky
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From House Beautiful

Most of Disney's theme parks and hotels around the world have been closed for months amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but as more places begin their reopening plans, it's left many Disney fans wondering when they can revisit the parks again. Below we've detailed everything we know so far about Disney's plans to open back up for business and what you can expect when you visit the parks again.

Which Disney parks and resorts are currently open?

Shanghai Disneyland reopened on May 11 with limited capacity and other enhanced safety measures in place. Disney Springs in Orlando, FL, started its phased reopening on May 20.

Which Disney parks and resorts are currently closed?

The Walt Disney World parks in Florida and all of its hotels are currently closed. The Disneyland resort in California and its hotels are also closed. Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney, and Hong Kong Disneyland are also closed.

What are Disney's plans to reopen?

Walt Disney World presented its case for reopening to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force on May 27. Disney's senior vice president of operations Jim MacPhee submitted a plan for Disney to reopen its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks on July 11 and to reopen its Epcot and Hollywood Studios Parks on July 15. This plan will need to be approved Florida Governor Ron DeSantis before it can move forward.

As for Disneyland, California Governor Gavin Newsom confirmed that theme parks can open back up during Stage Three of the state's reopening plan. Though no official date has been set, in mid-May, he said that Stage Three "may not even be more than a month away," according to The Orange County Register.

Hong Kong Disneyland is also reportedly looking into testing reopening policies, but nothing has been announced yet.

What guidelines will be in place when Disney reopens?

This will likely vary by park and will change as time goes on, but all parks currently open or planning on opening, as well as Disney Springs, will require temperature checks for guests and employees, face coverings like masks for entry, social distancing requirements and barriers in place.

According to Disney World's proposal, meet and greets would be temporarily suspended, and events like parades and fireworks that draw crowds would be paused as well. The parks will place an emphasis on mobile food orders and cashless transactions, and they'll also be employing "social distance squads," made up of cast members who will encourage guests to practice good social distancing measures. This "squad" has been successful and a big hit with guests at Disney Springs so far, Disney said.

Can you currently make reservations at Disney?

Disney World is suspending new ticket sales and hotel reservations so that they can focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations. As of this writing, you can make a ticket reservation for July on Disneyland's website.

Disney World execs teased a revamped reservation system during its presentation but said they would have more to share on that later. An updated note on the Disneyland website informs guests that there could be limited capacities once the park does reopen and that "park admission and offerings are not guaranteed."

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