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Disney announced yesterday that they will be doing a phased reopening of their Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts. Disney proposed a reopening date of phased reopening of Theme Parks beginning with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11. Epcot and Hollywood studios will open on Wednesday, July 15. The Orlando Economic Recovery Task Force approved the plans that Disney unveiled.
In addition, Disney unveiled detailed plans for how the parks will operate and the expectations for guests and castmembers when entering Disney property. For all the deatils regarding the reopening plans and expecations for guests visiting Walt Disney World click HERE!
On the morning of May 28, Disney Annual Passholders and guests with existing reservations noticed that existing Fast Pass reservations had been canceled.
In addition, when clicking on the My Disney Experience App, to make dining reservations, guests are instead prompted to Explore Dining Experiences and to Go to disneyworld.com. App users can still go to the reservation page but once you select the number in your party, the only experiences that pop up are dining locations in Disney Springs.
Disney announced as part of their reopening plans that guests would be required to make park reservations in order to enter the parks. As part of a Disney Parks Blog post outlining some of the new procedures.
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).
Disney is working to accomodate required safety precautions with their own plans to maintain social distancing, provide safety and health precautions for castmembers and guests and maintian Diseny standards. That’s a lot. That’s a lot for any business but for a business who is the leader in their industry, with all eyes on them, it’s a challenge and a balance and they have to go above and beyond.
Disney will be encouraging guests and castmembers to limit typical high touch situations which means that changes will have to come to queue lines, dining, check-in and more. They have already released information encouraging online check-in to resorts using the My Disney Experience App, and encouraging Mobile Ordering.
We have not received official word from Disney regarding queue lines though rumors are swirling that virtual queue lines such as what is used for the Rise of the Resistance attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Limited capacity in the parks will help to limit queue lines but implementing virtual queues would go a step farther in complying with social distancing requirements. If virtual queues are to be implemented, that would explain why Fast Pass reservations have mysteriously disappeared from guest reservations.
Disney has not yet released a statement regarding Fast Passes but as the company works to move the “millions of reservations already on the books to a new reservation system.” as Bob Chapek stated on Bloomberg, there will most obviously have to be drastic changes made to those with existing reservations and when Disney will be able to start taking new reservations.
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