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Disney will be reopening in phases with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opening on July 11 and Epcot and Hollywood Studios opening on July 15.
Significant limits on attendance and enhancements to safety protocols will be in place. A new theme park reservation system will require guests to acquire a reservation to enter the parks in advance. Disney will require face coverings for all guests and castmembers inside their parks and property. For more details on requirements for guests once the parks reopen click HERE!
Prior to the parks closing Epcot was undergoing major park refurbishments and although parts of the overhaul that were currently underway will continue a few changes have been made to refurbishments scheduled to begin following the parks closing.
Disney has lost approximately $1.4 billion due to Coronavirus and because of that parts of the overhaul for Disney’s Epcot will likely be postponed or canceled all together.
One of the major changes announced recently is for the Disney classic Spaceship Earth which was scheduled to close in May for a two-year refurbishment. The overhaul of this classic and iconic Disney attraction has been postponed indefinetely and will reopen with the park on July 11.
Other attractions that have at least temporaily been postponed are the Mary Poppins attraction in the United Kingdom pavilion, the Festival Center and the Play pavilion in the old Wonders of Life building.
Additionally, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in the France pavilion which was nearing completion when the parks closed was scheduled to open summer 2021 but has been postponed. One major reason this attraction has been postponed is likely due to the capacity restrictions Disney is implementing and the social distance requirements which would be difficult to enforce with the grand opening of a highly anticipated attraction.
Another major change will be to the World Showcase castmembers. With International travel restricted and other factors, according to the site Blog Mickey Disney and the castmember union have agreed that:
The Parties recognize and agree for the purposes of a reopening and until such time that the Company is able to resume normal staffing, employees who do not meet the culturally authentic theming at EPCOT may be temporarily assigned to work in positions that are otherwise reserved for Cultural Representatives.
Disney is looking to re-introduce this immersive and cultural experience in 2021 as they are seeking cutural representatives as they called for next year.
Character dining has also been paused at all character dining experiences with the exception of Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Guests must have a theme park reservation in order to enter the parks and although not comfirmed by Disney, at the time of reopening it is rumored that guests will only be allowed to access one park per day.
In addition, there will be no character interactions or fireworks until further notice at any Disney park.
Stay tuned as more information becomes available.
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(Source: Blog Mickey, Disney)