Walt Disney World prepares for phased reopening with limited capacity

Walt Disney World Resort is preparing for a phased reopening this weekend, and will be welcoming a limited number of guests at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom from July 11.

This will be followed by the reopening of EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios from July 15. Disney will implement a significant reduction in capacity.

WDW will draw on the reopening experiences of Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Disney Springs (via Disney Parks Blog).

Visitors with a ticket or Annual Pass need to use the new Disney Park Pass system to make a reservation in advance for entry to each park.

Once visitors have logged in to their My Disney Experience accounts and linked their tickets, they can access a calendar of available reservation dates.

“Our deliberate and phased approach at Walt Disney World Resort emphasizes multiple layers of health and safety measures,” said Dr Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

“We’re taking a multi-pronged approach to our reopening, after considering the guidance of various governmental authorities and health agencies, and recommendations from our team of health and safety experts.

“We’re also actively working with industry groups and research universities to discuss best practices,” added Hymel.

Health and safety measures at Walt Disney World

  • All guests aged 2 years and older and cast members will be required to wear a face covering at all times, except when eating and drinking.
  • Capacity and guest density will be limited on complimentary WDW transportation, and face masks must be worn at all times.
  • All guests will be required to undergo temperature screenings before entry, and anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees will be denied entry.
  • WDW will implement physical distancing and capacity measures, with a limited number of guests allowed to visit each day.
  • Limits will also be in place in shops and dining locations, with ground markings and physical barriers located throughout the attractions.
  • Increased cleaning will take place in high-traffic areas, and guests will be encouraged to frequently wash their hands and use hand sanitiser.
  • Guests will also be encouraged to use cashless options, including MagicBands, debit cards, credit cards, Disney gift cards and mobile payments.

cinderella castle magic kingdom

Meanwhile, the Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom has been receiving a royal makeover, and the work is nearly complete.

Cinderella Castle is being refurbished with bold and shimmering enhancements, including a sapphire dusting on the blue rooftops and gold trim.

Walt Disney Imagineering helped select the new colour scheme, which visitors will get to enjoy when Magic Kingdom reopens on July 11.