The Orange County Economic Task Force met this morning to discuss further opening of Orange County. At this meeting Walt Disney World presented their reopening proposals.
Jim MacPhee, Senior Vice President – Walt Disney World, proposed a phased reopening of the Walt Disney World theme parks as follows:
This reopening plan allows the Walt Disney World Resort to launch, learn and adjust their plans along the way to ensure the safety of guests and cast members. Disney Vacation Club Resorts and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will re-open at limited capacity on June 22nd. No date was announced for the reopening of Disney’s Water Parks or other Walt Disney World Resort hotels.
Additionally, there will be limitations on daily theme park attendance and a theme park reservation system will be in place that requires all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. More details on this system will be announced as we move towards the reopening date. Additionally, there will be reduced capacity on attractions, dining and transportation.
Walt Disney World has worked hard to develop the following new Health and Safety Protocols for their property.
The objective of the plan is to “Establish and implement enhanced health and safety protocols for a responsible re-opening of the Walt Disney World Resort”. The plan is broken down into five health and safety protocol categories and all focus on Education, Communication and Engagement. The five categories are: Enhanced Protective Measures, Physical Distancing, Enhanced Cleaning/Sanitation, Temperature/Health Screening and Limited-Contact Enhancement.
Enhanced Protective Measures:
As stated, these protocols will be implemented with a focus on education, communication and engagement. Guests will be notified of new protocols and expectations through the Walt Disney World mobile app and website, and signage reinforcing the new health and safety guidelines and protocols will be strategically placed throughout the property explaining that “we all need to do our part”. Additionally, a new Social Distancing Squad of dedicated Cast Members will be present throughout the parks to engage with guests and assist in enforcing new rules and procedures. All of these measures can already be seen at Disney Springs, which began a phased reopening last week and expands today to include select Disney-owned locations including World of Disney and Marketplace Co-op.
In an effort to accommodate already ticketed guests and Annual Passholders, Disney has suspended the sale of new theme park tickets and resort reservations at this time. We know that this has been a trying time for many of our guests, and we understand that you may feel hesitant to continue with vacation plans at this time. We encourage you to reach out to your Once Upon a Time Vacations travel advisor to discuss your thoughts and options for future travel. We are hopeful that things will return to a more normal state as soon as possible, and are appreciative to Disney for their care and dedication to creating a safe atmosphere for all Walt Disney World Guests and Cast Members.
Hope to see you in front of the castle, from a socially appropriate distance, in July.
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