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In a new message posted from Walt Disney World President Josh D’Amaro, new guidelines are in place for a phased reopening of Disney Springs on May 20. Read Josh’s message below.

Hello everyone,

Following recent state and local guidelines permitting the reopening of some Florida businesses, we’ve seen a strong interest in what our next steps may be. As we plan for the future, we’re keeping the health and well-being of both our cast members and our guests at the forefront of planning efforts.

Today, I’m pleased to share that we’re preparing for a phased reopening of select locations owned by third-party operating participants in the Disney Springs shopping and dining district, starting on May 20. We continue to monitor conditions and look forward to welcoming each of our guests back with enhanced health and safety measures in place including the changes below:

  • Limited capacity based on Florida state and local guidelines
  • Appropriate physical distancing
  • Requiring both our cast members and guests to wear face coverings
  • Additional cast safety training with a focus on limited-contact guest services and enhanced cleaning procedures

More information about how we’re thinking about protocols for the future is included in a letter from Dr. Pamela Hymel, our chief medical officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, that you can read in the message she shared this week here.

Additional protocols and procedures may be announced closer to the opening date and we greatly appreciate your patience as we take these small steps in returning to everyday life during this unique time.

We’re extremely grateful to be part of such a strong and united community here in Central Florida as we proceed through this situation together. We are so appreciative of the amazing work and fortitude of the brave healthcare workers on the front lines. We remain focused on finding our own ways to help.

As part of our ongoing commitment, we recently donated more than 400 yards of fabric and 2,400 yards of elastic to Orlando Ballet Theatre. This donation supports their efforts to sew much-needed face coverings for healthcare workers across Central Florida. We’re glad our donation will help them produce 3,000 additional coverings to be shared throughout the local community.

We look forward to this first step with our phased reopening of Disney Springs. In the meantime, please take care of yourselves. Let’s keep our spirits up, let’s take care of one other, and let’s continue to show the world our Central Florida spirit.

With respect,

Josh D’Amaro
President, Walt Disney World Resort

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