Disney Springs to begin phased reopening May 20

    Disney Springs, which has been closed for more than a month due to the coronavirus pandemic, will begin slowly reopening on May 20.

    In accordance with guidance from government and health officials, a limited number of stores and restaurants owned by third-party operators will start opening during the first phase. Guests can expect reduced hours, parking and capacity in order to keep in line with social distancing rules.

    Matt Simon, vice president of Disney Springs, said the reopening will incorporate “enhanced safety measures, including increased cleaning procedures, the use of appropriate face coverings by both cast members and guests, limited-contact guest services and additional safety training for cast members.”

    We will apply learnings and ideas from leaders in the health and travel industries, and we’re also talking to our unions as we prepare for some cast members to return to work,” Simon said.

    This reopening step is similar to the process used at Shanghai Disneyland, which reopened its shopping district in early March. More of that resort is scheduled to be open to the public starting Monday.

    The rest of Disney World — including the hotels, water parks and theme parks — will remain shuttered at that time.