Disney Springs follow’s in pursuit of Shanghai’s Disneyland reopens; what to know when visiting


Image of Disney Springs taken from their official website

AnnaBella McGinnis, Reporter

Shanghai Disneyland reopened on May 11th with social distancing rules and only 30% capacity along with tickets only being available to purchase in advanced. 

As this is the first of Disney’s parks to reopen since the pandemic shutdown began, Florida’s Disney Springs comes in second, planning to reopen May 20th with limited capacity and only some of their restaurants opening back up. As Shanghai sets the example for what procedures are taking place to ensure the safety of everybody, here is what you need to know if you decide to make plans to visit Disney springs. 

Not all restaurants and shops will be open during “the initial phase”, third party retailers, however, will reopen along with select shops and places for dining. Next week, many third-party operating participants will open their doors to Disney Springs guests. On May 27, three Disney-owned and operated stores and venues will reopen: World of Disney, D-Luxe Burger (mobile order) and the Marketplace Co-Op.

It is important to note that the only payment they will accept is cashless, so bare that in mind when planning to visit. 

As Shanghai has set the bar for safety procedures, Disney Springs will of course be expected to follow similar protocols. Disney Springs has released an official video describing in detail what procedures will be taking place, such as parking being limited to the orange and lime garages.  

Guests who enter the park must have their temperature checked to ensure nobody who is ill enters, and any employees who may get sick while working will be paid on leave. Nobody with a temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will be allowed access.  

As the park will only be open at 30% capacity, those who do get in the park will be greeted with ground markings and physical barriers that will direct them to where they should be in order to maintain social distancing. The implementing of face masks will also take effect (which you can buy on the official Disney store, as all profits are going to be donated to Med Share), and plexiglass will be installed to separate customers from the cast members at the register.

Disney Springs officials have stated they plan to cut down operating hours. However, they have not given specific times as of publication of this article. So, if you plan to visit, be sure to find out those details by contacting their customer service. Shanghai Disney has created a new policy for ticket purchase that requires visitors to purchase tickets in advance for a specific date

With all this in mind, Disney parks will begin their first phase of reopening and will do their best to provide the magical experience they have always provided. These are the steps needed to ensure a fun time is available to all, while maintaining safety permanently.