Walt Disney World's Disney Springs shopping and dining area reopened to the public today — the resort's first step toward a return in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
About half of the district's third-party shops and restaurants were open today but none of the Disney-owned and operated locations. That was enough to entice a decent-sized crowd of fans, however. Like at the reopening of Universal Orlando's CityWalk last week, local media made up a lot of the initial crowd, but people out for a change of lockdown scenery took their place as the day went on.
Almost everyone conformed to Disney's new social distancing and sanitation rules without complaint. One man was seen trying to enter without a mask, barking the same "free country" nonsense that the wannabe Russian agents on Fox News have been spewing for the past couple weeks. *(Link added - Ed.) But Disney security swiftly reminded the gentleman that Disney is private property, and anyone who is unwilling to enter under Disney's rules is perfectly "free" to go elsewhere.
While most visitors seemed to be looking around more than shopping, many did head for the Springs' reopened restaurants. Lines formed with six-foot spacing between parties as all restaurants were sharply reducing their seating capacities to accommodate the new social-distancing rules.
All visitors must undergo a no-touch temperature check before entering Disney Springs. The surface parking lots are closed, so guests must enter from the Lime or Orange parking garages, the rideshare drop-off zone, or the Hotel Plaza Boulevard pedestrian bridge. As we said, masks are also required at all times except when eating while inside Disney Springs.
Disney's own stores and restaurants will open next week, on May 27. Those include World of Disney, Marketplace Co-op and D-Luxe Burger. Walt Disney World's theme parks and hotels remain closed until further notice, though the state of Florida has invited Disney and other theme parks to begin submitting their reopening plans for government review and potential approval.Tweet
This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.