We are incredibly excited that Disney finally announced that Disney Springs will begin it’s phased reopening on May 20th! We expect Disney to use Disney Springs, as well as Shanghai Disney that opened today, as trial runs of new crowd management and social distancing methods.
It’s important to remember that Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and their individual parks will not be reopening on May 20th. They will still be closed until further notice. But in the meantime, Hello Disney Springs!
Disney Springs is one of my favorite places. A lot of people think it is just a big outdoor mall – and it pretty much is – but it’s a really nice mall that I like being at, ok? Some people didn’t like the Downtown Disney days. Others think the new expansion is just too much. Either way, we’ve missed you.
We are fairly confident that Disney will strongly encourage, if not outright require, that everyone wear some sort of face covering for the near future. I would also guess that, in an abundance of caution, Stitch won’t be spitting water any time soon. We expect Disney will release more specific information over the next week.
Social distancing will likely be a big part of it. In our area we have seen a lot of restaurants have success with physically redesigning their seating space to accommodate social distancing. If Disney limits the amount of people within the entirety of Disney Springs, then spreading restaurant seating into some of the walk ways will be easy.
Disney did say that only third-party locations would be open. That means any store staffed by actual Disney Cast Members is very unlikely to reopen on the 20th. That still leaves a lot of shopping and dining locations open though!
No matter what happens over the next week and in the time after Disney Springs reopens, we are simply excited that it’s a start! As long as all guests follow the appropriate guidelines this means that we are well on our way to the parks reopening.
There are so many delicious treats that we are missing so very badly. Mickey cookies. Riced crispy treats. Bubble waffle sundaes. We’ll be back. with them soon!
And of course, you never know when you’re going to experience a little Disney Magic. I have a feeling that there will be plenty of guests that get some extra magic once Cast Members finally return.
So… what do you want to do at Disney Springs once it reopens?