UPDATE: Disney World to Reopen on July 11th!

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[UPDATED] Wednesday, May 27th, 2020: Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, aims to reopen the parks on July 11th and July 15th.

On July 11th: Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

On July 15th: Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

Check out the image below from the Disney Parks Blog’s official Instagram page and this link for more information.

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The rest of this article was published earlier in the week and discusses the capacity options available to Disney World when it does reopen the theme parks.

Here’s some news for you: reports are coming out that Disney World might reopen in the near future, at 20 or 30 percent capacity.

A photo of the Magic Kingdom Park [Source: Disney World]
A photo of the Magic Kingdom Park [Source: Disney World]

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So, what’s the full story?

Here’s everything we know so far…

On Disney World Reopening 

It was first reported by Amanda Dukes, WESH 2 News Reporter, on Friday, May 22. 

According to Dukes, it was a Disney executive who informed Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis that the company might reopen the park at 20 to 30 percent capacity.

She adds that Disney World has yet to submit its reopening plan to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.

“Disney has given an indication that next week, they will submit their plans, and once they do, then we will schedule that for a full briefing before our Economic Recovery Task Force as well. So at this point, it’s an undefined time or date, but we do look forward to seeing that sometime next week.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Although the Walt Disney Company officially remains mum about the issue, it’s possible that Disney World could reopen soon because Shanghai Disneyland already reopened on May 11, Monday. That park reopened at about 20 percent capacity. 

Plus, Shanghai Disneyland is planning to increase its ticket sales by 5,000 every week until it is selling at 30 percent capacity.

According to Bob Chapek, Walt Disney Company CEO, Shanghai is a short-book market, since tickets are typically sold on a week-by-week basis. 

In relation to that, Disney Springs also began its phased reopening on May 20th.

Disney Springs also opened at limited capacity.

All things considered, it’s not that hard to believe that Disney World could plan to resume its operations soon…ish.

In fact, some reporters believe that Disney World will reopen in June.

Watch the video below for a discussion about it.

On What to Expect When It Becomes Official

Once the Mouse House finally releases an official statement, we can expect the following:

  • The final date of the reopening
  • An official and in-depth plan just like the policy that Disney Springs released before it reopened
  • A reservation system similar to what Shanghai Disneyland set up
  • A specific crowd size (20% to 30%)
A photo of the Epcot Theme Park [Source: Disney World]

It’s possible that The Walt Disney Company hasn’t released a statement yet because they are still monitoring the progress of Disney Springs and Shanghai Disneyland. 

After all, Chapek says the company needs to be “very conservative” and “very prudent” in moving forward.

Because Disney World receives many locals, Florida residents, and even national and international guests, it’s natural to be cautious. 

Also, there’s news that Governor DeSantis’ Reopen Florida Task Force Executive Committee is reflecting on the idea of a phased reopening that will only cater to locals and state residents.

However, that is not confirmed yet.

Long Story Short…

Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World [Source: Disney World]
Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World [Source: Disney World]

There is no confirmed date and no official announcement from the Walt Disney Company yet.

It may take a while before Mickey Mouse welcomes guests again, but it may also happen soon, given that Shanghai Disneyland and Disney Springs reopened already. 

Having said that, all we can do is wait patiently.

Speaking of waiting and passing the time, I suggest you watch Pixar’s Out on Disney Plus. It’s a beautiful and touching short film.

Have a magical day!

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