Walt Disney World Reveals What Experience Will Be Like After Reopening
As Walt Disney World gets ready for its phased reopening of the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on 11 July, as well as Epcot and Hollywood Studios on 15 July, the resort has revealed the new health and safety measures visitors can expect.
Even before guests are able to go, they'll have to make a reservation using the new Disney Park Pass reservation system online tool, with booking compulsory for entry.
In the theme parks - which will have reduced capacity - visitors and staff will be required to wear face mask, and people will also be greeted with temperature checks as they enter.
Meanwhile, Disney hotels have made the move to mobile check-in, with visitors given their room number for their stay via a smartphone app, through which they'll also be able to unlock hotel room doors.
Throughout the resort, other features customers will find include sanitiser and hand-washing stations, along with partitions between guests on rides.
Disney took Good Morning America on a behind-the-scenes tour this week to show the changes in action.
GMA's Will Reeve said the 'new era' for the resort will present a 'reimagined experience', starting the moment visitors arrive.
Jim MacPhee, SVP operations at Walt Disney World Resort, told GMA that the phased reopening could be adjusted to ensure visitors and workers were protected at all times.
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"We've really focused on ensuring that we have a very thoughtful and methodical reopening strategy that is phased on various attendance levels that allows us to launch, learn and adjust," he said.
MacPhee also said Disney World will also have a 'greatly reduced capacity, not just on the overall park, but in every one of our facilities'.
Attractions will have 'added safety measures', with guests at Kilimanjaro Safari made to enter through partitions, with barriers now placed between each row on the ride in order to minimise contact with other people.
Signs around the parks will also remind people to keep their distance, while mobile ordering will be used in the restaurants.
Parades and nighttime shows will not be returning for now, as these usually draw in huge crowds - thus making social distancing a difficulty.
Similarly, meet-and-greets won't be available, but Disney has promised its characters will still be able to entertain and 'delight' guests in other ways, including at character breakfasts.
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