After a two month closure, the first part of the US Disney Parks has reopened! Disney Springs reopened yesterday, but it’s definitely not the same as it was when it first closed down back in March. In fact, quite a bit of things have changed, and a lot of new rules apply!
Entering Disney Springs
Disney Springs’ hours have now changed, and they are now open from only 10 am to 10 pm. Along with the hours changing, the parking changed a bit too. There used to be four places to park in Disney Springs, the Lime Garage, the Orange Garage, the Grapefruit Garage, and the Lemon Parking Lot. While those places are all still there, you can now only park in the Orange Garage, and the Lime Garage.
Once you find your parking spot in one of those parking garages, you head to the exit of the second floor to get your temperature checked. If your temperature is 100.4 or higher, you will be taken into a tent where you can go to cool down for a while. If your temperature is still over 100.4, then you and your group will be asked to leave. And please don’t forget that every guest 3 years and older will have to wear a mask at all times, unless they are eating.
Shopping At Disney Springs
At the moment, the only stores (and restaurants) open at Disney Springs right now are third party locations. But Disney Springs reopened so recently that that will change pretty soon. Anyways, social distancing rules still apply when you’re shopping, and so far Disney is doing a really good job of making sure guests know that. In some locations, like Ron Jon Surf Shop, there are Plexiglas dividers between the cast members and the guests at checkout stations. As someone who is really anxious about coronavirus, I was really happy to hear this!
Ron Jon Surf Shop is also one of the shops in Disney Springs that is not taking cash payment. But anyways, if you want to find more PPE in Disney Springs, face masks are being sold at Vera Bradley for only $8.00 each! Hand sanitizer is also being sold at Basin for $20 for a three pack!
Dining At Disney Springs
Just like shopping, dining at Disney Springs has also changed… a lot. Instead of waiting in regular lines to buy food, guests have to stand on social distancing markers while waiting in line to order, so each group will stay 6 feet apart.
If you’re planning on going to Disney Springs and eating at a sit down restaurant, I would strongly recommend getting a reservation before you go. Since only so many guests can be in a building at once, tables fill up quickly at sit down restaurants, like Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill. If you don’t have a reservation, you’ll have to stand in a social distancing line outside in the Florida heat, and I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like very much fun to me.
As for actually being in the restaurant, like I said, not all tables are being used since groups can’t sit too close to each other. And most dining locations in Disney Springs are using paper menus, and some are even using QR code menus if you want to access the restaurant’s menu from your phone.
In the end, the Disney Springs experience is quite a bit different than it once was, but it still looks magical. Even if we have to follow social distancing protocols, at least Disney is starting to open up in the US, and hopefully this means good news for the rest of Disney World’s reopening! Stay safe, and have a magical day!