Disney Springs opens in Florida after coronavirus closure

Guests take pictures at Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida, on May 20, 2020. Walt Disney World’s sprawling shopping and dining complex is beginning the first phase of getting back to business with 44 establishments welcoming the public amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The first step in reopening Walt Disney World took place Wednesday when Disney Springs welcomed back guests. In this first phase of reopening, a fraction of the shops and restaurants at the entertainment complex opened their doors. More are set to open May 27.

Upon entering Disney Springs, all guests must undergo a temperature screening. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 F or higher will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. Those with a temperature of 100.4 F or higher will not be allowed entry, and neither will their party. Cast members will be required to complete a health screening and temperature check at home, prior to coming to work.

A guest wears a distinctive castle hat that appears to modeled after Disney World’s Cinderella Castle at Disney Springs in Orlando on May 20, 2020.

Guests visiting Disney Springs, which reopened Wednesday, will notice hand sanitizer and hand-washing locations throughout the complex. Guests are highly encouraged to use them. There also will be an increase in cleaning and disinfection of high traffic areas like elevators, escalators, handrails, benches, tables, handles, restrooms and more.

Guests stroll at Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida, on May 20, 2020. Disney Springs, along with other Florida attractions, had been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Disney Springs, which partially reopened Wednesday, has visible markings on the ground to encourage social distancing. Cast members are required to wear face coverings as well as guests ages 3 and up. The face coverings must fully cover the guests nose and mouth. Costume masks are not permitted.

A girl gazes at Mickey Mouse balloons at Disney Springs in Orlando on May 20, 2020.

Some of the changes to Disney Springs since reopening Wednesday are the ground markings and directional signage installed to assist guests to responsible move throughout the property. Physical barriers also have been added in select places such as at cash registers and at Guest Relations.

While Disney Springs cast members may not be able to have the typical interaction guests are accustomed to, don’t think the magic will be lost. Cast members will of course still have the Disney spirit and plan on some innovative ways to entertain guests.

Master Sommelier George Miliotes greets guests Wednesday at his Disney Springs restaurant Wine Bar George. It was one of the few restaurants that reopened in the first phase of the entertainment complex’s opening. The staff, which saw some reductions, has been heavily trained on proper safety procedures.

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