Yes, it’s actually true! Disney Springs is open once again after 2+ months of closure due to the current health crisis. Today we were able to stop by and give you a first look with a photo tour of Disney Springs and what it looks like after reopening.
There are a lot of changes to policies and new safety guidelines to follow as well, such as face masks, temperature screening and guest distancing. We’ll share all of that info with you so you know exactly what to do when you go.
It’s also important to note that not everything is currently open in Disney Springs. It’s reopening in phases with groups of restaurants and shops at a time. We have a list of what’s open in Disney Springs including restaurants and shops, and when we can expect the rest of them to reopen too.
Before we get started, we have some other articles around the reopening of Walt Disney World that will help you if you are planning on visiting anytime in the coming months.
- When is Disney World Reopening?
- All New Changes and Safety Guidelines in Disney World
- Is Disney World Safe to Visit?
- Face Masks at Disney World
Ok, now let’s check out Disney Springs and see what’s going on there now!
What’s Open in Disney Springs?
Disney Springs officially started its Phase 1 reopening on May 20. Even though not everything is currently open, a good number of the third-party shops and restaurants are now open. There are two more phases scheduled for May 22 and May 27.
Here is a list of when everything is opening:
- 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa
- Blaze Fast-Fired Pizza
- The BOATHOUSE
- Chicken Guy!
- Earl of Sandwich
- Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
- Frontera Cocina
- Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company
- Morimoto Asia
- Morimoto Asia Street Food
- Pizza Ponte
- Planet Hollywood
- The Polite Pig
- STK Orlando
- Starbucks (Marketplace)
- Sunshine Churros (Both Marketplace and West Side locations)
- Wine Bar George
- Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
- Vivoli il Gelato?
- D-Luxe Burger
- Terralina Italian Crafted
- The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group
- Chapel Hats
- Columbia Sportswear
- Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers
- Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
- Free People
- Happy Hound
- Lucky Brand
- Luxury of Time by Diamonds International
- Pandora® Jewelry
- Paradiso 37 Entertainment
- Pelé Soccer
- Pop Gallery
- Ron Jon Surf Shop®
- Royally Yours by Arribas Brothers
- Savannah Bee Company
- Sosa Family Cigars
- Sugarboo & Co.
- Vera Bradley
- Marketplace Co-op
- World of Disney
So right now parking at Disney Springs is limited to the Lime Garage and Orange Garage. There is no ground-level parking available because Disney wants to limit the entrances to Disney Springs so that they can control who comes in and out.
When we pulled into the garage we noticed a few big differences. There are no parking attendants and parking is first-come, first-served. That means when the two parking garages fill up, that’s it, no more space.
It doesn’t matter if you have a dining reservation either. If you don’t get there in time, you are out of luck. For that reason, we recommend you arriving well before your dining reservation to ensure you find a parking spot.
Signs are set up throughout the parking lot warning guests to stay at least 6 feet apart for their safety.
They have organized the entrances and exits nicely and guests can only come in and go out one way. This way guests going in and out will never run into each other.
Speaking of going out, as you walk toward the exit, you will be greeted by Cast Members who are ready to take your temperature…
The first thing you’ll notice are the markings on the ground separating guests who are waiting in the queue for the temperature screening area. Each marker is 6 feet from the others so you can maintain a healthy distance.
AdventHealth is running the temperature screenings so you know a medical professional who is trained will be handling your reading.
Make sure you put your masks on before getting in the queue. Face coverings will be required during your entire visit to Disney Springs for all guests 3 years and older. The only exception is when you are eating or drinking.
It’s a very easy procedure and one that we’ve already experienced in the airport and other stores. Once you are called, just walk to the person checking temperatures and stand at the line on the ground. They will then take a touchless reading on your forehead to measure your temperature.
Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will not be allowed entrance to Disney Springs. We haven’t seen this happen yet, and we don’t expect it to happen very often.
One interesting feature of the temperature screening is the “Cool-Off tents” that are located just beyond the temperature screening. The idea is that if for some reason you are reading a temperature of 100.4 or higher, they will let you go into the tent and cool down in case it was a false reading.
This could happen if someone is overheated from the sun. We’ll keep an eye on this and see how things go.
We also appreciate the hand sanitizer located at the entrance, one of many more to come.
By this point, you’ve already noticed signs in the parking lot, and there are many more stationed throughout Disney Springs.
There are a few types of signs. Some are warning you of the health risk of being in public and that you are taking full responsibility for this risk if something were to happen.
Other signs go over the various safety protocols that all guests need to follow including: hand washing, keeping proper distances, wearing a face mask, to cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze, to properly wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose.
Instead of traditional pamphlets and maps, everything is located on the virtual directories throughout the park, again so nothing it touched.
We were delighted by the greeting team of Cast Members that were at the entrances and various locations in Disney Springs. We found all the staff to be extremely helpful throughout our visit and very friendly too. Not that they aren’t usually friendly, but they went above and beyond.
Face coverings are required to be worn by guests and Cast Members throughout Disney Springs at all times. The only time you don’t have to wear one is when you are eating.
There are multiple signs posted throughout Disney Springs reminding guests to wear them. Overall we’d say everyone was really good so far in cooperating but we’re interested to
See our guide to Face Masks at Disney World for a more detailed explanation and answers to all your FAQs.
Queue Ground Signs
Ground markers are located outside of restaurants and shops and in any place a queue might form.
We love the design and they are easy to read and understand, even if you don’t understand English.
The thin marker says “Please Stand Here”
While the big ones are not to stand on and say “For Your Safety Please Do Not Stand Here.”
They are placed 6 feet apart, providing the proper distance between guests.
Some of the restaurants even have chain-link queues up in places where lines are expected to be especially long.
One interesting thing we saw was that when the line at Chicken Guy! got too long, Cast Members were outside measuring distances to extend the line more so guests could stand comfortably there.
There will probably be a lot of that going on in the theme parks.
Directional Arrows on the Walkways
This was a great idea and the directional arrows helps separate the crowds, especially in the tighter areas.
They keep guests going in opposite directions on the opposite side of the walkway so they never get too close.
Hand Washing Stations
The hand washing stations are conveniently located throughout Disney Springs and are easy for guests to use. They have a pedal to start the running water instead of a knob so you don’t have to touch anything with your hands.
Guests are invited to wash their hands often, using soap and water.
There are also dozens of hand sanitizer locations throughout Disney Springs making it easy for guests to use.
Eating outside is being encouraged in the Disney Springs restaurants, and you’ll notice the tables have been spread out with a far enough distance between them.
At any of the open bars or cash registers, you’ll see plastic shields up to help keep distance between guests and the cashiers.
As has been advertised, there were extra Cast Members cleaning the high traffic areas often such as handrails, doors, tables, etc.
One interesting change we weren’t thinking about was the garbage cans and we were surprised to find the doors removed so guests didn’t have to touch them when they want to throw something out.
Overall we think that the Disney Springs reopening was a major success. All the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and all the guests cooperated with the new guidelines. Some of them (wearing a mask) were hard to take, but ultimately if we want to go back to Disney World right now, some sacrifices are going to be made.
We look forward to the updates in the coming days as more restaurants and shops continue to reopen, and we are excited about the eventual reopening of the theme parks as well.
Stay tuned for more soon!
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Make sure to check with the official Disney Springs website for the latest info on the reopening and all the guidelines.
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