Let’s take the kids back to Disney. Sort of.

Limited opening at Disney Springs begins

If you have a family trip to Walt Disney World planned for this summer, it’s unlikely to happen like you originally envisioned. COVID-19 closures shut the parks and resorts down entirely, leaving many families plans in flux.

However, part one, phase one of the reopening of Walt Disney World has begun. This week, Disney Springs (you may know it as Downtown Disney depending on when your last trip was,) began a limited reopening.

Entrance to the shopping/dining/entertainment district begins with a temperature screening and plenty of social distance reminders. Face coverings are mandatory and there is signage reminding people of the risks at this time. There are hand washing stations and plenty of reminders about how to behave, but it is open to the public.

Several restaurants are offering outdoor seating, while others remain closed. Some shopping is available.

But as you’ll see if you follow along with Disney Vlogger/expert Lou Mongello’s two hour and 20 minute realtime walkthrough of Disney Springs, the sun is shining, the music is playing and people are wearing their Mouse ears as they get back outside.



If you’re a Disney fan or if you’ve got a trip on the schedule, this video in particular comes as a much-needed escape to a favorite family getaway. Through much of it, there’s a light breeze blowing through the palm trees, and a good, long sit at The Landing is just what the doctor ordered.

If you want more, he went back at night. If you’re so inclined, have dinner at The Boathouse with Lou.


Here’s a little more of what you can expect on your trip:

New Health And Safety Protocols At Disney Springs

Disney cast members in easily identifiable, brightly colored shirts will be walking throughout Disney Springs to answer guest questions about new health and safety protocols for the shopping, dining and entertainment district. (Photo: Disney)


New Health And Safety Reminders At Disney Springs

Signage at Disney Springs reminds guests of new health and safety protocols in place. While visiting Disney Springs, guests must maintain physical distancing and those 3 years of age and older must wear a face covering at all times, among other new guidelines. (Olga Thompson, photographer)


Hand Washing Stations At Disney Springs

A Disney cast member cleans his hands using a new hand-washing station installed at the shopping, dining and entertainment district. Guests are encouraged to wash their hands frequently while visiting Disney Springs. (Olga Thompson, photographer)


Physical Distancing At Disney Springs

Disney cast members demonstrate appropriate physical distancing outside the World of Disney store. New ground signage will help guests maintain physical distancing while queueing to enter the store. (Olga Thompson, photographer)



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