Right now, all eyes are on Shanghai Disneyland, which will be the first Disney theme park worldwide to reopen next week on May 11, 2020. And though the massive health and safety measures being implemented there are definitely something we'll be watching with interest, many are wondering when Disney Parks in the US could reopen. And while Disney has said that they have nothing to share at this time when it comes to a reopening date, they did release a blueprint for what guests can expect once the parks in the US are ready to reopen.
1. Disney Springs and Downtown Disney will open first as part of a phased reopening
Disney has confirmed that they will not be reopening their US parks and resorts all at once and are going to be looking at implementing a gradual reopening and/or partial reopening of certain locations which could include retail and dining establishments prior to the opening of the theme parks. Though we already kind of figured this would happen, we now have confirmation that Disney will be opening small pieces of their US resorts at first to try and ease back in to operations in this new world.
2. Virtual queues will be used to maintain social distancing
When Disney parks finally do reopen at some later date, Disney has confirmed that they will be limiting both the amount of guests who can enter the park as well as the number of people who will be let in to indoor queue spaces. This restriction will be managed with a wider roll out of the virtual queue system, which has thus far been used only for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which will be managed with the My Disney Experience app.
3. Temperature checks and mandatory masks will be implemented in some way
Disney has confirmed that they will be using "enhanced screening procedures" at the front of their parks, which likely means that touchless temperature checks will be used at the gates. In addition, some mandatory mask usage will be used, although it is currently unknown if Cast Members, Guests or both will be required to use this type of personal protective equipment.