What We Know: Disney Springs & More

What We Know: Disney Springs & More

Tracking the return to normalcy at the Walt Disney World resort.

Reopening Disney Springs

Disney is getting ready to reopen Disney Springs later this week in phases. Like Universal’s CityWalk reopening last week, this will be a big step toward WDW execs getting a real world look at some of the social distancing plans they have for the theme parks. While there’s a large gulf operationally between Disney Springs on a Tuesday morning at 9am, and say, Magic Kingdom at park closing, you have to start somewhere. As with a lot of things, just getting started is often the hardest part. Hopefully, this opening will provide some momentum toward a reasonable reopening of the rest of the resort. The latest…

Of course, all social distance planning works great…until you involve actual people. A scene from Universal’s CityWalk from over the weekend…

Reopening the Parks

The truth is, we still don’t know a lot about the theme parks reopening plan at the moment. As evidenced by the Disney Springs plan, their does appear to be some momentum toward a reopening sooner rather than later (2021). What that actually looks like in practice (e.g. what parks? when?, etc.), is absolutely anybody’s guess at this point. A few weeks (or less) post-Disney Springs opening should provide some clarity on the situation. However, I hope no one expects this to be a flip-the-switch kind of thing….cause it there’s no chance of that happening. The latest…

Elsewhere

Outside of the Disney bubble, there’s a lot of activity around managing the re-opening process at other resorts and entertainment venues. Two stories of particular interest to Disney folks…

Virus Tracking

It looks like coronavirus deaths and new cases in Florida are, more or less, holding serve right now. I expect this pattern to continue for the next few weeks. We’ll know around that time, what, if any, effects from the re-opening policies will be. While there is much controversy around the validity of these stats, we do know they are driving Disney exec decisions around park reopening plans. Numbers…

That’s all for today. More as it breaks. Stay tuned.

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