A Phased Reopening of Disney Springs is Scheduled for May 20

I am cautiously optimistic and excited to hear this news coming from out from Disney. Our family enjoys exploring all the dining and entertainment that can be found at Disney Springs. Whenever we can, we try to stay in a resort that is within walking distance or a short boat ride to it. We are scheduled to visit in October and have our fingers crossed that things will be open…even if it means with restrictions in place for the safety of cast members and guests.

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Disney has announced that they will begin reopening Disney Springs in phases beginning May 20, 2020. They are looking to health and government officials for guidance on the best way to reopen. There will be a limited volume of dining and shopping businesses operated by third-party operators allowed to open during this first phase. The remainder of Walt Disney World (including hotels and theme parks) will continue to be shut down.

Disney announced:

As we continue to monitor conditions, and with the health of Guests and Disney Cast Members at the forefront of our planning, we are making several operational changes. Disney Springs will begin to reopen in a way that incorporates enhanced safety measures, including increased cleaning procedures, the use of appropriate face coverings by both Cast Members and Guests, limited-contact Guest services and additional safety training for cast members.

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Disney says they will continue to listen to and apply what they learn from the leaders in both the travel and health industries. They are also working with the unions to prepare some Cast Members to return to work at Walt Disney World.

For the time being, there will be limited capacity, hours of operation, and parking at Disney Springs. Disney gave their thanks and appreciation during this time as they try to open in a responsible manner. They also noted that there may be further protocols and procedures announced once we get closer to the opening date. I look forward to hearing what they may be as they may be seen as a standard for travel throughout the theme park industry.


More Mobile Ordering Locations Available at Walt Disney World Resort

Mobile ordering service is available at over 35 locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort at Disney resort hotels, Disney Springs shopping and entertainment district, as well as the Walt Disney World theme parks.

This service is available using the My Disney Experience app. You can order ahead from where you happen to be and pick up your drinks and food at the time that works best for you. If you have purchased a Disney dining plan, you can redeem your snack and meal credits using the mobile ordering app. So go ahead and order that DOLE Whip if you’re at the Magic Kingdom–or some Blue Milk while exploring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

During the past couple of months, mobile ordering has been added to some additional Disney Resort hotel locations including: The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Capt. Cooks at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Gasparilla Island Grill at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and the Riverside Mill Food Court at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside. In all, the mobile ordering service is available in 14 of the Disney resort hotels. Whether you want a hearty breakfast before heading out to spend the day in the theme parks or you want to enjoy a light dessert after a fun-filled day, you’ve got new options to make the most of your time.

So spend more time relaxing and enjoying time with your family and friends and less time waiting in lines and use the mobile ordering app during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.


Coming to Disney Springs: Beatrix

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Disney has announced that a new restaurant, Beatrix, will be coming to Disney Springs. Beatrix will be opening their first restaurant in Florida at Disney Springs West Side. Beatrix is owned and operated by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (a Chicago-based restaurant group).

Beatrix is a neighborhood restaurant, a coffeehouse, and a grab-and-go market that features healthy food options that includes gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian offerings. You will also find fresh-squeezed juice cocktails. The restaurant will have a bakery along with a full-service bar that includes a selection of all-American beer and wine. Marc Jacobs, Executive Partner and Divisional President says: “Beatrix represents the way people are eating today – it’s that mix of health and comfort. Whether grabbing a cup of coffee and your favorite pastry, or having a cocktail, lunch, or dinner with friends, it’s your neighborhood meeting place.”

We’ll be keeping an eye out for more updates on Beatrix – as well as other anticipated eatery openings of City Works Eatery and Pour House and Ample Hills Creamery – both slated to open at Disney Springs.