What You Need to Know About Restaurants in Disney World Reopening
When stay-at-home orders were put into place, restaurants and grocery stores began to create plans for keeping customers and guests safe. Other establishments, like malls, hair and nail salons and amusement parks were unable to do the same. But with things returning to normal, they can start to test just what that might look like.
After months of no rides, no characters, and no guests, Disney World is officially opening up the park in July. But employees are coming back and some amenities are opening starting June 22, including some resort restaurants! (Restaurants in the park will open when the park does on July 11.)
But, just because they are scheduled to open, doesn't mean there aren't new rules, according to Walt Disney World News Today.
The park says you will need to schedule a reservation up to 60 days in advance to dine at restaurants if you are not staying at a Disney Vacation Club resort or Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Limited space will ensure proper social distancing. Face masks must be worn by all guests over the age of two in public areas. The only exception is when you're sitting down to eat. Buffet-style restaurants aren't scheduled to open yet since they're a proven breeding ground for germs.
Download the My Disney Experience app on your phone before you head out so you have all the latest information with you. You can also use the app to order or scan menus at Disney restaurants that are opening. The park is also highly recommending that guests use cashless or contactless forms of payment. There won't be any shows or character dining (except a modified experience at Topolino's Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera at the Riviera Resort). To see all Disney restaurants opening, check the Dining page.
Before the pandemic, they've only closed parks a few times since opening California's Disneyland in 1955 and Florida's Disney World in 1965. Hurricanes, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Sept. 11 attacks all forced the parks to close their doors unexpectedly, says the New York Times.
If you're itching for a Disney experience, some restaurants in Disney Springs, an outdoor shopping and dining experience in Lake Buena Vista, Florida are open. Be prepared to have your temperature checked before entering and limited parking is available.