We were so excited to be a part of opening day as Disney World’s Disney Springs began its phased reopening on May 20th. I want to share our experiences as we visited on opening day. Welcome to Disney Springs: The NEW Normal.
Disney Springs: The NEW Normal
Starting our day, we parked in the Orange parking garage. This is one of three garages, which only two were available to park in during this phased opening. From there we had to go through a touch-less temperature screening before entry. Many cast members, security officers & Advent health care workers happily greeted everyone as we entered. A positive friendly “Disney style welcome”.
Face Masks & Hand Washing
Wearing a face covering is required at Disney Springs except for when you are eating & drinking. Plenty of signage with safety procedures could be found all throughout Disney Springs, guiding guest on what to do to remain safe during their visit.
Hand washing stations as well as touch-less hand sanitizer stands were also available in many locations. Guest were encouraged to use them frequently. I did see many guest using these stations and of course, we did as well. Cast members were also seen wiping down handrails, doors, windows, and benches. Working very hard to ensure our safety!
I know it is for our safety and the safety of others but I honestly do not like wearing a mask. I DID follow the rules though! So, since the only time we can have it off was when we were eating or drinking, let us just say we ate…. A LOT. Honestly, eating a lot would have happened either way but using the mask as an excuse just did not make eating so much look as bad! HAHA.
Low Crowds Equal New Experiences
We tried out a new restaurant this trip: Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza. Inside seating in the AC was available, which was a great relief. Tables were spaced out and employees were steadily cleaning doors, counters, tables and everything anyone touched. They were cleaning every single thing. The pizza was delicious AND gluten free for me. I also had a yummy salad.
Chicken Guy! is a fun quick service restaurant that is known for it’s mouthwatering chicken and its many flavor town sauces. Like the other locations that are open, markings could be found on the ground to help everyone keep a safe distance. Cleaning was also being done frequently and employees seemed incredibly happy to be back working again. My favorite meal here is a grilled chicken sandwich on a gluten free bun with fries.
Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC – I am all about the sweets so of course I had to stop in my favorite bakery! I try to visit every time we are in Disney Springs. I was excited to get two of my favorite’s pineapple upside down cakes and a lemon tea cake. January was the last time I visited this bakery, so I was extremely excited to get these goodies again. Only one family at a time was allowed in to order as this is a small bakery. Markings on the floor were there to help guide everyone through the ordering process. Lots of cleaning was going on here as well.
The hot Florida sun was blazing so a cool drink was a nice refreshment from Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company. A frozen strawberry drink really hit the spot.
Disney Springs: The NEW Normal, but a great experience!
We had a great day in my opinion and the reopening of Disney Springs went very well. I felt completely safe. The procedures they have in place flowed well and I am looking forward to our next visit. Other locations that were also open on May 20, 2020 in Disney World’s Disney Springs.
- 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
- The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group
- The BOATHOUSE®
- Chapel Hats
- Columbia Sportswear
- Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers
- Earl of Sandwich®
- Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear
- Free People
- Frontera Cocina
- Happy Hound
- Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company®
- Lucky Brand
- Luxury of Time by Diamonds International
- Pandora® Jewelry
- Paradiso 37 Entertainment
- Pelé Soccer
- Planet Hollywood
- The Polite Pig
- Pop Gallery
- Ron Jon Surf Shop®
- Royally Yours by Arribas Brothers
- Savannah Bee Company
- Sosa Family Cigars
- STK Orlando
- Sugarboo & Co.
- Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs Marketplace
- Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs West Side
- Vera Bradley
- Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
- Wine Bar George – A Restaurant & Bar
- YeSake Kiosk
Disney Springs will continue the phase on May 27, 2020 with the reopening some of the Disney World owned restaurants/stores. Included are some fan favorites like World of Disney, D-Luxe Burger (mobile order) and the Marketplace Co-Op.
Did you get to visit on opening day? We would love to hear your experiences if you went to Disney Springs. What are your thoughts on Disney Springs: The NEW Normal? Come visit us at DISNEY EXPRESS LANE, Facebook and tell us about it!
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