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View Poll Results: When will WDW and DL reopen?
April 2020 2 2.56%
May 2020 25 32.05%
June 2020 30 38.46%
July 2020 10 12.82%
August - December 2020 9 11.54%
2021 or later 2 2.56%
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:49 PM   #31
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I have been speculating/hoping for a Memorial Day weekend "soft" opening.



Still waiting for the closure extension announcement from Disney.
I agree that Memorial Day seems pretty reasonable.

It's a few weeks after 8 week guidance would expire from the CDC, in which after this time Disney could (hopefully) stagger the opening of attractions that are easier to keep people apart and open the large theater type attractions later. Some of the queues seem next to impossible to implement "social distancing", though they probably can get creative with the zig-zags to keep the lines from being right next to each other.
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:17 PM   #32
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I agree that Memorial Day seems pretty reasonable.

It's a few weeks after 8 week guidance would expire from the CDC, in which after this time Disney could (hopefully) stagger the opening of attractions that are easier to keep people apart and open the large theater type attractions later. Some of the queues seem next to impossible to implement "social distancing", though they probably can get creative with the zig-zags to keep the lines from being right next to each other.
This will be a very interesting part of their reopening. Consider how many rides and attractions include some area or another in which we are to 'fill in all available space,' not to mention the fireworks crowds, the herd exiting from Fantasmic, etc.

They will likely make some changes, but the simple reality is that WDW could not implement any permanent opportunity for the social distancing that is the norm for this outbreak. People will have to return to being accustomed to being near one another at Disney and many other parts of our society.

To your point, this very issue could inform the rate and order of their reopening.
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Old 03-27-2020, 10:21 AM   #33
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This will be a very interesting part of their reopening. Consider how many rides and attractions include some area or another in which we are to 'fill in all available space,' not to mention the fireworks crowds, the herd exiting from Fantasmic, etc.

They will likely make some changes, but the simple reality is that WDW could not implement any permanent opportunity for the social distancing that is the norm for this outbreak. People will have to return to being accustomed to being near one another at Disney and many other parts of our society.

To your point, this very issue could inform the rate and order of their reopening.
They will create opportunity for social distancing by slashing capacity and keeping attractions/shows closed that encourage people cluster together.

I totally understand opening Epcot later. Have you ever tried to walk from World Showcase Plaza to Norway through Mexico once evening comes? That is one mosh pit on even average days.

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Old 03-27-2020, 01:22 PM   #34
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I am really hoping for May1. We have a super short visit planned on our way to our FL 2nd home that first week in May. For whatever reason, I am really excited by this visit.
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:39 PM   #35
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Posted this on another thread - hate to be a wet blanket but I think it's going to be a while. As long as there is concern about people traveling from hot spots, I just don't think any of the FL parks are going to be allowed to open.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
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Old 03-27-2020, 03:57 PM   #36
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Closed until further notice. Here's Disney's text:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/travel-information/

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Update on Walt Disney World Resort Operations


The safety and well-being of our Guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company’s top priority.

As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice.

We will continue to stay in regular contact with appropriate officials and health experts.

Below, you’ll find information on impacts to current and upcoming plans. Please continue to check back for additional updates.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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Old 03-27-2020, 08:38 PM   #37
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Honestly, at this point, I expect May 11 or later, and post-Memorial Day wouldn't surprise me. It will take several days to just ramp up to open (re-establish roles, training, stock, reconfigure lines, capacities, seating arrangements, aisle widths in stores, etc.).

WDW is not going to open up to the way things were before. I wouldn't be surprised to discover they have a "staff report" date followed by an open date 1-2 weeks
This. I voted June but really think (hope) it will be Memorial Day weekend. Mid-May will be 2 months and the additional time would allow for training. I already cancelled my May trip and am holding out for December.
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Old 03-30-2020, 05:25 AM   #38
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I think they were made aware of the 8 week reccomendation before it was announced.

There are a lot of things that weren't supposed to happen until May that were done preemptively, like cutting the entertainment at Epcot (especially BR) and ending the Spring DCP session, that makes me believe that they knew they wouldn't need them until then.
That's what I was thinking. Dismissing the college kids so abruptly was probably because they knew it wouldn't open soon and having all those GenZers confined under their supervision was a lawsuit waiting to happen. As we've seen GenZers are not good about staying home alone. (I say that with love and experience. All my nieces and nephews are GenZers.)
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Posted this on another thread - hate to be a wet blanket but I think it's going to be a while. As long as there is concern about people traveling from hot spots, I just don't think any of the FL parks are going to be allowed to open.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
I know we now have the hindsight of the parks being closed "indefinitely" but, I agree with you tink. I voted August - December.

The virus will not be going away [most likely] anytime soon. If it does burnout, that would be a miracle, but I don't see that happening. Amusement parks have always been a Petri dish and this virus is obviously very communicable, so that creates big issues for keeping this thing at bay.
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Old 04-09-2020, 04:27 PM   #40
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Universal just announced closure through at least May 31st. I'd expect Disney to follow with something similar.
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