While Central Florida restaurants and retail were allowed to open under reduced capacity and physical distancing restrictions as of yesterday, there is still no official word on when Disney Springs might open.
That said, there were some signs of life around the shopping and dining district yesterday. Some delivery trucks were seen pulling up to backstage areas and the Grapefruit Garage, closed since mid-March, has reopened to cast member parking.
Down the street, Citywalk at Universal Orlando Resort could see at least a partial reopening as early as May 11. According to a report on Attractions Magazine, workers at the Starbucks there and Margarittaville have been told those locations are preparing to open then.
We’ve seen similar chatter on Twitter about employees being told that their locations at Disney Springs were preparing to reopen. But other workers are saying they haven’t heard anything from their locations.
That makes sense as different locations will find it easier than others to adapt to the physical distancing guidelines and implement health and safety measures. We don’t expect all the locations to open at once.
As of today Walt Disney World has been closed to guests for 50 days and the official word is that it is closed for an unknown period of time. That said, if Disney and its operating participants think they can open Disney Springs safely, we look forward to going and supporting some of our favorite locations, even if it’s just for takeout.