Disney is starting to update guests and what to expect and plan for for their trips to the parks during the COVID-19 adjustments and social distancing guidelines. Select Disney Resort Hotels, all the priciests ones, will come back online on June 22nd. The parks will not open until July 11th for the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom and July 15th for EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
In preparation for this Disney has offered the following information about dining at the Walt Disney World Resort:
What you will need:
Before you dine at Walt Disney World Resort, please note that you will need both a Face Covering and a Confirmed Dining Reservation:
- Face coverings for each Guest age 2 and up, which must be worn in all public areas—including while entering and exiting dining locations—and can be removed while eating or drinking
- Planning to dine at a table-service restaurant in a Disney Resort hotel? A confirmed dining reservation is required for day Guests (those not staying overnight) and is highly recommended for Guests staying overnight at a Disney Resort hotel.
Contactless or cashless payment is also recommended.
In-Park Dining Reservations are currently not being taken.
“At this time, dining reservations are not available. Reservations will resume at a later date.
When in-park dining initially becomes available, you’ll need valid park admission, a reservation for park entry and a dining reservation to dine at an in-park, table-service restaurant. Dining reservations do not guarantee admission to the park.”
What Health and Hygiene Steps are Being Taken?
Here are the new health and hygiene measures that will be implemented across Walt Disney World dining locations:
- Enhanced Cleaning: We’ve increased cleaning in high-traffic areas such as public elevators and escalators, handrails, benches, tables, handles, restrooms and more. Additionally, seating areas, dining areas and pagers will be cleaned between Guests.
- Reduced-Contact Menus: Menus will be shared in ways to minimize contact. At quick-service restaurants, menus will be displayed on signage. And at table-service restaurants, you can scan a code with your mobile device to access the digital menu.
- Self-Serve Changes: Beverages and other items that were previously self-serve will instead be served by Cast Members
Here are the new steps they are using to avoid contact during payment:
- Mobile Order Service.
- Scannable Codes for Select Restaurant Menus: While at a table-service restaurant, you can use your own mobile device to scan a code for access to the digital menu.
- Cashless Payments: At this time, it is recommended all Guests use cashless payment options, including debit cards, credit cards and Disney Gift Cards. Guests can also opt for contactless payment options—such as mobile wallets—or use cash to purchase a Disney Gift Card at Guest Relations and select merchandise locations. Disney Resort hotel Guests can also use MagicBands to charge their purchase to their Disney Resort hotel folio.
Disney also lists “other changes.” This includes the part about Topolino’s Terrace:
- Menu items may vary. For specific menu information, check the restaurant’s online menu when the restaurant reopens.
Character Dining will not be offered during the initial reopening, with the exception of a modified Character Dining experience at Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera.
- Dinner shows will not be offered during the initial reopening.
- Dining locations will be limited in capacity. Some locations will remain temporarily closed.
- Private dining and in-room delivery will not be offered during the initial reopening window.
- Mobile order service will be offered at select quick-service dining locations throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks (when open), Disney Springs and select Disney Resort hotels.
So during the initial phases of reopening until who knows when, Disney character dining will be unavailable except at Topolino’s Terrace- Flavors of the Riviera. Of course it will be.
Here are the changes to cancellations, modifications and refunds:
- All pre-paid dining and experience reservations impacted by the closure will be automatically refunded.
- Reservations made at locations impacted by the closure will not be charged a cancellation or no-show fee.
- We have made the difficult decision to cancel and temporarily no longer offer Disney dining plans. If you have an existing Resort package with a Disney dining plan, we will update your reservation to reflect the removal of the dining plan from your package. The package price will be adjusted accordingly. You will receive a refund if you have already paid in full or a reduction in amount due if you have not yet made final payment.
Please keep all of these changes in mind when you are planning your trip to Walt Disney World. We don’t know how long these changes will be in effect.
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Source: Walt Disney World
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