When will Disney OPEN? Just more Click Bait NEWS?

So, you are nestled in your home and wondering when will Disney open back up? READ ON…

Dear Nina, we are getting nervous, we really want to keep on planning our Disney Vacation but don’t know when it will open. Can you answer that? We are still a go, can’t wait but will it open for our trip in Oct? Thanks again – Nancy AND every guest everywhere on the planet.

Hi Nancy and every Guest Everywhere, I am going to be 100% honest with you. I don’t know! Disney probably doesn’t know and I am thinking the Government doesn’t even know, yet.

There are many, many, many CLICK BAIT articles out there, even CLICK BAIT YouTube videos that have the title, “When WILL Disney Reopen”. The truth of it is, no-one knows and if some higher up, secret Disney Cast Member/CEO/Chair-member/Mickey Mouse does know, they haven’t shared it. Many are saying late May or June and others say not until Fall/Winter and some are saying not until 2021. I am personally at the point that I won’t even open those articles anymore, they are just causing stress and further worry. As always, Keep following my page for more tips & tricks and when Disney does announce something, I will 100% announce it on my page, in fact I will probably scream it so loud that the next state over can here me. But…here are some thoughts to consider, if and when Disney does open…

#1 – Reduced Hours/Experiences:

With everything going on, It would not surprise me if and when Disney reopens that they would have limited or reduced hours. I say this, as reducing the number of shows, parades, fireworks, etc could help with furthering “Social Distancing”. It would not surprise me if Fireworks are reduced to every other night or just 3 times a week. Fireworks & Parades draw crowds, so reducing those might help them feel like they are semi “Social Distancing”.

#2 – Limited Guests:

Reducing the number of Guests would be another way of keeping up with the trying to stay “6 feet” away from each other. I am not sure how this would all work and not pretending too, but I can 100% see them reducing the number of guests allowed in each park, in each ride line and shopping location. I can even see them only allowing Resort Guests for the first few weeks.

#3 – Dining:

This kinda feels like a no-brainer…but I would not be surprised if Dining changes a bit; buffets for example. I foresee them removing ALL buffets and family style meals and going full on Menu for ALL locations. I also wonder how Characters will continue to meet & greets guests. Certain characters might have to stay home; as washing fur might be harder than washing hands?? Just a thought??

#4 – Reduced Fastpasses, Lines:

This is another option that wouldn’t surprise me, in fact many are already complaining that certain fastpasses are harder to get than before. It wouldn’t shock me at all if ALL lines go to a Fastpass type or electronic waiting system. Thinking it could work like a Boarding Group or the DAS pass. This would reduce the number of people standing in line as well as also allowing you, as the guest, to experience other things like shopping, eating and my favorite – People Watching while “waiting in line”.

#5 – Medical Checks/Masks:

I know, I know…Medical Masks are the NEW cool things to wear, lots of super cute Disney Designs are already popping up BUT in all seriousness, It wouldn’t surprise me if Disney requires ALL guests to wear masks or at least ALL Cast Members when Disney opens back up. It also wouldn’t surprise me if guests are required to get Temperature Checks as well. They did it for Cruises, why not the parks? Many are also saying that Theme Parks could require people to take a quick Covid-19 test at entering, but not sure how real that is. Either way, the parks already put out Hand Washing Booths and Hand Sanitizer Stations so I can see them upping the ante.

Either way, we have a trip planned for June and are hoping it happens. As much as I don’t want a semi-reduced experience, I trust Disney. And I trust that they will do it right, making it safe for all. AND, I want OUT OF MY HOUSE!! We are staying home and doing what is asked of us as we are hoping that the sooner this is over and reduced, the sooner Mickey can come out and play again 🙂

So when will Disney open, I just don’t know. But I suggest everyone just keeps planning, having something to look forward to is good for the soul. Disney has been amazing at allowing guests to change dates or get refunds, so why not plan and hope and dream. Its the Disney way!!

Like what you read? Found these tips helpful? Consider booking with a Trained, Experienced Travel Agent who vacations at Disney more times than they can count and knows the systems and policies inside and out. Booking with an expert CAN make your trip that much better.

Nina is a Highly Experienced Travel Agent who Specializes in Disney. She loves to share her knowledge and help her clients have the trip of a lifetime. She specializes in Making Memories, Family Destinations, Food Allergies and Special Needs. But she books Disney & Beyond, so contact her TODAY for a quote!!

5 FREE things at Disney World

After spending your savings to vacation at Disney, LEARN about 5 things that are FREE.

Dear Nina, we are SO excited about our trip. Thanks again for all of your help and spot-on advice. I am wondering what else I need to save for, outside of our Disney Resort Package. Anything that is FREE, lol? Anything we can enjoy without an extra cost? Thanks again – Tim.

Hi Tim, I am SO excited for your family!! So based on your package, you are ALL set with the Resort, Park Tickets and Food, so all you need to save for are tips (Waitress, Housekeeping, Bell Service, Bus Driver, etc) and Souvenirs. PS – I think everyone NEEDS Mouse Ears 🙂

As far as FREE, not sure if this is what you are talking about, but many people don’t realize the following things (see my list). Not to mention I get asked often if the shows, parades, etc are FREE – they are!! My family LOVES the Shows, they are so well put together and the acting/singing is top-notch, think Broadway. Keep following my page for more tips & tricks and enjoy my LIST of FREE items at Disney:

#1 – Celebration Pins:

So, this might not seem like a HUGE perk, but all Disney Visitors can get a Celebration Button. So if you are celebrating a Birthday, Wedding Anniversary, Engagement, Milestone or like that one time I celebrated a “Trip SANS Kids”…I got a button for FREE. Ask at your resort or Guest Services in the Parks.

#2 – ICE WATER:

Again, might not seem like a HUGE win, but when you take into the cost of bottled water at the parks, FREE is sure a deal. You can ask for FREE Ice Water at ANY Quick Service Dining Location. TIP: Pack a refillable water bottle or sippy cup and pour that water in – no need to hunt down straws or lids.

#3 – KIDCOT FUN SPOT:

SEE my EPCOT post on this one, but WOW what fun. Your kids can explore all the countries in the World Showcase and collect Cards from ALL the countries, not to mention learn a few NEW words from around the world. Take the time to talk to the Cast Members, they always make our trip special and very magical.

#4 – WILDERNESS EXPLORES:

Head over to Animal Kingdom for this FUN Activity. I get so many people who think Animal Kingdom won’t be a FULL day park, well once your kids fall in love with collecting “badges” from this activity, you will find yourself exploring Animal Kingdom ALL DAY. You can’t miss these zones, look for the Wilderness Explores Signs or Cast Members dressed like Russel from UP.

#5 – CARDS:

Did you know there are 2 types of cards you can collect on property? One being from the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Scavenger Game and the other comes from Transportation (Wild About Safety) posts around property. Who else loves the Timon & Pumbaa Safety Spot Cartoons that play in your Disney Resort Room, well now you can collect cards 🙂 The Sorcerers game is SO much fun, especially if you have time to kill in the parks or are living with a gamer.

Like what you read? Found these tips helpful? Consider booking with a Trained, Experienced Travel Agent who vacations at Disney more times than they can count and knows the systems and policies inside and out. Booking with an expert CAN make your trip that much better.

Nina is a Highly Experienced Travel Agent who Specializes in Disney. She loves to share her knowledge and help her clients have the trip of a lifetime. She specializes in Making Memories, Family Destinations, Food Allergies and Special Needs. But she books Disney & Beyond, so contact her TODAY for a quote!!

Disney Spring Amphicar Experience

Headed to Disney and looking for something new to do? Perhaps you are celebrating and want something special? READ to learn about the Amphicar…

Hey guys, thought I would take a break from Epcot and discuss one our favorite hidden gems – the Amphicar at Disney Springs in Disney World. Its the perfect experience for a family, couple or anyone celebrating. Its kinda pricey, but worth it for this once in a lifetime experience.

Amphicar – Disney Spring
Location:

They are located in Disney Springs, previously known at Downtown Disney. You will find them NEXT door to The Boathouse, a nice restaurant located along the water front. You can’t miss them, just look for the classic looking cars that drive into the water. There is often a crowd of people near-by watching as some lucky family gets to take the tour of a lifetime.

What are they:

An Amphilcar is what it sounds like, its a boat-car. It can drive on the road like a car and ALSO drive in the water like a boat. Its the best of both worlds 😉 Created in Germany in the 1960’s, with just under 4,000 created they are a rare treat. Even more rare as only about 400 exist today with Disney owning 8 of them.

The Skinny:

So…I will not lie, this experience is not cheap…but it is worth it. For $125 (plus tip for the Captain), you can take a 25 min tour around Disney Springs in the lagoon/lake. It fits about 3-4 people and you can get a $25 discount if also dining at The Boathouse restaurant, as we did. Grab your camera, grab some loved ones and enjoy. Our Captain was very chatty with lots of great tips and info and yes, he was actually a Captain. Not just anyone can drive these babies, not at Disney anyways. Watch the video and see what I mean.

The Experience:

AS soon as these came out, I knew we just HAD to do it. How cool is it to say you were on water, in a CAR?!?! The kids loved it, I loved it and hubby enjoyed learning all the mechanical stuff behind the classic boat/car. TIP: Make sure to have the memory maker as they took super cool pics of us in the Amphicar and I got them ALL for FREE. Others were paying for the pictures. WE would totally do this again and also found The Boathouse to be yummy, service was rough the night we went, but thats how it goes sometimes. We give it an A+ expereince, perfect for a celebration or for the family that is looking for something NEW to do at Disney.

AS always, I love talking Disney and have the most up to date info and planning advise…it is what I do 🙂 If looking to book a trip, let me know.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along on my Blog – Nina