Walt Disney World Unveils Cinderella Castle's Makeover Ahead of Park Reopening Date

Ahead of reopening Walt Disney World to the public, Disney has revamped parts of its park experience with a number of new safety protocols in place intended to keep guests and cast members safe amid the ongoing pandemic.

Changes include hand sanitizer and handwashing stations around the parks, the markings on the ground in queues to maintain social distancing, signs reminding guests to stay six-feet apart and a “social distance squad” engaging with guests.

Visitors are also required to make reservations for each park online prior to admission. The number of guests allowed in will also be significantly reduced during the first phase of the reopening, and capacity will be reduced on attractions, various modes of transportation and in restaurants and retail stores.

In order to reduce unnecessary contact between guests and cast members, Disney has also implemented touch-free technology for scanning tickets and making payments. QR codes are placed around the park for guests to scan with their mobile phones. These can be used to order food, make reservations, find information and more. The use of the parks' existing digital "magic" wristbands will also cut down on face-to-face transactions wherever possible, and cashless payment methods will be encouraged.

Disney will reopen Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom to the public on July 11, and Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15. The parks have all been closed since March.

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