According to the official statement, Disney World is closed “until further notice.”
Big questions still remain about exactly when Disney World will reopen. But, while we’re waiting for some of the early signs that we may see a reopening soon, many are speculating on when that might be. So, of course, we wanted to know YOUR thoughts! Spoiler alert, the opinions were far from unanimous!
Between the unprecedented nature of the health crisis and the constant evolution of available information, it’s tough to truly gauge when we might see Disney World reopen. (Click here to see what some analysts are saying.) So we asked our followers on Instagram when they think the parks will allow guests to return and the responses were verrrry interesting!
We received 286 responses in the first few minutes, and the reactions were mixed — 28 said May, 102 said June, 59 said July, 28 said August, 26 said September, and 42 said October 2020 or later. Here’s a visual breakdown of the results!
So, between May and June, nearly half of the respondents expect the parks to reopen in the next two months, while the rest think it will take longer! Let’s take a look at the reasons people gave behind their predictions.
Of the 286 instagram follower responses, 10% think the parks will reopen in May. Several people mentioned that since the Florida beaches are beginning to reopen, it appears that the state is on the way to opening back up.
Others also mentioned that Disney’s closure has a financial impact on both the company and the state, so they expect both to be eager for Disney to reopen.
Of the people who responded, 36% expect Disney World to reopen in June, making it the most popular answer. They shared some of the same reasoning for this answer as they did for the month of May — people mentioned the reopening of other Florida businesses and public spaces as well as the financial impact of an extended closure.
Many people also said that if Disney World does resume operations in June, they expect a phased reopening. One reader said they think that Disney World will reopen in early June, “after beaches, parks, businesses, then a phased Disney opening.”
Now for the second most popular answer — 21% of readers think Disney World will open in July. People mentioned that they expect Disney to take additional precautions including deep cleaning, implementing new safety measures, and waiting to see how the virus responds.
Followers choosing July also said that they don’t expect the number of cases to decline enough until July. As one reader put it, “I think the summer will bring a decline in the virus and they will reopen in phases.”
Moving further out, 10% expect an August reopening. Some readers said they expect Disney to wait until after the peak of summer, so there is less chance for large crowds.
One reader mentioned that Disney will need time to implement new procedures, saying, “[There] needs to be a lot more testing and Disney needs time to train/reopen.”
A less popular response, 9% of readers expect a September reopening. Several people cited annual events that may be important to Disney World, including Labor Day weekend and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
Someone also referenced the new government guidelines, and said based on this, they don’t expect Disney will be able to reopen until September.
October 2020 or Later
The remaining 15% of respondents don’t expect Disney World to reopen until October 2020 or later. Of the 42 people in this category, the responses were widespread. A handful said they expect an October opening, while others said they think winter is more realistic.
Some even said they don’t think Disney World will reopen until 2021, given the current level of uncertainty. As one reader said, “Not until they develop a vaccine. I don’t think until 2021.”
It’s interesting to see the varying opinions people have for when they expect Disney World to reopen. It’s understandable responses were so widespread since no one (including many high-profile analysts!) has solid information on exactly when the parks will welcome guests back. As always, we’ll keep an eye out for any news surrounding a potential reopening! Until then, hang in there, guys!
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When do you expect Disney World to reopen? Let us know in the comments!