We’ve already shown you a look into parking, temperature checks, and we have also reviewed the new “Welcome Back” drink at Starbucks! But now its time for us to hit a few Disney Springs shops!
Disney announced many third party stores along with non-Disney owned restaurants would be permitted to reopen starting today, May 20th. We’re going to be stopping by each location to see how they each approached the new health and safety protocols, but we’ve got A LOT of ground to cover, so we’ll keep updating this post as we visit more stores!
And remember — Disney-owned locations (such as World of Disney) will begin reopening May 27th, but for, now, here’s what’s happening at some the Disney Springs retailers!
We stopped by clothing and home decor retailer Anthropologie to see what modifications they’ve made for their reopening.
A notice at the front welcomes guests back and includes a few of the safety measures the store is taking to keep guests and staff safe. This includes social distancing, keeping the store extra-clean with increased sanitary practices, and having associates available to address any concerns guests might have.
The biggest physical difference we spotted at the store is a large plexiglass shield has been installed at the cash registers.
We also saw a large bottle of hand sanitizer was put out for guests and employees to use.
We popped into Uniqlo to see what precautions they’re taking to keep their guests and workers safe. A greeter stationed at the door was also available to help with guests with any online orders they may have placed for in-store pick-up!
There was also new signage like this welcome back sign which included some of Uniqlo’s new policies! They’re limiting capacity, practicing social distancing, accepting mobile payment, and might be modifying some of their guests services such as limiting dress rooms. When we visited, the dressing rooms were open and they were staggering guests in every-other fitting room.
Markers have been added to guide guests’ movements throughout the store. They’re more subtle than some of the markers we’ve seen other stores using, but they’re present.
Plexiglass barriers have been installed at Uniqlo’s cash registers as well.
Employees are using every-other cash register and wiping down the card readers between each guest’s transaction.
Uniqlo employees are also encouraging guests to bag their own items.
We stopped by Basin bright and early this morning to see what was happening inside this store that sells luxury bath and body products!
This store sells tons of beautiful soaps, bath bombs, and all sorts of wonderful smelling-stuff! Even though we were wearing our face masks, we could still smell all the wonderful scents in the air! While you CAN still handle the product, Basin requests you keep your “touching of stuff” to a minimum.
We also discovered Basin has bundles of travel-sized hand sanitizer for sale — it’s their own Premium brand and includes essential oils to keep your hands from becoming too dry! $20 will buy you a three-pack!
You CAN still test the products and wash your hands inside of Basin (do note that there are portable handwashing stations outside)! The samples are applied using disposable wooden sinks, which you can rinse them off using a touchless faucet.
Social distancing for customers was also being encouraged while markers showed guests where to stand while waiting to checkout.
Next, we stopped by Arribas Bros. to see what changes they are implementing.
Overall, the store looked pretty normal with loads of sparkly glass sculptures and crystal ornaments everywhere we turned.
We noticed a sign on the counter which provided additional safety information to guests. Cashless payments are not required but they are encouraged at this time.
And Cast Members were on hand to answer any questions! So far, each shop we’ve visited has had a greeter stationed right at its front door!
Signs on the counter also requested guests not to handle merchandise excessively. Additional items weren’t on display but you could request a Cast Member to show them to you.
There were also some signs on the ground indicating where guests should stand while waiting in line to make a purchase.
Ron Jon Surf Shop
At Ron Jon Surf Shop, we were able to have a quick chat with one of the managers. He said the team came in about a week ago to start cleaning the store and set up to welcome back guests. At check out, employees are now wiping down touchscreens in between each guest.
The team has also been having weekly calls to discuss the new procedures so that everyone would be ready to go once the store reopened. Everyone came in an hour early today to receive additional training while new signage had been put up and requesting guests to stay 6 feet apart while shopping.
Ron Jon is ONLY accepting cashless payments at this time.
We will be updating this post with new information, so be sure to check back. And if you have ANY questions about shopping in Disney Springs, please let us know!
Which protocols would help you feel safest as a shopper? Let us know in the comments!