As you have undoubtedly heard, the Walt Disney World theme parks are now closed, with most of Disney Springs to close on March 17th, and all of the Disney-operated resorts here in Florida to shutter on Friday. There is no concrete reopening date and, at this point, any such guidance would be a wild guess based on circumstances that are rapidly changing.
What I’ve got going on personally is probably of little concern to too many out there, but I’m positioned fairly well to ride this thing out for however long it takes. As far as what you can expect to see on this website moving forward, over the next week or so, we’ll continue our series at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, taking a look at an afternoon arrival and how to go about touring that Park through close. I’ll follow that up with a Magic Kingdom rope drop. I’ll also finish up the Flower and Garden Festival reviews and we can take a walk around that Park to enjoy the flowers and topiaries. Once we’re done with that, I’ll spend most of my time updating and republishing old content so that we’re in the best possible position to continue outwitting the tourists once the theme parks reopen. I have a number of restaurant reviews, resort reviews, and the like to publish as well. This is, after all, a website that does not currently have an official Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance review. So if you do have some time over the coming days, weeks, and potentially months, there will be as much or more content to consume.
When the theme parks reopen, the website will be on the ground to cover whatever that looks like. My estimation is that it will be a relatively slow ramp up back to the crowd levels that we saw as recently as a week ago. That means the first couple of weeks should see low crowds and short wait times as people plan new trips and travel capacity increases. How quickly we see crowds increase will depend on how much notice we have that things are returning to normal and how bad things get in the interim. There will almost certainly be some deals and promotions to get people back out to Florida. Pent up demand should mean a bustling summer and fall, assuming that we’re looking at spending about eight weeks inside.
I do hope everyone out there is healthy and safe. I’ve met thousands of you over the past ten years of running this site, and your support means more to me than I would ever publicly acknowledge. Take care of yourselves and I’ll see you back out there, hopefully a lot sooner than later.