Disney Springs is going to begin its phased reopening in one week, but Walt Disney World has even more planned very soon. After being closed for two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, third-party stores and dining locations will be reopening on May 20, 2020. Now, one of the union presidents is saying that Disney-owned retail locations and restaurants are going to open just four days later.
Last week, Disney Springs made the announcement of third-party vendors reopening. Earlier this week, all of the restaurants at the shopping district had reservations available to book on June 1. Now, word has come out that Memorial Day Weekend will bring about even more openings.
Eric Clinton, president of UNITE HERE, Local 362, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and said that Disney employees are anxious to get back to work. They know that an infection of COVID-19 is a valid concern, but they also need money to pay their bills since Florida's unemployment system is failing them.
"Some are anxious to get back because the unemployment system [in Florida] is completely broken."
To prepare for those additional locations, an additional 59 custodial cast members will return to work on May 24.