PHOTO REPORT: Disney Springs 5/21/20 (No Crowds, Social Distancing Markers, Construction Updates)

Good morning from an absolutely empty Disney Springs. Today, we walked through the shopping district’s second day of operations after Phase 1 reopening began.

Just like day one, temperature screening checkpoints were in place for all guests and cast members arriving.

Unlike yesterday’s reopening, the crowds were nonexistent throughout the day. Disney Springs security were holding guests until the district’s 10am opening time today as well.

Some stores, like Anthropologie, were open at 10am, while others didn’t open until 11am.

With the temperatures reaching into the 90’s this week, it is no wonder guests were not exactly clamoring to visit Disney Springs––an outdoor mall––today.

Work over at the “Shine Bar + Social” at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ was quiet today.

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company over at The Landing was open again, but there was no line to get in, despite the new “We’re Open” sign outside of the entrance.

Signs on the doors to The Boathouse store remind guests to keep face masks on at all times. You can check out our review of The Boathouse from yesterday’s reopening in our previous article.

While still closed, Pizza Ponte sports a certificate of cleanliness on the front door, much like Earl of Sandwich had.

The Starbucks over at The West Side opened for the first time since Disney Springs’ Phase 1 reopening today. However, to find the “Welcome Back” drink, you’ll have to go to the walk-up location over in the Marketplace.

Work on the new Beatrix site is quiet over at the West Side.

The work site at CityWorks was also quiet.

Guests inside Sunglass Icon are being advised that everything has been sanitized inside the store, and to place sunglasses into these bins after they’ve been tried on. Employees then take the bins in the back to sanitize them again before replacing them on the shelving displays.

There were no big crowds today to direct through the barriers by Ample Hills.

Even the NBA Experience big screen remains off.

Inside Pop Gallery, blue x’s on the ground mark social distancing spaces for guests in line to check out.

That does it for our visit to Disney Springs today. Stay tuned to WDWNT for the latest in Disney Parks news.

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May
10 days ago

Your pictures are awesome, they just lack one thing: people. Wow, when you say “no crowds” I didn’t know you mean “ghost town” Back when I went to DS last September, there were no crowds, meaning that I could go anywhere I wanted without smacking into people with every step, but there were people everywhere. This is so sad, though not as sad as me and my cancelled trip.

Natasha
Natasha
10 days ago

Doesn’t surprise me one bit! Until Disney gets rid of this dumb rule to suffocate their guests, the hotter it gets, the less people will come. They may show up in June for the reopening for WDW but wait until people start passing out.. either they will have to shut down again or the masks rule will go bye bye!

Frank W
Frank W
10 days ago

My family visited Disney Springs yesterday. The temperature checks were not at all intrusive and only took a second or two per person. No big deal. The Springs was practically deserted, no surprise since the very best stores were closed (World of Disney and Lego for example). Wearing face masks yesterday was miserable, just too hot. Each of us has our masks saturated by sweat in about 10 minutes. And while there were managers politely reminding you to wear masks (and gently warning you that this is private property and masks are required) they said nothing to the occasional Sheriff’s… Read more »

lorraine cramer
lorraine cramer
9 days ago
Reply to  Frank W

I totally agree, we each took several masks with us the day we went, I was ready to change to a third one but we decided to leave so just took the one I had on, off

Jeff
Jeff
10 days ago

Of course low crowds, no one wants to wear masks when its 90 degrees outside and limited items are offered at stores and restaurants.

Evelyn Marks
Evelyn Marks
10 days ago

The hot weather is not the reason Disney Springs was so empty. People are still not comfortable going out.

Dave
Dave
9 days ago

I’m in no rush to go walk around in a mask. Considering the masks available to the public are not N95 and specifically say they’re NOT for medical applications (cannot stop a virus passing through them), it’s now both an inconvenience AND ineffective. I’m happy to follow rules based in sound science, but the vast majority of procedures suggested as of late are bread from fear and not science.

No thanks. Sanitize everything – great. But I’m not walking around in a mask in 90 degree heat for fun, especially since it’s unlikely to do anything.

lorraine cramer
lorraine cramer
9 days ago

what time of day were you there, the first day we went an hour b4 anything opened up just to walk around, there were a few others also, but by the time we left at around 1 pm it was quite busy. Maybe people want more stores open like the outlet malls, now that was busy today

Ron
Ron
9 days ago

Do you guys know if either of the Starbucks locations at Disney Springs are carrying the new Star Wars Been There Mugs?

Tom Corless
Admin
7 days ago
Reply to  Ron

Not currently.

Ron
Ron
6 days ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Thanks …. trying to get anything off Shop Disney is a chore …. I’ll wait until they are readily available in a retail store …. thanks again!

Seattleite
Seattleite
8 days ago

Only a few shops are open, so that’s why it’s empty. Also, get a wearable fan or a cooling towel. Florida’s summers are hot and humid with or without a face mask.

Tom Corless
Admin
7 days ago
Reply to  Seattleite

I’m not sure why everyone is so defensive about how empty it is. It’s going to be empty for a long time folks.

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