Walt Disney World in Florida temporarily closed due to COVID-19 back in mid March. Stores are beginning to open and some resorts will soon be following. However one store will be permanently closing.
Disney Springs reopened for guests to enjoy on May 20, 2020. They have set some guidelines in place to help keep guests safe while visiting. Read HERE to find out what you can expect when you visit.
Many shops and restaurants in Disney Springs have started to reopen, allowing guests to shop and dine with a limited amount of people allowed to enter the store at a time. Face masks are required for all guests ages 2 and up unless they are eating or drinking.
Unfortornately, one store is not as lucky as some of the others that are reopening. The Pearl Factory will be the first store to permanently shut its doors.
The Pearl Factory is a kiosk that is located in the Marketplace across from TREND-D. At this kiosk, you can pick a pearl that you can then have made into a piece of custom jewelry.
The kiosk was not listed on the Disney Springs website of stores that are open.
Google also confirms that The Pearl Factory is closed:
It is so sad to see a unique and fun experience no longer be available to guests visiting Disney Springs.
Although this kiosk is shutting its doors permanently, Disney is getting ready to open it’s doors in phases throughout Walt Disney World Resort. There is no confirmed date of when Walt Disney World hotels will be opening, but we do know of some other important dates to remember.
Disney Vacation Club resorts at Walt Disney World and the Fort Wilderness Campground will reopen on June 22, 2020. Guests can return to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, 2020. Hollywood Studios and Epcot will reopen to guests on July 15, 2020.
In order to visit the theme parks a reservation will need to be made. We do not know what this new reservation system will look like yet, but many with existing reservations and park tickets have been contacted that they will be first to try with the new system.
Be sure to check back often for the most up to date information. As always, the writers at Kenny the Pirate are gathering the most up to date and accurate information to keep you and your family informed when you are ready to visit Disney World again.