Disney World is set to reopen, but is it safe to return to the “most magical place on earth”?
After revealing earlier this month that its profits for the first quarter of 2020 saw a devastating 91 percent drop amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney is now preparing to end its multi-month closure and reopen Disney World doors this summer. The theme park, which employs 70,000 people, will begin a phased reopening on July 11 for its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks and July 15 for EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.
Visitors three years old or more are required to wear face covers, while all visitors must go through temperature screenings before entering Disney World. Alternative amusement park reservation framework will require all visitors to get a booking for park section ahead of time. Different designs to help social distancing and neatness will be executed during the staged reopening. Eventhough its arrangements anticipate endorsement from Orange County’s city hall leader and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Disney is empowered by how visitors are reacting to Shanghai Disney Resort and Disney Springs. As Disney’s biggest worldwide park, Shanghai Disneyland revived its entryways on May 11 in the wake of being shut since January 24.
“This phased reopening will demonstrate a deliberate approach, with limits on attendance and controlled guest density that aligns with guidance on physical distancing,” the company announced yesterday. “That means certain experiences we know draw large group gatherings — such as parades and nighttime spectaculars — will return at a later date. In addition, ‘high-touch’ experiences such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be in our parks to entertain and delight our guests.”
Stay tuned for further updates regarding Disney World’s reopening.
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