Walt Disney World Gets Green Light From Florida For July 11 Phased Reopening

Walt Disney World Gets Green Light From Florida For July 11 Phased Reopening

Disney Walt Disney World has gotten the go-ahead from the state of Florida to open its four Orlando theme parks starting July 11 along the lines of plan executives presented to Orange County officials on Wednesday. The phased reopening starts with the Magic Kingdom and Disney Animal Kingdom on Saturday, July 11 and Epcott and Disney Hollywood Studios on Wednesday, July 15. The plans were reportedly approved Friday by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation in a memo sent to Orange County officials, according to multiple news reports. Disney reps weren’t immediately available for comment. Jim MacPhee, Senior Vice President of Operations, Walt Disney World Resort had unveiled the timeline at a virtual presentation to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force two days ago. The parks widely-anticipated opening date is a milestone for Disney economically and symbolic barometer for the gradual reopening of the country still in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic. Orange County Mayor Jerry Dennings approved the plan shortly after the meeting but the state also needed to sign off. Universal Orlando submitted its plans to the same task force last for a wide opening on June 5th. Marc Swanson, interim CEO of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, proposed the Task Force that its Orlando parks open to the public June 11. In Disney’s presentation, Jim MacPhee, Senior Vice President of Operations, Walt Disney World Resort, described plans for temperature checks of guests and staff, face masks and social distancing, frequent signage, numerous hand washing stations throughout the park and backstage and use of plexiglass barriers at retail and food and beverage locations. Capacity will be reduced at park attractions, restaurants, retail stores and transportation connecting the parks. Fireworks, character-meet and-greets, water displays and other events that might create crowds or make social distancing […]

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