After several months of blocking visitors to prevent them from potentially spreading the coronavirus, Disney World officially set a date to reopen.
According to a proposal that the Orlando-based tourist attraction presented to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force on Wednesday, this hopeful date is July 11. The next hurdles to overcome will be approvals from Orange County mayor Jerry Demings and Florida governor Ron DeSantis.
If everything goes as planned, the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks will be open on this date. Four days later, on July 15, Epcot and Hollywood Studios will open.
In the meantime, a smooth opening preview will be put in place to allow the park to “get started, learn and adapt along the way,” says senior vice president of operations. , Jim McPhee.
As you would expect, when things resume and work, noticeable changes will be applied, starting with an attendance limit. The company “will manage attendance demand through a new theme park reservation system. Customers will need to book in advance,” said McPhee, according to People. If you plan to visit this seems relevant.
Capacity should also be reduced for attractions / rides, restaurants, transportation and park stores.
Other measures will be put in place to make customers safer, including temperature controls on arrival and the obligation for visitors (as well as park employees) to cover their faces. A number of previously standard park features will not be available, including parades, fireworks, and mascot encounters. The play areas will also be closed.
If park visitors break the rules, Disney will try to enforce them with brand confrontations. People adds that the company intends to form a “social distance team” which will be made up of sparkling cast members who will try to teach visitors the importance of social distance while encouraging them to follow the guidelines (good God who looks like a horrible job).
This unenviable position has already been created for Disney stores / restaurants, Disney Springs, which began its gradual reopening last week. McPhee says the team has been popular with the guests.
Disney World, along with its California counterpart Disneyland, both closed on March 12 after tons of other entertainment and event destinations have followed suit. The original goal was to only shut things down for two weeks, but you know how it worked. On March 27, it was announced that the two would remain closed indefinitely. Until then, Disney World had only closed its doors to threats of hurricanes, the assassination of JFK and the aftermath of September 11.
Reopening proposals have been put forward by Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando, these parks seeking an opening on June 5 for the former and an opening on June 11 for the latter.