Disney World, Universal set potential reopening dates in Florida

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The most magical place on Earth is ready to reopen. Disney Theme Parks have shut down amid the pandemic as officials waited for the okay from the state to proceed. The park used the time that it was closed down to figure out new daily operations to ensure the safety of all visitors when they could begin to let Disney fanatics back in.

If Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives the Orlando attraction the green light, Disney will open Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, and Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15.

These openings will come after Universal Orlando and Sea World reopen to the public. Universal intends to open two parks and its water attraction on June 5, and Sea World is set to reopen on June 11.

Disney has furloughed 100,000 employees companywide, including most of its largest Disney World Resort union coalition of 43,000 people, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.

New precautions at the park will include hand sanitizer stations, mask protocols for employees, the installation of plexiglass, and a lot of training for the mammoth staffs at all attractions.

Here’s a quick rundown of what Disney has planned:

  • Employees and guests will be required to wear masks and undergo temperature screenings before entering the parks.
  • Disney will reduce capacity at the parks and the resort will temporarily suspend parades, fireworks and other events that create crowds
  • The resort will expand contactless payments
  • Disney will also increase the number of available hand-sanitizing stations

Do you plan to visit Disney or Universal when they reopen? Let us know in the comments.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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