Walt Disney World Announces Planned Reopening Date
Walt Disney World has announced when it plans to reopen its Florida theme park after months of remaining closed.
The park, located in Orlando, has been closed since March due to the coronavirus outbreak, but now, it believes it can safely reopen in July.
It's expected to start welcoming guests on 11th July, but will be putting in place a phased reopening over the course of a few days.
The trial will allow the park to "launch, learn and adjust along the way" said Jim MacPhee, Senior Vice President of Operations, who spoke about the plans this week.
The park is reported to have shared a detailed plan for how it anticipates the reopening and how it will do so in a safe manner, which will have to be signed off by the Orange County Mayor before it gets approved by the Florida Governor.
It's expected that the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will open on 11th July while Epcot and Hollywood Studios will follow on 15th July.
Safety measures will include a limit on how many people can enter the park, as well as how many visitors can be on the transport system at one time and of course, how many can safely visit restaurants, shops and other food outlets.
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Guests will also have to reserve tickets in advance as well as having their temperatures checked on arrival and wearing face coverings.
Wherever possible, payments will be cashless and there'll be an increased use of perspex barriers. Cast members will also be extensively trained on how to uphold the new measures before the park reopens.
Initially, Disney fans will be gutted to learn there will be no parades, fireworks, kids' play areas or meet and greets with favourite characters.
This is due to the park hoping to avoid anything that could attract a crowd, where social distancing measures would be difficult to adhere to.
The park will also have signs reading 'help us protect the magic' scattered throughout.
The news comes after Shanghai Disneyland reopened earlier this month, with various new safety measures in place, including a new rule which insists guest pre-purchase admission tickets, and a new temperature checking policy. All guests in the park are also be expected to wear masks.
After nine weeks of remaining closed, we're so grateful for these small steps in the right direction!
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