Masks And Mouse Ears: Disney World Reopens As Coronavirus Cases Climb In Florida

Cinderella Castle rises above Bay Lake on the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on Saturday. Disney reopened two of its Florida parks after almost 4 months of being closed because of the pandemic. Gregg Newton/AFP by way of Getty Images cover caption

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Cinderella Castle rises above Bay Lake on the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on Saturday. Disney reopened two of its Florida parks after almost 4 months of being closed because of the pandemic.

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Nearly 4 months after it closed over coronavirus considerations, Disney World is as soon as once more inviting company to expertise its Florida theme parks.

The reopening comes as Florida is experiencing a surge of latest coronavirus instances, with more than 10,000 being reported on Saturday.

Both Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened Saturday to most of the people, following restricted openings for annual-pass holders and staff. The different two space parks — Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — are anticipated to open on Wednesday.

But earlier than parkgoers can get into the “happiest place on Earth,” they will need to get used to some adjustments.

“From increased cleaning and disinfecting across our parks and resorts, to updated health and safety policies, we have reimagined the Disney experience so we can all enjoy the magic responsibly,” Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel wrote in a company blog post.

Some of those adjustments begin earlier than individuals get into the parks. Guests can not drive as much as the parks for same-day entrance. They need to make reservations, as a part of an effort to restrict the variety of individuals within the park every day. Disney can also be requiring face masks for anybody above the age of two and is taking temperatures earlier than individuals are allowed in.

Inside the parks, social distancing is being inspired and enforced with markers on the bottom. Lines for rides are being spaced out. Physical limitations, like plexiglass, have been put in place the place distancing shouldn’t be attainable. Wait occasions additionally seem down, with rides that used to have queues of 1 to 2 hours down to 5 minutes.

Guests sporting protecting masks wait to choose up their tickets on the Magic Kingdom park. Reservations are required in addition to masks and temperature checks previous to coming into the park. Gregg Newton/AFP by way of Getty Images cover caption

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Guests sporting protecting masks wait to choose up their tickets on the Magic Kingdom park. Reservations are required in addition to masks and temperature checks previous to coming into the park.

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Tom Corless runs WDW News Today, a fan website devoted to each Disney’s Florida and California properties. He told NPR earlier this week that measures put in place gave the impression to be working throughout park previews.

“I don’t think people had a hard time keeping space from each other,” Corless mentioned.

He additionally famous that on many rides, company have been separated by plenty of empty rows.

While images on social media Saturday confirmed loads of individuals going into the parks, not everyone seems to be satisfied.

That additionally consists of some 750 Disney performers who aren’t included within the phased reopening after Disney and the Actors’ Equity labor union representing the performers didn’t come to an settlement on COVID-19 testing.

As Fortune reports, the union requested common testing for its members as a result of they’re usually in shut proximity throughout performances. Disney declined, saying checks would reportedly provide a “false sense of security” and mentioned it might as an alternative emphasize distancing, masks and sanitation. The union introduced that it filed a grievance in opposition to the corporate on Thursday.

Disney’s exhibits aren’t a part of the reopening in consequence. Parades and night firework exhibits additionally proceed to be off within the hopes of stopping crowds.

While Disney World strikes forward with its reopening, these in California, house of Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, are watching. Both parks have been initially set to reopen on July 17 — the identical day Disneyland will mark its 65th anniversary — however that date has been postponed. A brand new date has not been given however will rely upon approvals from the state and native governments.

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