A few hours after activating the reservation system, Walt Disney World fans sold out the tickets for the company’s theme parks in Orlando (central Florida), which will open on July 11 after more than three months closed at public due to the pandemic.
It only took half an hour until the beneficiaries of an annual pass – the first to be able to book – completed the capacity of the first five days of the Magic Kingdom and Disney Animal Kingdom parks, which will be the first to welcome visitors and they will operate with reduced capacity.
Both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open on July 15, a date for which the reserves were also exhausted, while the rest of the parks will remain closed until further notice.
However, these were not the first to obtain their entrance since since this Monday, when the company’s hotel complexes reopened, the most faithful of Disney were able to reserve their access to the parks, although there were a series of technical problems with the page web, as reported by some customers.
The Universal and SeaWorld theme parks in Orlando have been open since the beginning of June and are also limiting the ability to comply with the safety regulations of social distancing, the use of the mask or the continued disinfection of attractions.
Despite the success derived from the large volume of reserves, the reopening is not to everyone’s liking.
Over the past week, Florida has seen an uptick in the number of cases of coronavirus detected.
This Friday there were almost 9,000 new infections and 39 deaths, reaching a total of 122,960 cases and 3,366 deaths from COVID-19 since the Florida Department of Health has data.
The Equity Actors Association, which is the American union representing workers in the acting industry, urged Disney last Thursday to postpone the reopening due to “a new upswing” as it did with its parks Of California.
The company hoped to reopen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim on July 17, but made the decision to indefinitely postpone that date.
“If Disneyland postponed the reopening, it stands to reason that Walt Disney World irresponsibly moved toward reopening when cases in Florida are much worse. For weeks, we’ve made it clear to Disney that COVID-19 testing is a critical part to maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone from the guests to the cast, “explained the association’s executive director, Mary McColl.
The director reiterated her “concern” at Disney’s attitude that “it refuses to provide periodic testing to one of the few groups of workers in the park who, by the very nature of their jobs, are unable to wear personal protective equipment.”