The Disney theme parks in Orlando (Florida), Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot, plan to gradually reopen in mid-July, the company reported today, which today presented its health proposal to Orange County authorities, who approved it.
These resorts, vital to Florida’s economy, closed since last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are currently presenting their reopening plans to local authorities, for later approval by the Ron DeSantis government.
Both Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom plan to reopen on July 11, and four days later Hollywood Studios and Epcot will do so, reported the company Walt Disney World, which has already opened its park in Shanghai (China).
The revival will be more than a month after the one scheduled by Universal Studios, also in Orlando, which last week presented its plans and announced that it would do so from June 5, with a smaller capacity and with certain restrictions.
Similarly, the parks of the company SeaWorld Park & Entertainment announced today that they seek to open SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, in central Florida, on June 11.
All these parks have mainly established, for both visitors and their workers, the use of facial covers, social distancing, temperature verification and reduced capacity in both attractions and restaurants and parking lots.
Likewise, there is an increase in cleaning and disinfection in general and points of greater contact, the increase in “non-contact” payments and some areas and events will be temporarily closed.
Last week, accompanied by Governor DeSantis, the American Vice President, Mike Pence, met in Orlando with hotel and tourism businessmen to discuss the revival of this sector, one of the most affected in the so-called “sun state”.
In Florida, which is progressing in the first phase of economic reopening since May 4, 52,634 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,319 deaths have occurred since March 1, according to the state Department of Health.