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Disney World opens again as Florida looks strongly in COVID-19 cases: NPR



Cinderella’s Castle rises above Bay Lake at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on Saturday. Disney opened two of its Florida parks after nearly four months of closure due to the pandemic.

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Cinderella’s Castle rises above Bay Lake at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on Saturday. Disney opened two of its Florida parks after nearly four months of closure due to the pandemic.

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Nearly four months after it shut down the corona virus problem, Disney World is again inviting guests to experience their theme parks in Florida.

The opening returns as Florida experiences an increase in new cases of coronavirus, with more than 10,000 reported on Saturday.

Both Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened Saturday to the public, after limited openings for annual passport holders and employees. The other two parks – EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios – are expected to open on Wednesday.

But before park guests can enter the “happiest place on earth” they have to get used to some changes.

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

Some of these changes begin before people enter the parks. Guests can no longer drive up to the parks for the same day entrance but must book in advance to limit the number of people in the park each day. Disney also requires face masks for anyone over the age of 2 and takes temperatures before people are allowed to enter.

Within the parks, social distancing with markers on the ground is encouraged and implemented. Lines for rides that used to involve people nearby are now distributed. Physical barriers, such as plexiglass, have been introduced where distance is not possible. Waiting times are also shown down, with rides that used to have queues from one to two hours down to five minutes.

Guests wearing protective masks are waiting to pick up their tickets at the Magic Kingdom park. Pre-orders are now required as well as masks and temperature controls before entering the park.

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Guests wearing protective masks are waiting to pick up their tickets at the Magic Kingdom park. Pre-orders are now required as well as masks and temperature controls before entering the park.

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Tom Corless runs WDW News Today, a fan site dedicated to both Disney’s Florida and California real estate. He told NPR earlier this week that measures taken seemed to work during park previews.

“I don’t think people had a hard time keeping space apart,” Corless said.

He also noted that on many trips guests were separated by a number of empty rows between them.

While photos on social media Saturday showed many people entering the parks, not everyone is convinced.

It also includes about 750 Disney artists that are not part of the phased opening after Disney and the Actors’ Equity Labor Union representing the artists failed to agree on COVID-19 testing.

As Fortune reports, the union requested regular testing for its members as they are often nearby during performances. Disney declined, saying tests allegedly would provide a “false sense of security” and said it would instead emphasize distance, masks and sanitation. The union announced a complaint against the company on Thursday.

Disney’s show is not part of the reopening as a result. Parades and fireworks in the evening also continue to be in the hope of preventing crowds.

While Disney World continues with the reopening, they look in California, home to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Both parks were originally reopened on July 17 – the same day Disneyland will mark its 65th anniversary – but that date has been postponed. A new date has not been given but will depend on state and local government approvals.


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