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    Exclamation Phased Re-Opening Plan for Walt Disney World Receives Two of Three Approvals

    The Walt Disney World re-opening plans submitted this morning have been approved by Orange County officials; the first of three approvals required:


    Quote Originally Posted by CNN Business

    {Walt Disney World}, which employs some 70,000 people, plans to begin a phased reopening on July 11 for its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks and July 15 for EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, the company said on Wednesday.


    Walt Disney World as well as Disney's Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California, closed in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.


    Disney is implementing several measures to reopen safely and prevent the spread of the coronavirus at its parks


    Employees and guests will be required to wear face coverings and undergo temperature screenings before entering the parks.


    Disney will reduce capacity at the parks and the resort will temporarily suspend parades, fireworks and other events that create crowds


    The resort will also enable cashless transactions by expanding contactless payments.
    Disney will also increase the number of available hand-sanitizing stations.


    The plan was approved Wednesday morning by the Orange County government.


    It still needs approval from Orange County's mayor and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
    Since the initial news break, the Orange County Mayor has approved the re-opening plans. The final third approval form the Governor is still pending.

    More details from the Disney announcement:

    Quote Originally Posted by by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director | Disney Parks

    The phased reopening will demonstrate a deliberate approach, with limits on attendance and controlled guest density that aligns with guidance on physical distancing. That means certain experiences we know draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. In addition, “high-touch” experiences such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be in our parks to entertain and delight our guests.

    Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited as we welcome guests back to the magic, we will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. At this time, we are temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so we can focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations (Disney Vacation Club members can still make new reservations). Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold; we’ll be reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details. We will resume new ticket sales and hotel reservations after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon.

    Additionally, Disney Vacation Club resorts at Walt Disney World will reopen to members and guests and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will begin to reopen on June 22. Disney Vacation Club resorts in Vero Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, will also open to members and guests starting on June 15. Plans to support required physical distancing as well as enhanced cleaning measures, along with a number of other safety and cleanliness protocols, will be implemented as part of this planned phased reopening.

    We’re looking forward to reopening our theme parks, Disney Resort hotels and stores and doing so in a responsible way. In this spirit, our destinations will continue to follow enhanced safety protocols based upon applicable guidance from health authorities and government agencies. As we all must work together to promote the health and safety of everyone, cast members as well as guests 3 years of age and older will be required to wear appropriate face coverings in theme parks and common areas of resort hotels. All guests will also undergo temperature screenings prior to entering a theme park; cast members will also have temperature checks. Cashless transactions are recommended, and cleaning and disinfection procedures will be increased in high-traffic areas.

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    No big surprises other than I thought they might open a couple weeks sooner. I just wonder if they are really going to try to enforce keeping masks on at all times or once you get through the gate do as you please for the most part. Disney has a track record of passing rules but rarely enforcing many of them. It will be interesting to see how it plays out because wearing a mask in July, August and September in Florida will not be a pleasant experience. It won't be a pleasant experience any time of the year but it just so happens the reopening is right in the middle of the worst time.

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