Disney plans to reopen Walt Disney World starting July 11

Coronavirus Outbreak Disney plans to reopen Florida theme parks in July with limited attendance

On top of the new health and safety guidelines, theme park reservation system, and "social distancing squad", Disney World is also looking at the potential for implementing "relaxation zones" where guests would be able to take off the required face mask.

The Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks will reopen on July 11 while EPCOT and Hollywood Studios won't open their doors until July 15.

Walt Disney World plans to reopen its Florida parks starting in July.

SeaWorld CEO Marc Swanson told Vice President Mike Pence, when he visited last week, he'd like for his parks to re-open sometime in June.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings was cautious yet optimistic in this week's Task Force meeting, having reported on Tuesday that the county had a relatively low coronavirus rate of 2.8 percent, though that does make up half of the southern state's reported case numbers.

The Disney resort in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, will also reopen June 15 to members and guests, officials said. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis still needs to sign off on the plan.


SeaWorld Orlando also presented their plans to reopen.

A social distancing squad, which McPhee claimed has been successful at Disney Springs, will be added to each park. Disney is also considering creating "relaxation zones" where guests can safely remove their masks, which will be uncomfortable to keep on constantly through a hot Florida summer day.

Additionally, when the parks reopen, Disney said it will "temporarily pause cast member meet-and-greets, temporarily suspend parades and firework displays, and temporarily close playgrounds and water-effects areas".

The reopening proposal was approved by the Task Force. Play areas will remain closed.

Enhanced safety protocols will include physical distancing, enhanced cleaning, face coverings, temperature screenings and limited contact.

Shanghai Disneyland was the first of Disney's theme parks to reopen earlier in May, with strict limits on the number of guests allowed inside, mandatory masks and temperature checks.

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