Disney World plans to reopen, but does that mean you should go?
For months now, fans of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida have been anxiously awaiting news of when the beloved resort would reopen its doors to the public.
Their prayers have been answered because Disney has proposed a phased reopening starting July 11.
The first to reopen will be the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom. EPCOT and Hollywood Studios will follow, opening on July 15. The proposal is awaiting approval by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and then Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Fans are clearly excited, and many have already started getting their Disney fill by walking Disney Springs. The World of Disney store only recently opened back up and was met with a very long line of people waiting to get into the store.
While there is much anticipation surrounding the parks’ reopening, there are still some who have wondered “Should I go?” With the current pandemic still ongoing, health and safety are at the forefront.
Those who should not take a trip to Disney World at this time include senior citizens and people with underlying illnesses or certain heart and lung conditions. For those who do not have any symptoms and still want to go, Disney World will check the temperatures of its employees and guests before they can enter any park.
Employees and attendees will also be required to wear face coverings and wear them inside the park. Disney also has numerous other safety measures in place such as reduced capacity, cashless transactions, and extra hand-sanitizing stations.
People who plan on going will also need to adhere to the social distancing rule, and the park has placed markers around the park to help people stay six feet away from each other. It’s a mutual responsibility; Disney is working to keep things safe, but it is also the duty of the attendee to adhere to the safety measures should they decide to go.
Disney World later announced that parades, nighttime spectacular, and other events will return at a later date while character meet and greets, playgrounds, and makeovers will remain temporarily unavailable.
By: Maytinee Kramer