On Wednesday Disney World presented their plan to reopen their Florida Theme Parks. As many of you have read, there will be a lot of changes! Today the Secretary of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Halsey Beshears, approved their plan!
Just before 3 P.M. today, the Mayor of Orange County, Jerry L. Demings, announced the good news via Twitter:
Disney’s plans to reopen on July 11, as well as Sea World’s plans to open on June 10, were approved. Both companies presented measures that will be taken to minimize disease spread.
Disney is planning to operate at a very low capacity and will require all guests to make reservations ahead of time to enter the park. Additionally, they are canceling all parades, fireworks displays and stage shows in order to discourage large groups of guests congregating in viewing areas.
There will also be a requirement for all guests over age 2 to don face coverings while inside the park, unless they are eating. They will also ramp up sanitation, discontinue reusable menus and encourage cashless transactions and mobile ordering.
Like many businesses around the country, cash registers will have plexiglass partitions and cast members will also wear masks to prevent the spread of illness.
Disney announced that they are canceling all fastpasses, dining and activity reservations. They are allowing guests with current bookings to be among the first to book their choices when the new system goes online. Check your email as they have been emailing information to affected guests.
Currently, Disney is not canceling tickets for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party, but that could change closer to the date.
Here at Kenny the Pirate, we aim to keep you up to date on any and all changes happening in the parks. Keep following us for all the information you need to get back in the parks and back to the magic.
Do you have an upcoming trip planned? Are you as nervous as I am for what the new normal will look like? Let us know in the comments on Facebook and let’s keep the conversation going in our Facebook group!
-Rebecca W Davis