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New Update from Florida Governor: How Will This Affect Walt Disney World?

New Update from Florida Governor: How Will This Affect Walt Disney World?
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With the closure of both Disneyland Hong Kong and Disneyland Paris, is there is a risk that Walt Disney World may also close? Check out the latest update from Florida’s governor.

Disneyland Paris

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As with the other Disney Theme Parks, Disneyland Paris closed back in March. And when Walt Disney World reopened EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, on July 15th, Disneyland Paris was able to reopen as well.

Unfortunately, at the end of October Disneyland Paris had to close their magical gates due to a spike in positive coronavirus cases. You can read more about this Park closure HERE.

Disneyland Paris was hoping to reopen for the holiday season, but last week the French President, Emmanuel Macron, stated that Theme Parks may not reopen over the Christmas holidays.

Hong Kong Disneyland

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Hong Kong Disneyland reopened to Guests on June 18th, but this reopening was short-lived. Hong Kong Disneyland was forced to close and then reopened in September.

Today we learned that this Disney Park will again close due to rising cases of COVID-19. Find out how long this forced closure will impact Hong Kong Disneyland HERE.

Will Walt Disney World Close?

Currently 3 Disney Parks are closed due to COVID-19. Disneyland in California has yet to reopen and both Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Hong Kong have closed after reopening.

Florida has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases within the past few weeks. Many Disney fans have wondered with a rise in cases if this may mean that Walt Disney World could face a forced closure such as with the other closed Disney Parks.

Today, Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, held a press conference at Boggy Creek Elementary School. The primary purpose for this press conference was in regards to an order that now allows Florida schools to remain open for the remainder of the year.

When questioned of possible anti-COVID-19 measures, DeSantis shared, there will be no lockdowns, no fines, no school closures. No one’s losing their job because of a government dictate. Nobody’s losing there livelihood or their business. That is totally off the table.”

“there will be no lockdowns, no fines, no school closures.”

Governor Ron DeSantis

DeSantis has prevented local government agencies from imposing mask mandates. Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando are private businesses, and they continue to require Guests to wear face masks while visiting their Theme Parks.

At this time, DeSantis has no plan to require Walt Disney World or any other Florida Theme Park to close due to rising COVID-19 cases.

at this time governor desantis will not require florida theme parks to close.

Have you questioned if Walt Disney World is safe? Check out the opinions of several of our Kenny the Pirate writers after a visit to Walt Disney World during the Parks’ reopening HERE.

You can also read about the most recent visit from the COVID Strike Team which monitored the health and safety guidelines at both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs.

I honestly felt safer while visiting Walt Disney World than I have felt in my own hometown. Have you visited Walt Disney World after their reopening? What was your experience with the health and safety protocols inside the Disney Parks? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page.


  1. Totally agree with all the above comments. All the Parks are safer and cleaner than most businesses in FL. COME ON DOWN!

  2. I’m almost 70 and retired. I live in Kissimmee and walk for exercise 5 miles/day – 5 days/week and almost exclusively at WDW, usually EPCOT. I feel safe the minute I enter the park as they take their COVID precautions very seriously!
    In a state that pays little or no attention to public safety during this pandemic, it’s such a relief to find a company (or government) that is not afraid to make a stand about safety for their guests! Unlike other companies who’s mask “non-policies” are “recommended but not required”, Disney is doing it right and enforcing all safety procedures.
    I feel as safe at Disney as in my own home and fellow guests even seem more relaxed not having to decide should I or shouldn’t I wear a mask!

  3. We’re in our sixties and travel from Pennsylvania to Disney. This is our second trip. We are more concerned about getting Covid traveling there than being there. Disney has done an amazing job at social distancing, effective cleaning, and taking precautions to keep us safe. Is it a risk? Sure, but I feel much safer at Disney than Wal-Mart or a grocery store.

  4. My husband, grandson and I spent 5 days in DW back in July, when they first reopened. Was VERY impressed with the safety/health protocols. We were meticulous about following all guidelines. Remained healthy upon returning home from that trip. Husband and I are going back – due to get there this upcoming Saturday – for 6 days. Looking forward to it! Love it during the holiday season!

  5. I just spent 4 days, Thanksgiving to Sunday with my 5yr old granddaughter and I can’t say enough about the outstanding job the Disney cast members and leadership are doing. They are totally devoted to keeping people safe, keeping the parks functioning, open and keeping jobs. I was there in August and I could tell the difference in the càst members confidence in how to handle the new protocols. It’s hard work and I appreciate all their efforts.

  6. Our family returned 1st day of reopening in July! We felt very safe and have returned weekly. Still COVID-19 free and very happy each time we walk through a DISNEY Park gate!

  7. I am 66 years old and my husband and I have visited Disney world 3 times and we feel that is safer to visit Disney world than going to a store Disney world keep the place very clean and safe with sanitizer and make sure everything is wipe down and clean and safe distance also I will keep visit Disney world as long they are open ❤️

  8. I have taken my family several times since August. The safety protocols are excellent and enforced. Personally, I would love the park lines to stay socially distant. I do feel safer there than in stores. Don’t be afraid to go.

  9. This is an example of exemplary government leadership. Years from now we will see the damage done by the other states that have not allowed their small businesses and, even large businesses to reopen. Disney‘s priority has always been safety first and you can see this throughout their Florida theme parks.

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