Disney World eyes July reopening with new plan

Disney presented their reopening plan today during an Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force meeting, proposing a July 11 date for Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a July 15 reopen date for Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Jim MacPhee, senior vice president of operations for Disney World presented the planned safety measures guests can expect, which will include a temperature check and a required face covering.

Castmembers will remind guests of the new rules, focusing on the mask requirement, MacPhee said, referring to a social distancing “squad,” similar to what is present at Disney Springs.

Markers promoting social distancing will be located throughout the parks.

Disney will also introduce a reservation system for its parks, with guests needing a reservation to enter.

MacPhee said details about the system would be shared at a later date.

Park capacity will be limited as will capacity on attractions, at restaurants and at retail stores.

Disney will temporarily suspend fireworks, parades and other activities that “create crowds.”

In an update posted to the official Walt Disney World website, resort hotels will reopen on July 11.

Disney Vacation Club properties will be to reopen to members and guests on June 22.

The plans, which were approved by the task force, will now need an endorsement from Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, who will sent them to Gov. Ron DeSantis for final approval.

The theme parks have been closed since mid-March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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