a huge surge of Floridians testing positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks, two of Disney World's four parks are
they do, visitors to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" will find new
rules in place.
about up-close "meet-and-greet" sessions with Mickey Mouse or Donald
Duck when Walt Disney World parks reopen. There will be no firework shows or
parades — those would draw too many people together — and both visitors and
employees will be getting temperature checks when they enter.
has to wear a mask and maintain social distance. No hopping between parks is
allowed, for the time being, and visitors will need reservations to enter.
employees won't be allowed to take photos of visitors in front of Cinderella's
Castle since it involves touching the tourists' cameras. There will be no live
shows since the reopening has caused a labour dispute between Disney World and
its actors and singers.
is a very different Disney World than the one you worked at back in March, and
that is because of the need for safety," Eric Clinton, president of Unite
Here! Local 362, told his members in a recent Facebook discussion.
has been opening back up its parks around the globe for the past two months. In
May, the company opened Disney Springs, a complex of shops, restaurants and
entertainment venues in Lake Buena Vista in Florida. Only Disneyland in
California delayed its plans to reopen in mid-July, saying it was awaiting
guidelines from the state.
of the limits on attendance, new ticket sales and hotel reservations are
temporarily on hold so people already with tickets and reservations get first
dibs. Even some who already had reservations ran into problems. Shortly after
the shutdown, Disney fan Lloyd Stevens and his partner, Andy Rogow, booked a
room at the budget Pop Century Resort for next week. But when they called
recently to confirm, they were told the only availability was in a much more