After closing its doors on March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Disney World has announced reopening dates for its Florida-based theme parks. Starting with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, phased reopening will begin on July 11. EPCOT and Hollywood Studios will follow on July 15.
Of course, Disney will implement several new safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Guests three years of age and older must wear face masks, and all guests are required to have their temperatures checked before entering the park. Experiences that draw large crowds — such as parades and nighttime spectaculars — will be put on hold, along with “high touch” attractions such as playgrounds, makeovers and meet-and-greets.
“This phased reopening will demonstrate a deliberate approach, with limits on attendance and controlled guest density that aligns with guidance on physical distancing,” the company, whose profits dropped 91 percent in Q1 of 2020, announced.
In related news, Universal Orlando will begin reopening on June 5.