Disney World in Florida reopens but just a little

Carrie Guzman
May 23, 2020

When Universal presented their plans to the task force, they had to submit a thorough layout of their operation plans along with an expected reopening date.

Universal would like to begin a phased reopening of its Florida theme parks on June 1, initially only for its own team members. In preparation for the reopening of our Resort, we have developed a comprehensive plan of enhanced health and safety measures that received endorsement from the Polk County Commission and Winter Haven Mayor Bradley T. Dantzler this week. After a couple days of that, some VIPs and annual pass holders would be invited to the parks, to increase the volume of guests slightly and continue to test how things are working. On June 5, they would like to open to the public.

Dean at the University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Youcheng Wang, said that the reopening plans for the local attractions were "well thought out". They also include touchless plans.

As part of its park plan, Universal said its reopening it will eliminate its single rider line at attractions.

Legoland says it will limit capacity to less than 50% when it reopens.

Elimination of post show meet and greets. At the restaurants - mobile food ordering, contactless payments, single use paper menus, no buffets or self service, and individually pre-wrapped condiments and silverware.

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People were asked to undergo temperature checks as they entered, and face masks are mandatory - grim stuff for "the happiest place on Earth". We were there for opening day. Check out our details and photos here.

The prospect of the parks reopening sent shares of the companies climbing, with Disney rising nearly 5% and reaching its highest level since early March.

Page down further and you will find a COVID-19 warning.

Separately, the Athletic reported that Walt Disney World is the front-runner to become the National Basketball Association's first playing site when the 2019-2020 season resumes. "I have attached Universal Orlando's comprehensive plan for your review".

Finally, the statement concludes with, "By visiting Walt Disney World Resort, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19".

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