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Walt Disney World plans phased re-opening


Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, plans to begin a phased reopening on July 11 for its Magic Kingdom and Disney’s

Animal Kingdom parks and July 15 for EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The plan was approved by the Orange County government and awaits approval from Orange County’s mayor and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. This phased reopening will include limits on

attendance and controlled guest density that aligns with guidance on physical distancing. That means certain experiences that are known draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. In addition, “high-touch” experiences such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds, and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be in the parks to entertain guests. Attendance will be managed through a new theme

park reservation system that will require all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. At this time, Disney is temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so they can focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations. Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold. Resumption of new ticket sales and hotel reservations will start after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to

availability. The World of Disney retail shop reopened at

the Disney Springs shopping and dining complex at Walt Disney World. And in the coming weeks, Disney Stores will begin a phased reopening of operations globally, beginning with a select number of stores in the United States, in addition to stores in Europe and Japan. Disney theme parks, Disney Resort hotels, and

stores will be reopened in a responsible way. In this spirit, Disney destinations will continue to follow enhanced safety protocols based upon applicable guidance from health authorities and government

agencies. To promote the health and safety of everyone, cast members as well as guests three years of age and older will be required to wear appropriate face coverings in theme parks and common areas of resort hotels. All guests will also undergo temperature screenings prior to entering a theme park; cast members will also have temperature checks. Cashless transactions are recommended, and cleaning and disinfection procedures will be increased in high-traffic areas. These policies are under continuous review and are subject to change as operators monitor conditions and receive guidance from health and government authorities.

Sylvan Beach Park will not open

Due to social-distancing requirements and other guidelines in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, the historic Sylvan Beach Amusement Park, Sylvan Beach, New York, will not open this summer. Owners were originally planning to open the amusement park for by 4 July, but despite some ride assembly and other preparations completed thus far, a final decision came down to close due to the conditions and restrictions.

14 JUNE 2020

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