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Disney and SeaWorld Prepare for Reopening; to Present Post-Coronavirus Reopening Plans



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Post-coronavirus reopening plans for the Orlando theme parks of The Walt Disney Company and SeaWorld will be presented to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.

The task force will then vote on whether to submit the plans for approval by Mayor Jerry Demings. Upon approval by Demings, the plans will be sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis for final approval.

Plans and Preparations

According to Demings, two health officials were at the parks conducting inspections.

Dr. Pamela Hymel, Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer, shared an update earlier this month on their plans. This comes as they prepare for reopening. “We’re looking at all of our locations and how best to begin the reopening process, including a gradual reopening and/or partial reopening of certain locations. For example, the opening of retail and dining locations prior to the opening of our theme parks,” she said.

“As you can imagine, managing guest density in queues, restaurants, hotels, ride vehicles and other facilities throughout the park and across the resort is a major focus, as we implement physical distancing guidelines based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies. This will likely include implementation of guest capacity measures to comply with state and federal guidelines. We’re also exploring ways to use technology to aid us in these efforts,” she added. She says this is “like with our Play Disney Parks App and through virtual queues at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.”

She also mentioned increased cleaning and disinfection, screening and prevention support, and cast training.

Disney has announced that it will begin taking Walt Disney World Resort reservations for July 1st and later.

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