Walt Disney World has proposed to reopen its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks on July 11, and EPCOT and Hollywood Studios on July 15, in a presentation made by the company on Wednesday.
Here are more details on the reopening plan:
- There will be a new theme park reservation system, requiring guests to reserve their attendance in advance, Jim McPhee, senior vice president of operations at Walt Disney World, said.
- McPhee also said there will be soft openings prior to July 11 to employees and affinity groups.
- Employees and guests will be required to wear face coverings and go through temperature screenings before entering the parks.
- There will be reduced capacity in the parks, and on various modes of Disney transportation.
- Parades and fireworks, and other events that create crowds, will be temporarily suspended.
- Disney will limit the contact guests and employees will have in the parks, leveraging existing Magic Bands and other cashless methods for transactions.
Field inspections by Orange County staff happened on May 26.
Staff inspected employee health screening and best practices, guest arrival and ticketing, restaurant operations, queue management, signage and communications and sanitation protocols.
What comes next: After the economic recovery task force votes today whether to approve the plan, the Orange County mayor will make his decision likely in 12 to 24 hours.
If Mayor Jerry Demings approves, he will then give his support with a recommendation to the state of Florida for ultimate approval.