Disney has been slowly re-opening their parks, they are planning on opening Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom this Saturday, followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopening July 15.
Previously, the Disney Springs shopping and dining district reopened May 20 with strict new health and safety measures in place, such as a mask requirement. As of today July 7th, there have been no reported issues stemming from the area being re-opened. Over the weekend, Florida set a record for the most new coronavirus cases in the U.S. in a single day with a total of 11,458, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, cited by CNN. Even with these numbers, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday defended Disney World reopening, saying he had no concerns as the company put a “premium” on safety and pointed to Universal Orlando, which fully reopened last month with enhanced health and safety measures. “Disney, I have no doubt is going to be a safe environment,” he said, in response to its opening.
Disney has submitted re-opening plans and we have no doubt the mouse house has put every scenario into possibility to deliver the safest opening possible. Still, it gives us pause to think a theme park touched by so many could be opening again, as we see covid19 numbers skyrocket across the country. In addition to the theme park portions reopening, Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a massive campus on the Disney property near Orlando, will host the NBA and MLS to conclude their 2019 seasons beginning later this month. While the Florida theme park plan did not hit a snag, the same could not be said for the Southern California destination. Last month, Disney announced its plan to reopen Disneyland on July 17th followed by their three resort hotels by the end of the month. However, the spike in covid19 cases derailed that plan, with Disney explaining the state would not be able to offer and then approve official guidelines in time.
Would you feel comfortable going to a theme park right now? Performers have been out of work since the beginning of covid19. Yet, performers are also responsibly for billions in revenue for the United States. In addition to our talent here bringing in billions in tourism and entertainment, they also bring us joy. Do we want Disney’s actors to go back to work? Yes? No? Can we do this safely in a realistic capacity? We’re not comfortable projecting, but let us know your thoughts.