Disney World will reopen its gates, ending a multi-month closure of the park that left the Walt Disney Company reeling. The Disney theme park, which employs some 70,000 people, plans to begin a phased reopening on July 11 for its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks and July 15 for EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, the company said on Wednesday.
Disney is implementing several measures to reopen safely and prevent the spread of the coronavirus at its parks.
- Employees and guests will be required to wear face coverings and undergo temperature screenings before entering the parks.
- Disney will reduce capacity at the parks and the resort will temporarily suspend parades, fireworks and other events that create crowds
- The resort will also enable cashless transactions by expanding contactless payments.
- Disney will also increase the number of available hand-sanitizing stations.
The plan was approved Wednesday morning by the Orange County government. It still needs approval from Orange County’s mayor and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.All of Disney’s 12 parks in North America, Asia, and Europe closed because of the outbreak at different points this year. Shanghai Disneyland, the company’s largest international park, reopened its gates on May 11 after being closed since January 24.
Reopening Disney World is a significant cultural and business endeavor for the company. Disney generated more than $26 billion in sales at its Parks, Experiences and Products unit in fiscal 2019, representing 37% of the company’s overall revenue.
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