On Wednesday, May 27, Disney Parks announced a proposed reopening plan for some parts of its Florida theme parks. As of Wednesday, July 15, all four Disney World parks are open in Orlando, Florida. As Florida experiences a rise in cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, the company is implementing even more safety precautions to try to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Here are seven coronavirus safety precautions at Disney World put in place during the pandemic.
Following the initial plan put forward in May, the company first reopened Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom to the public on Saturday, July 11, with Epcot and Hollywood Studios open as of July 15, but a rise in cases in the state has Disney tightening some rules. On Sunday, July 12, Florida reported 15,299 positive COVID-19 cases in a single day, the highest number of one-day cases reported in any state since the beginning of the pandemic. In response to a request for comment on how Disney would deal with a rise in cases, a Disney representative referred Elite Daily to the park’s public commitment to guest safety and information about the reopening phases.
Over the weekend of July 18, park-goers reported new safety signage in the parks. According to images of the new signs in Disney World parks shared online it reads, "Face coverings are to be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking while stationary and physically distanced." According to the post by Disney Food Blog, this is a change from earlier guidance that allowed patrons to eat and drink without a mask while walking around the parks.
In addition to enhanced health and safety measures, Disney also warns guests of the risks of being at the park, "We have taken enhanced health and safety measures. Follow all posted instructions while visiting Walt Disney World Resort. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present."
If you plan to go to Disney, here are the safety measures that will make your trip look a little different from the last time you visited: