The most magical places on Earth are slowly opening back up...only to close down again.
Due to a surge in coronavirus cases in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland, which reopened to the public less than a month ago, is shutting down on July 15.
“As required by the government and health authorities in line with prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland park will temporarily close from July 15,” said Disney in a statement.
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida reopened July 11 as planned, despite a surge of coronavirus cases over the past month in Florida and petitions with over thousands of signatures calling for the reopening to be delayed.
Outside of the U.S., Disneyland Shanghai reopened on May 11. Disney's U.S. theme parks will follow many of the same social distancing guidelines as Disneyland Shanghai when they reopen.
Disney Springs, an outdoor shopping and dining complex located at the Walt Disney World Resort, began a phased reopening on May 20.
However, both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure—which were supposed to open July 17—have been pushed back to a yet-to-be disclosed date.
The reopened parks don't look like they used to.
For one, visitors are limited in numbers. Attendees are also required to wear masks. Some elements of the park experience, like meet and greets with characters, parades, and nighttime spectaculars remain closed for the time being.
Yet to be seen is whether Americans will be continue to be willing to wear face coverings at all times, especially in the Florida heat. TheStreet's Jim Cramer raised this concern in an interview with Katherine Reed: “Masks are something that’s very up in the air in this country. We don’t know whether a lot of people are willing to wear masks,” he said.
Disney originally closed its theme parks, including Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland Paris Resort, and the Disneyland Resort in California, in March amid the global coronavirus outbreak.