Theme park fans have a reason to celebrate. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has announced it is reopening on July 11. But the parks won't look quite like they used to.
Theme parks are notorious for long lines, packed performances, and crowded restaurants. Disney World is bucking that trend with a number of new restrictions and protocols to help enforce social distancing and sanitation during the pandemic.
For one, visitors will be limited in number. Attendees will also be required to wear masks. Some elements of the park experience, like meet and greets with characters, parades, and nighttime spectaculars will remain closed for the time being.
A useful case study is Disney Shanghai, which reopened on May 11. The park reopened with limited attendance, advanced ticketing, and increased sanitation and disinfection.
Yet to be seen is whether Americans will 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 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.
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