Disney World Opens Its Gates Amid Virus Numbers Rising

Walt Disney World Resort has begun to reopen in Florida despite a Covid-19 surge across the US state.

Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opened on Saturday. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are expected to restart their operation from 15 July.

In addition, Disney has resumed limited operations at its four parks in Asia, and at Disney Springs – an outdoor shopping mall in Orlando.

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NASA Delays Launch of its Next Mars Rover

Launch of next Mars rover slips to July 30 as planetary launch window extended.

NASA is pushing back the launch of its next Mars rover, called Perseverance, by a week, due to a problem with the rocket.  An Atlas 5 rocket is going to send the spacecraft to the Red Planet. However, due to possible trouble with an oxygen sensor NASA and United Launch Alliance are prompted to delay the launch to no earlier than July 30, the space agency announced Tuesday. The agency’s $2.4 billion Perseverance Mars rover is scheduled to launch from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 on its First Mission for Space Force

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has just launched a U.S. Space Force GPS 3 satellite. The rocket lifted off at 4:10 p.m., from pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The third GPS 3-series satellite designated GPS 3 SV03 is riding a 229-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket. The 9,505-pound spacecraft launched on a trajectory toward the northeast from Cape Canaveral, flying almost parallel to the U.S. East Coast.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Outlines ‘Safe and Responsible Plan’ for NBA Restart

Commissioner Adam Silver says his restart plan is the best option amid coronavirus spike.

The current coronavirus pandemic situation is set to be part of American life indefinitely and NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced the league’s plan to return to play next month in a closed campus environment in Florida was the best option available to the league.

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Major League Soccer Coming to Disney World

MLS is back. City of Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort to host all 26 teams at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex beginning July 8.

Major League Soccer announced a few days ago the league’s plan to restart the 2020 season with all 26 Major League Soccer clubs competing in the MLS is Back Tournament. The tournament will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in neighboring Lake Buena Vista starting July 8. The tournament will be played without fans in attendance and provide a compelling way for MLS to resume its 25th season. The event will be staged with an emphasis on the health and safety of players, coaches, staff, and cast members. All of them will follow specific medical protocols, including regular testing for MLS players and staff, throughout the tournament.

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Universal Orlando Plans to Reopen Resort Hotels on June 2

Universal Orlando announced plans to reopen its hotels to guests, more than two months after they were closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The hotels will start to reopen in phases on June 2, with a range of best practices and hygiene procedures. Universal’s resorts include Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort-Surfside Inn and Suites, and Universal’s Aventura Hotel.

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Walt Disney World Sets July 11 Reopening Date for Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World announced plans on Wednesday to cautiously open its gates July 11.

Disney’s theme parks in Florida have been closed since March 15 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their reopening will follow its Florida rival, Universal Orlando, which is set to reopen June 5.

SeaWorld Orlando also presented its plan to Orange County’s Economic Recovery Task Force and plans to reopen for employees on June 10, and for the public on June 11. 

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Universal Orlando Will Reopen June 5

Universal Studios theme park plans to reopen to the public at reduced capacity on June 5, the company said on Thursday. The announcement was made during an Orange County, Florida Economic Recovery Task Force meeting attended by county, health department experts, and community leaders. The Economic Recovery Task Force approved Universal’s plans to restart on June 5.

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Disney Springs is Reopening Today. What About the Rest of Walt Disney World Resort?

Disney Springs is set to partially reopen to the public today, May 20.

It will be a phased reopening with a limited number of shopping and dining options reopening first, according to the Disney Parks Blog. Disney Springs will be open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

All guests aged three and older will be required to wear face coverings when visiting Disney Springs. Guests will also be asked to have their temperature taken and anyone with a temperature above 100.4 will not be allowed to enter.

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