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. 

Walt Disney World plans a phased reopening of the park, said Jim McPhee, senior vice president of operations, with the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom starting operations July 11 and Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios set to reopen on July 15. Disney World visitors will undergo a temperature check and be required to wear face masks and the parks will provide masks to people who do not bring their own. Throughout the theme parks, social distancing markers will be visible. Park capacity will also be limited, and not all attractions will reopen right away.

Disney’s and SeaWorld’s plans were approved by officials in Orange County, Florida last week. Disney Vacation Club resorts at Disney World are scheduled to reopen June 22 with resorts in Vero Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, opening June 15.

According to USA Today.

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