The Orange County task force met this morning to discuss opening phase guidelines for the reopening of businesses & theme parks in Orlando, Florida. They are still awaiting input from the Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis & they plan to meet with him about these guidelines later tonight.
This does not mean that Walt Disney World & surrounding theme parks will open their doors in the near future, but it does look promising that they are putting guidelines in place to prepare for a safe reopening.
The Orange County Task Force said that these are only guidelines for the Theme Parks, but Walt Disney World and other parks are going to have to choose to reopen when they feel that it is safe.
From what is listed in the guidelines above, one can only imagine that there might be very limited, if any access to the shows around the theme parks because the requirement to remain 6 feet apart would be virtually impossible. How they control the guest capacity in the parks, hotels & restaurants is anybody’s guess at this point.
As we can see above, reopening of the hotels will look very different & if you enjoy your morning coffee, be ready to sacrifice that amenity in your room if you visit Walt Disney World in the near future. I would gladly sacrifice some of the various amenities to visit Mickey again. Would you?
Just stocking enough hand sanitizer to supply the number of people who go through the Walt Disney World restaurants, will take time. Thus, reopening may not happen as fast as we all want it to. Due to the dynamics of following these restaurants, there may be some food locations that remain closed when the parks first open.
For theme parks, he mall & Retail guidelines will apply mainly to Disney Springs and Universal CityWalk. Since a number of the stores in Disney Springs are independently operated, they may not all choose to open when Disney Springs reopens. They would have to follow these guidelines on their own.
If you are like me you are anxiously awaiting news of a possible opening date for the theme parks and wondering how they plan to actually enforce the guidelines. Unfortunately, the answer to that seems to be ‘wait and see’. We all have to watch the virus statistics & trust that the decisions made will be in the best interest of everyone. Nobody wants to reopen the parks more than the cast members & surrounding businesses that depend on them for their livelihood.
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We all know one thing… Eventually Walt Disney World WILL REOPEN. I’m excited for that day, I hope that you will reach out to me to help you plan your next vacation, and I look forward to being back in the parks again.
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