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Disney World just picked two dates to reopen its resorts and theme parks

Walt Disney World will reopen this summer

In this March 24, 2020, file photo, lanes leading to the parking plaza entrance of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom sit empty during its second week of closure in response to the coronavirus pandemic in Orlando.
In this March 24, 2020, file photo, lanes leading to the parking plaza entrance of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom sit empty during its second week of closure in response to the coronavirus pandemic in Orlando.
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Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, has proposed two reopening dates for its theme parks and resorts amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to multiple reports,

What’s the news:

  • Disney World has proposed that it would reopen the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11. Epcot and Hollywood Studios would reopen on July 15.
  • Reopened Disney World would include temperature checks, physical distancing, increased cleaning and hygiene measures and limited contact between guests and casts members. This would lead to contactless payments, mobile orders and less high-touch experiences within the park.
  • Jim MacPhee, senior vice president of operations for the Florida destination, announced the plans Wednesday to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • No information has been released for Disneyland.

Some context:

  • Disney has already begun a phase reopening at Disney Springs resort in Orlando. The park reopened a few retail shops and restaurants owned by third parties earlier in May, as I reported for the Deseret News.
  • Disney reopened its Shanghai Disneyland location on May 11. Guests are asked to wear masks and face coverings when they visit the park. Temperatures are checked as well. Guests abided by social distancing during their stay as well.
  • Disney’s reopening in July would be two weeks before the live-action remake of “Mulan” is set to drop on theaters. The film’s release date was moved to July 24.