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Disney World will still reopen despite COVID-19 spike in Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis supported the decision for Walt Disney World to reopen

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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.

Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel via Associated Press

Walt Disney World will partially reopen this coming weekend despite the rise in coronavirus cases in Florida, the company confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

What’s happening:

  • TheMagic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park will still reopen Saturday, as originally planned. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will reopen on July 15.
  • The decision to reopen comes as Florida sees a surge of new COVID-19 cases. On Monday, Florida saw 6,336 new cases of the COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 206,447 cases with 3,778 deaths, according to The Tampa Bay Times.
  • The state set records this past weekend with 11,458 cases in a single day, CNN reports.
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday defended Disney World reopening so soon, saying the company has put a “premium” on safety, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • DeSantis said: “Disney, I have no doubt is going to be a safe environment. I think that where you start to see the spread is just in social situations where people let their guard down. Usually like a private party or something like that.” 

Defending Disney World

DeSantis has defended Disney World’s reopeningin the past, saying he wouldn’t stop any theme park from reopening amid the COVID-19 spike, as I reported for the Deseret News.

  • DeSantis said he will not tell Disney World to stop its reopening.
  • DeSantis said in a statement (via WSTP-TV): “We are monitoring all aspects related to COVID-19 in Florida and do not have plans to roll back any approved reopening business plans at this time.”