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:

  • The Magic 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

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DeSantis has defended Disney World’s reopening in 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.”
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