Walt Disney World may soon unveil reopening plans amid coronavirus pandemic

Theme park giant present plans to Economic Recovery Task Force, Orange County mayor says

Sky 6 flies over Cinderella's Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom
Sky 6 flies over Cinderella's Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom

ORLANDO, Fla. – Walt Disney World this week could reveal when it will try to reopen its Florida theme parks.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said he believes the company would present its reopening plan sometime this week to the county’s Economic Recovery Task Force. It’s not known which day that could happen.

Disney was among the first theme parks to begin closing on March 17. Since then, thousands of cast members have been furloughed, and the parks have since gone quiet.

Disneyland Shanghai recently reopened, requiring guests to follow social distancing markers and wear a face mask. Disney CEO Bob Chapek has said in previous interviews that U.S. parks will likely require much of the same from both cast members and guests.

Universal Orlando presented its plans last week and got approval from Gov. Ron DeSantis to start reopening next week.

Other smaller attractions have already reopened. Gatorland, Island H20 Water Park and the Brevard Zoo reopened over the weekend. Fun Spot America began welcoming guests on Friday.

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