Disney to reopen Florida parks. Good idea or bad?

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Walt Disney World theme parks will open beginning this Saturday, July 11, for Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15.

Before going on, please remember to answer our poll below about whether you think reopening now is a good idea.

The reopening comes as Florida has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. Disney has made significant changes to its theme parks as part of a “deliberate and responsible plan for reopening.” Here’s a look at some of the changes guests can expect:

• To limit capacity at parks, guests must now make a reservation to visit.

• All cast members and Disney guests 2 years of age and older will be required to wear a face covering. The face covering must be worn at all times except when eating or drinking.

• Guests must continue wearing their face coverings on the transportation system. Buses and monorails will have physical barriers designed to keep people socially distanced.

• For people driving to the parks, the auto plazas will offer cashless payment. Parking lot trams will not be available.

• Temperature screenings will be conducted before guests enter theme parks. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be directed to an additional location for rescreening. Those who again measure 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will not be allowed entry, nor will those in their party.

• Ground markings have been added to attraction lines, shops and restaurants to help guide people in maintaining a proper distance from other parties.

• Disney said most of its rides will be open, but loading procedures have been adjusted to keep a distance between riders.

• Capacity in shops will also be limited and cashless transactions will be encouraged. Changes are also being made to keep eateries safe including increasing distance between seated parties. Food and drink self-service stations have been removed.

What do you think about Disney opening the parks? Please feel free to leave a comment.

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Steve
2 months ago

BAD IDEA!!!!!

Cheryl Bacon
2 months ago

We are Annual Pass Holders for the theme parks in Florida. We refuse to go to SeaWorld owned properties and will let our passes expire. They lost our trust before Covid-19 was in our vocabulary. Disney owned places, we will go to when it gets cooler. We rarely go during the months of July and August, unless we have dinner reservations. Dinner reservations just opened up for select restaurants. We are not making any because with the limited seating we feel it is only right to allow the people staying at the hotels to have more availability for the reservations. If you have followed the Disney news and follow some of the many vloggers and the various “inside news” sources you would see all the restrictions and precautions Disney has done. The Disney Cast Members and Annual Passholders days gave a idea what things will look like. It will not be business as usual by a long shot. In many ways , the new way is going back to the way things used to be; less crowed, clean and many enforced rule

Cindy
2 months ago

Insisting people wear masks outside is ridiculous. The virus is not a miasma. It is spread through close contact for extended periods of time via droplets. I wouldn’t go if I have to wear a mask outside. It’s too hard to breathe in the heat. The CDC and other organizations have repeatedly said masks are useful inside. As for the spike, it’s not near Disney and is localized to nursing homes again. In fact, an announcement by the CDC last week noted that as deaths are down we are on the verge of cancelling “epidemic” status. Deaths are down. Easy to understand. Most cases now are younger people who don’t have it as bad or fight it off. The ICUs are not being over run. People, we cannot eliminate COVID. We can try to manage it, but that is all. Even the CDC says it will become like the common cold – another virus that comes and goes and the younger generation will build up immunity the older didn’t have if they are allowed to do so.

Mike Albert
2 months ago
Reply to  Cindy

Not here to bash, but I don’t know where your information is from. The WHO, just announced that Covid -19 IS airborne. Also, admissions in SW FL are up to 90% census with approximately 35-40% of those beds, COVID-19 cases. Yes, is does see to affect 25-35 year olds more frequently. HOWEVER, that is who is spreading the virus. While LTC facilities seem to have their numbers down, and in FL we have “COVID-19 designated nursing homes, the number of new cases are declining in THAT population. You can verify these from the FL Dept of Health as well as John Hopkins Hospital and CDC as well as WHO. Please get your facts in order before you start mis-quoting information. So back to your first sentence, wearing mask outdoors makes all the sense to impede the spread of the virus. As for wearing it and making you hot, my son wears an N-95, a face shield, a plastic gown and gloves for over 12 hours three days a week. He is a nurse in an infectious disease department of a San Diego hospital.

Mike Albert
2 months ago
Reply to  Cindy

BTW, miasma is a bad smell, not a virus. Most mask will not help eliminate a smell.

KellyR
2 months ago
Reply to  Cindy

Cindy, living in Central Florida, what you seem to understand, is not at all what I hear. There are hospitals that are very close to not having enough room for Covid patients. Some areas are or are considering holding off on the next phase, or possibly going back a step. In our county cases are rising daily, as of this last week. Some hospitals, as of yesterday, are no longer doing elective surgeries again.

Lisa
2 months ago
Reply to  Cindy

Not sure what you’re talking about because Florida has had over 10,000 new cases EVERY DAY for at least the last five days.
With all due respect perhaps you should look at your sources again.

Nana from FLA
2 months ago

I am sadden with the attitudes of people towards this virus pandemic. Where was this concern and worry over the last 20 to 30 years back with all the flu virus’ we have suffered. Many, Many people died during these flu seasons and never did I see any hysteria or worry like have lately. I hear “but this virus is different.” Yes, it is but, I found all flu have differences and nasty side affects that have caused sickness and death. Wake up everyone this is a political hot potato being pushed by some very nasty people. I do feel sad for those who have lost loved ones, it breaks my heart the many had to die alone, so unnecessary. I do take precautions to protect my family and others, I do care but I refuse to be hysterical about this. I am going to Disney this Fall (plans made last year) and I will be aware/care about my fellow Disney visitors and family. I will also stay away from people for 14 days when I return = isn’t this just common sense for ALL flu seasons?

Mike Albert
2 months ago

We were annual pass holders. We did not renew last year or this year. Living in SW FLA and seeing the crowds at the beaches July 4th weekend would give anyone reason to NOT go to Disney. The beaches were packed with umbrellas and canopies. There was NO social distancing nor masks. Can’t imagine Disney being able to control the crowds while in the park. What good is a mask if worn under the chin or having an exposed nose and mouth??
Hope this doesn’t get removed, but wearing a mask that is not covering your mouth and nose is similar to wearing a condom with a hole.
Yesterday’s number of new cases in FL were over 14000. And they say visit???

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Valid point, Mike. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Hesn
2 months ago

With Florida reporting the highest daily number of new cases, cannot understand why anyone would want to put their children, other family members or themselves at risk. And would not surprise me, that they would blame Disney if someone became ill, or worse yet, died because of a voluntary, risk taking visit to the park; hopefully Disney has all guests sign a waiver accepting the risk they are taking upon themselves, to protect Disney.
Glad to see the vast majority think it’s too soon.

Cheryl Bacon
2 months ago
Reply to  Hesn

All Disney, Universal, SeaWorld and Legoland properties have signs stating the risks and by reserving a ticket and entering the properties the person going has assumed the risk.

Ann
2 months ago

Besides being unsafe, it’s incredibly tone deaf to reopen when the ICU’s in Florida are full and numbers haven’t peaked yet. It’s also incredibly stupid for the state to allow it right now.

Lisa
2 months ago
Reply to  Ann

They can thank the worthless governor for
allowing this to continue.

Ron
2 months ago

Coporate greed over human life, sad.

Dee F
2 months ago

I think Disney is doing the right thing. The parks will be much safer for all with these practices in place. If you aren’t comfortable don’t go!

Cheryl Bacon
2 months ago
Reply to  Dee F

I totally agree!

Lisa
2 months ago
Reply to  Dee F

Disney is not doing the right thing. I understand they have to look at the financial picture but what about the cast members who are forced to work around guests who won’t follow directions without a pandemic? They’re putting their health at risk so Disney can reopen. This is just a lawsuit waiting to happen and I hope like heck my kid isn’t one to get the virus because of idiots.

Cheryl Bacon
2 months ago
Reply to  Lisa

Lisa what you are not seeing is, there are so many that resent Disney for all the new regulations and not having the parades, fireworks, and meet and greets etc, that they are not coming. They think they are the only ones that spend thousands of dollars a year to go to Disney. Those people are doing Disney a huge favor by refusing to come and follow the rules. Disney has enough Florida residents Passholders, annual Passholders, and Disney Vacation Club members, not to mention the people that own multi million dollar homes in Disney’s Golden Oaks subdivision to fill the 25% of reservations they are allotting. Even if and when they go to 50% they have enough of a pool. With Disney being in Florida, people have less of a chance to get it at the parks, then just everyday living or visiting in Florida. As far as the Cast members, they wear masks and face shields, unless they are part of the Actors Union.

Lisa
2 months ago
Reply to  Cheryl Bacon

I’m not going to argue the point because your ‘facts’ about having less of a chance of getting it while in the park are skewed just as your ‘facts’ were in an earlier post.
The fact I do know was on opening day yesterday they were already having issues with people keeping their masks on.

Connie Simms
2 months ago
Reply to  Cheryl Bacon

Hmmmm…..you’re a great cheerleader for Disney, for sure. What you seem NOT to understand, isn’t the fact that Disney COULD reopen safely….just NOT NOW with new cases in Florida over 10,000 a day for the last few weeks & yesterday, beating New York’s highest at 15,000 cases in ONE DAY! I mean, I like amusement parks as much as the next one but I’m not willing to risk MY health/life or my children/grandchildren’s just to go to Disney for a day right now. Maybe next year…..

Just another Americanism proved to be so true: Instant gratification over common sense.

Douglas C Rutz
2 months ago

In a perfect world people would respect the health of their neighbor. That would mean wearing a mask, social distancing, and sanitizer. If this was done, there would be no need to close anything. Unfortunately that is not what we have.

KellyR
2 months ago
Reply to  Douglas C Rutz

Douglas, so true. I do not know what happened to one having respect for those around us. Give me the ’40s ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Somehow my life has taken me to a large metro area. Oh, to be in a small town again.

Todd
2 months ago

We trust Disney but don’t trust the guests or the unknowns about the virus. We’re annual passholders sitting this one out. 🙁

Mindi
2 months ago

I went to Busch Gardens last week and it was the best time ever. Limited guests made for a very enjoyable day. Temperatures were taken to enter the park and rides where sanitized every hour. Sanitizer stations were everywhere! Masks were worn by everyone. They kept the park’s attendance way down with the reservations and no more waiting in line for 2 hours for one ride!

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Drew
2 months ago

I’d like to take the poll but for me- the restrictions make it impossible to enjoy the place.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Drew

Sorry, Drew. I’ve replied with this info before but in case you haven’t seen it, I’ll put one of our IT person’s (Jessica) explanations here: “Sometimes script blockers and ad blockers interfere with our polls since they are from a 3rd party site. If you have one of these try turning it off and see if that fixes the issue.” I’m not tech savvy, but I think I’ve seen where you can allow popups for just a specific page? I hope you can get it to work. Sorry for the inconvenience. Have a great day, and stay healthy. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Cheryl Bacon
2 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Diane I don’t think he was directing that comment to RV Travel. I get the newsletter fine, and I have ad and pop-up blockers etc on my computer. I think he does not like the restrictions and changes to Disney. His choice, but his attitude was exactly what Disney was hoping for. They want less people there, and they want the people that enjoy the parks and have no problem with the changes and rules.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Cheryl Bacon

Ha! Thanks, Cheryl. On rereading his comment, I’m sure you’re correct. Hundreds of comments I’m trying to catch up on today and read it too fast. BTW – Did you get my email a couple of months ago asking if you have any relatives in the Seattle area? I grew up (in the ’50s) with a couple of girls with the last name of Bacon. Fun times! Take care. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Cheryl Bacon
2 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Oh no Diane, I did not see it. I will go back in my old emails and see if I can find it.

Admin
RV Staff (@rvstaff)
2 months ago
Reply to  Cheryl Bacon

Hi, Cheryl. Thanks for responding. I’ve just forwarded my previous email to you from March, since you didn’t get the first one. Have a good night, and stay healthy. 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Charlie
2 months ago

I was an early visitor to Disney in Southern California when they first opened. I have taken all of my kids and grand kids to both parks in the USA but no more.

No more, Disney has become just another chase the buck and they do not foster the values that Walt had when he was alive. The Magic is gone. RIP

David Allen
2 months ago

IF they enforce the guidelines, and IF people abide by them, and IF they people will use hand sanitizer throughout the day, it will work. Eating areas will be the biggest headache.

Rory R
2 months ago
Reply to  David Allen

That is too many big “IF’s”. THere are always some who won’t follow the rules once they get in. It will be near impossible for Disney or anyone else in an area that large and with that many people to enforce the rules or even catch all the infractions.