The Walt Disney World Resort will be welcoming guests through its doors this weekend for the first time in four months, with a range of security measures against corona viruses.
The Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom will be reopened on Saturday with new measures, including the option to unlock hotel rooms everywhere with an app, a disinfectant and hand washing stations, and partition walls between guests on trips.
According to Good Morning America, who went on a behind-the-scenes tour this week, guests can expect a new experience from the moment they arrive at the "most magical place in the world".
The Walt Disney World Resort will be welcoming guests through its doors this weekend for the first time in four months, with a range of security measures against corona viruses
Disney hotels have switched to mobile check-in, which means that visitors receive their room number via a smartphone app, which limits all contact with hotel employees.
To lock and unlock the door to your rooms, all you have to do is press a button in the app.
In the theme parks, visitors are greeted at the entrances with temperature controls, capacity is reduced and all guests and employees have to wear face masks.
Disinfection and hand washing stations have been installed in the parks, social distance signs are designed to remind people to keep their distance, and if guests feel like a little something, they can place mobile orders in the park restaurants.
The trips themselves have also been adjusted so that guests can safely enjoy the popular sights.
Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will be reopened on Saturday with new measures, including the option to unlock hotel rooms everywhere with an app, a disinfectant and hand washing stations, and partition walls between guests on trips
Disney hotels have switched to mobile check-in, which means that visitors receive their room number via a smartphone app, which limits all contact with hotel employees. To lock and unlock the door to your rooms, all you have to do is press a button in the app (see illustration).
The characters are shown behind the scenes this week. Character reunions and greetings will also not be available, but according to Disney, the characters will still be present to delight guests in new ways, including at the character breakfast
At Kilimanjaro Safari, the popular safari attraction in Disney's Animal Kingdom, guests will enter the journey through partitions. There are barriers between the rows of the vehicle to reduce contact with other guests, GMA reported.
The Avatar Flight of Passage, one of the park's most popular attractions, can also be customized through social detachment and disinfection stations throughout the building.
Parades and nightly spectacles, which usually attract large crowds and make social distancing a challenge, will not return.
Character reunions and greetings will also not be available, but according to Disney, the characters will still be present to delight guests in new ways, including at the character breakfast.
Jim MacPhee, SVP at Walt Disney World Resort, told GMA that the phased reopening plan was “methodical” and could be adjusted if necessary to ensure that visitors and workers were protected as much as possible.
From the moment they arrive at the "most magical place in the world", guests can expect a new experience with hand washing stations
The rides themselves have also been adjusted so that guests can enjoy the popular attractions. On the Kilimanjaro Safari (pictured), the popular safari attraction in Disney's animal kingdom, guests embark on the journey through partitions. There are barriers between the individual rows of the vehicle to safely reduce contact with other guests
Security measures for corona viruses from Walt Disney World
- Mobile check-in at Disney hotels and the option to lock and unlock the door to the rooms at the push of a button in the app
- Temperature controls at the park entrances
- Required reservations with the Disney Park Pass
- Reduced capacity of guests
- Mandatory facewear required for guests 2 years and older
- Hand washing and hygiene stations in the parks
- Social distance signs
- Incredi crew to enforce social distance
- Mobile orders in the park restaurants
- Customized rides, including partitions and barriers, to reduce contact with other guests
- Parades and nightly spectacles will not return
- Character reunions and greetings are not available, but characters will delight guests in new ways, even at the character breakfast
- Mask-free relaxation zones
"We really focused on making sure that we have a very thoughtful and methodical reopening strategy that is graded at different levels of attendance and that allows us to start, learn and adapt," he said.
The gradual reopening of Walt Disney World begins on July 11th with the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, followed by the reopening of Disney's Hollywood studios and Epcot on July 15th.
This week, Disney actors played the role of guests to test the new security features before the first guests arrive.
Annual ticket holders can visit the parks on Thursday and Friday before the two kingdoms officially open on Saturday.
However, there has been growing concern that the parks will open too soon as coronavirus cases are increasing across Florida.
As of Wednesday, there were 213,794 cases of COVID-19 in the state after another 7,361 infections were registered on the last day.
Another 63 Floridians were killed by the virus, increasing the death toll to 3,841.
MacPhee defended the move to reopen in the midst of a spike in some cases, saying that it was up to the guests to decide whether to return or not.
"We very much believe that we should reopen," he told GMA.
“We focused on that. We have the right protocols and it is a guest choice. & # 39;
However, the Actors Equality Association, a union that represents hundreds of actors in the park, argues that it's too early to open as the cases increase, and calls for regular actor tests, according to Click Orlando.
Disney World hosts cast preview days on Tuesday and Wednesday, during which employees can test the new security measures for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom coronaviruses before reopening on Saturday. A look at Magic Kingdom above
The Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom, which have been closed since March, will officially reopen to the public on Saturday
They shared a petition with over 18,000 signatures and asked the resort to postpone the reopening until further notice.
& # 39; Due to the sudden increase in cases, it is clear that theme parks – a non-essential business – should not be put into operation until the number of cases has decreased. The recent increase in COVID-19 cases is worrying given our scheduled opening in July, ”the petition said.
"The reopening of the theme parks only poses a higher risk for our guests, employees and families to receive COVID-19 … people are more important than profit," added the petition.
According to the latest park statistics, Disney World has almost 70,000 performers.
Disney Parks released a video on July 3rd, in which employees in masks are on their way to work. The employees shine excitedly about the return to the park.
Disney released a video on July 3rd that welcomed the actors back to the park and filmed their enthusiastic reactions. This employee named Michael said in the clip: "I am really happy to be wearing this again!"
This actor raved: "I love being here and it's so nice to finally be home."
The park has introduced new security measures, including limited capacity, required reservations, masks for employees and guests, and temperature checks
The Actors Equality Association, a union representing hundreds of actors in the park, is calling for a delay in resumption as the number of coronavirus cases increases in the state. "People are more important than profit," says the petition with over 18,000 signatures
"I'm really happy to wear that again," says an employee in the video.
In late May, Disney submitted its reopening plan to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, outlining the new precautions for reopening.
Governor Ron DeSantis supported the reopening on Monday, saying he was not concerned that the theme park would contribute to an increase in COVID 19 cases.
"Disney, I have no doubt it will be a safe environment," said DeSantis.
"People who value safety show you that we can deal with the fact that society still works when people go to work, but do so by taking some basic precautions and so on. We really are impressed by what Universal did and I looked at Disney's plan … it's very, very thorough, ”he added.
The number of new coronavirus cases increased steadily in June and July after the state was reopened and thousands of people flocked to beaches and bars.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Florida set a record for most new coronavirus cases in the United States over the weekend with 11,458 new infections in a single day.
Shanghai Disneyland has been back in operation since it opened in May.
All of the entertainment giant's websites were closed in March when coronavirus cases and infections spread across the United States and around the world.
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