Update 5/21 9:45 p.m.:
Universal Orlando Resort has officially revealed its reopening plans, which you can read all about here. Additionally, we have more insight into a timeline for when Walt Disney World Resort could reveal a reopening plan.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings shared on Thursday that Disney World should reveal its reopening plans during a meeting in one week.
Demings said, “Disney has given an indication that next week, they will submit their plans. And once they do, then we will schedule that for a full briefing before our Economic Recovery Task Force as well. So at this point, it’s an undefined time or date, but we do look forward to seeing that sometime next week.”
We will update our website as soon as Disney shares their reopening plans as well as a reopening date for Walt Disney World Resort.
Update 5/20 4:15 p.m. Fox 35 Orlando Reporter Robert Guaderrama just shared this clarification regarding the theme parks that will be presenting tomorrow. It appears Universal Orlando will lead the charge followed by the other theme parks in future meetings. See his tweet below:
— Robert Guaderrama (@RobGuaderrama) May 20, 2020
We might finally be able to begin planning a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort with solid dates again soon!
Lauren Seabrook from WFTV took to her social media to share the following announcement:
Just found out our major theme parks, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando, will start making re-opening presentations to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force tomorrow. With these presentations, they MUST provide a re-opening date. Mayor Jerry Demings has to sign off on the plans before they can be submitted to the Gov. WFTV Channel 9
UPDATE FROM ORANGE COUNTY – The presentations will start with Universal tomorrow. The Mayor has an expectation for all…
We are unsure if tomorrow’s meeting will be simply a presentation for approval or if we will actually get some dates we can add to our calendars. But we are certainly looking forward to hearing what the Central Florida flagship theme parks, specifically the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. We cannot wait to get back to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
Bob Chapek has shared the company’s enthusiasm to reopen all Disney Parks as soon as possible. However, Disney is staying on the conservative and more cautious end of things, ensuring they can keep their guests and cast members safe in the process.
Today we say the first of the U.S. Disney Parks properties reopen their doors. Disney Springs has officially begun their phased reopening with a positive response from visiting guests. One of the most important things Chapek noted during a recent interview with CNBC about the success of the parks reopening was how well guests would follow the new health and safety protocols. Face masks and temperature screenings are being enforced and guests seem to be doing a great job following all the new guidelines.
According to the Orlando Business Journal, the Orange County group has approved the reopening of 9 smaller tourist attractions in central Florida as soon as this weekend. This is a very promising outlook for the larger theme parks to be able to reopen their doors in the near future.
This is a developing story. Be sure to keep your eyes on Inside the Magic for the latest in Disney news and magical content!