With Disneyland delaying their reopening for its theme parks — Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure — along with the Disneyland Resort hotels, now the Actors’ Equity Association is urging Disney World to do the same.
Actors’ Equity Association is now speaking out and asking Walt Disney World in Florida to follow along with Disneyland’s decision in postponing the reopening date. With a spike in the ongoing pandemic, they feel this is the safest thing to do.
“If Disneyland has postponed, it is unclear how Walt Disney World can responsibly move toward reopening when coronavirus cases are much worse in Florida,” said Mary McColl, executive director of Actors’ Equity Association. “For weeks, we have made it clear to Disney that testing is a fundamental part of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for everyone, from the guests to the cast.”
McColl continued, “It is deeply disturbing that while coronavirus cases in Florida surge, Disney is refusing to provide regular testing to one of the few groups of workers in the park who by the very nature of their jobs, cannot use personal protective equipment. Now is the time for Disney to pause, focus on the science and put the safety of their actors and stage managers first by making regular testing available.”
More on Disney World Reopening
As of right now, Walt Disney World is planning on reopening in phases next month — Magic Kingdom park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will open the gates on July 11 while EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios plans to open on July 15. The Resorts on property also will be opening up in phases with each resort having a different reopening date.
Remember that when Disney World reopens to guests next month, things at the theme park will look a lot different. Social distancing measures will be put in place, excessive cleanliness, encouragement of mobile orders, plexiglass, and as we previously mentioned, the elimination of character meet and greets. Also being eliminated from the parks are parades and fireworks along with other similar entertainment that draws a crowd, and much more.
If you are looking for more information regarding the Walt Disney World Resort reopening, check out our comprehensive guide here.
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