Disney plans to reopen the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks within the upcoming week, with Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom officially reopening on July 11 and EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios officially reopening on July 15.
Ahead of the reopening of two parks this weekend and the Cast Member and Annual Passholder previews this week, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings addressed a question regarding his opinion of the decision for the Disney Parks to reopen.
When asked how confident he is that it is the right decision to reopen the Disney World theme parks this weekend, Mayor Demings replied with the following statement:
“At this point, I’m fairly comfortable with the decision that Disney has made to reopen because of the extent that they have gone through to ensure it’s a safe environment. Again, we saw something positive today in terms of the lowering of the positivity rate within the last week and some of the other things. So we have to take the good news where there’s bad news, as well, and we have to try to get our economy stimulated. But we don’t want to do that at the expense of risking people’s safety.
What Disney reviewed with all of us several weeks ago now should be in place, and we’ll just have to monitor it going forward.”
Demings’s message comes the same day as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s comments regarding Disney World reopening. But whereas Demings shared he is “fairly confortable,” DeSantis shared his confidence, stating that he has “no doubt” the Disney Parks will be a safe environment. Click here for the full story.
The decision for Walt Disney World Resort to reopen the theme parks has been met with mixed opinions, especially in the wake of Disneyland Resort and the state of California pushing back the reopening date of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, CA, until further notice.
We hope everyone who plans to visit Disney World or Disneyland in the near future practices the health and safety protocol that Disney has set in place.