Yesterday, it was announced that Walt Disney World Resort in Florida would be providing free COVID-19 testing to its Cast Members and family members. We also knew Disney issued a statement yesterday regarding information about a new COVID testing center, which will be available for both Cast Members and the general public in Osceola County. However, we now know the location of this new testing center.
The site, at 3010 Maingate Lane, lists its operating hours from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Aug. 17, but will only be available to Disney workers and their families on Thursday. The site opens to the general public Friday, but there will be a dedicated lane for Disney cast members, officials said.
Yesterday, we also reported that Disney World performers can now return to work after Disney issued a statement about the Actors’ Equity Union agreement. In a Tweet yesterday, Scott Gustin shared details about both the Actors’ Equity Union and the coronavirus testing site directly from The Walt Disney Company.
Disney has issued a statement about the reported Actors’ Equity union agreement. It does not confirm they have come to an agreement, but it clarifies information about the COVID-19 testing site: pic.twitter.com/ltD2rFLQby
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) August 12, 2020
The Disney statement reads:
“We have offered the location to help with community testing. The Florida Division of Emergency Management will operate the location which is available to Cast Members and their immediate families as well as Florida residents. Any suggestion that this has been done as a result of any one union is unfounded. Our actions support all cast and our community at large.”
The “one union” referred to by the Walt Disney Company spokesperson is the Actors’ Equity, who had previously denied Disney’s plans for stage performers to return to work.
Know Before You Go
The Walt Disney World experience right now looks very different than it did in a pre-pandemic world. Before you hit Main Street, U.S.A., there are a few key things you should know.
One major change is that no Disney World Guest over age 2 will be allowed in the gates without an approved face covering. This is enforced in all four theme parks and at Disney Springs.
Furthermore, there is currently no park hopping available in a bid to enforce World at this time, you’ll need to make a reservation using the Park Pass System. This is true for . In order to gain entry to any Annual Passholders, single-day ticket holders, and multiple day ticket holders.
With a bit of preparation, the magic of Walt World Resort is still alive and well in !
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