Walt Disney World Orlando Still on Schedule to Re-Open in July — Despite Florida Shutting All Bars Due to COVID-19 Spike

The Walt Disney Co.’s high-profile Walt Disney World resort near Orlando remains on schedule to re-open in July despite increases in coronavirus infections in the state of Florida. Indeed, the sunshine state June 25 saw a record 9,000 new single-day infections recorded.

Halsey Beshears, secretary of the Department of Business & Professional Regulation, early June 26 announced on social media that, “Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.”

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Disney, which has delayed re-opening Disneyland and Disney California Advernture theme parks in Anaheim, Calif., after state officials refused to give the green light, could soon reverse policy in Florida.

“I wouldn’t rule it out at this stage. I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Rick Niles, editor of ThemeParkInsider.com, told Fox 13 News.

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Niles said that with virus infections spiking in parts of the country, people should wear masks when outdoors and around other people.

“We need everyone to wear a mask in public because this pandemic is so widespread in so many communities that containing it immediately must be our top national priority,” Niles wrote in a June 25 post. “Until we have universal and frequent testing to know exactly who is, or is not, infectious at any given moment, we need to just assume that everyone might be. So everyone should wear a mask when near others outside their household.”

Disney Delays Re-Opening Disneyland, Disney California Adventure

The Walt Disney Co. late June 24 announced that plans to re-open Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., have been put on hold due to new state government concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

“The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park re-opening guidelines until sometime after July 4,” Disney said in a post on its Twitter feed. “Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the re-opening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials.”

Disney said that once it has a “clearer understanding” when guidelines will be released, it would relay re-opening information to the public. Indeed, prior to re-opening theme parks and resort hotels, Disney has to get approval from unions representing more than 11,000 workers, or cast members, which includes enhanced safety protocols safeguarding staff and visitors.

The original Disney theme park and related California Adventure have been shuttered since mid-March due to COVID-19 fears.

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Meanwhile, Downtown Disney and related businesses are still slated to re-open on July 9 with appropriate health and safety protocols in place as mandated by health officials.