Disney World parks in Orlando, Florida are reopened almost four months after they closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopened on Saturday, while Epcot Studios and Disney’s Hollywood will reopen on July 15.
“The most magical place in the world” is once again open for business as Florida continues to accumulate an almost record number of new cases of coronavirus.
The state reported Friday 11,433 new cases of COVID-19, the largest daily increase in Florida since July 3, when 11,458 cases were recorded. The Florida Department of Health reported 435 additional hospitalizations – the state’s largest one-day increase. The death toll in COVID-19 state exceeded 4,100.
The United States registered more than 70,000 new cases of coronavirus in a single day Friday for the first time. States like California, Texas and Georgia contributed to the national record, as did Florida.
To date, more than 3.2 million cases of coronavirus have been reported across the country. The virus has killed almost 135,000 people, according to the NBC News count.
The spike in cases prompted many cities and counties in Florida to reinstate the restrictions and safety protocols that were lifted in May when the cases appeared to be going down.
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But Disney parks are reopening, with new rules in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Visitors should practice social distancing and wear face masks. Only reserved people can enter the parks and will not be allowed to jump between the parks.
Tickets for the month of July have already been sold, reported WTVJ, an NBC subsidiary in Miami, Florida.
Visitors and employees will have their temperature checked before being allowed in.
A rehearsal with employees, bloggers and other influencers took place Thursday before the reopening.
“This is an opportunity to come back and be in the magic,” Diane Watkins, a preschool teacher from Helena, Alabama, who visits the park about eight times a year, told Associated Press on Saturday.
“Warm or not, mask or not, we’re just happy to be here. I have the impression that everyone here is in the same state of mind. Everyone is so excited to be here. “
Watkins said that when she and her 16-year-old daughter entered the Magic Kingdom on Saturday morning, then saw all the actors lined up and cheering on Main Street, she cried.
“It was very moving,” she said.
All Orlando Disney parks closed in mid-March to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
In April, Disney secured approximately 100,000 theme park and hotel employees, including actors who embody the beloved characters from Walt Disney in Florida and elsewhere.
Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando, which closed at around the same time, reopened several weeks ago with security protocols to protect employees and customers from the virus.
In May, the company reopened the Disney Springs shopping complex in Lake Buena Vista, along with some restaurants and entertainment venues. Disney Vacation Club properties at Walt Disney World and Disney’s Wilderness Resort & Campground are also open to members and guests.
While most Disney sites in Florida reopen slowly, Disneyland in California is still closed.
The company originally planned to reopen Disneyland on July 17, but had to abandon that date indefinitely, pending further state directives on reopening.