Disney Set to Reopen This Weekend Despite Coronavirus Surge in Florida

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, will reopen this Saturday, despite the fact Coronavirus cases statewide are on the rise, according to CNBC. Reopening Disney parks is at the top of the list for the company because the parks are big money makers — park revenue made up 37 percent of Disney’s $69.6 billion in total revenue last year.

However, medical experts warn that reopening could be dangerous.

“We are still knee-deep in the first wave of the pandemic, with cases now exceeding three million in the U.S.,” Dr. Ravina Kullar, an infectious disease specialist, epidemiologist and spokeswoman for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, said. “Data has shown us that SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks have happened from people screaming, talking loudly, and coughing and sneezing.”

She also referred to theme parks as a potential “breeding ground” for COVID-19 transmissions.

Disney closed all its parks in mid-March when the pandemic first hit. The company insists it is secure in the safety measures it plans to put in place, which includes a mandatory face mask policy, temperature checks, leaving empty seats on rides, and approximately 4,000 additional sanitation stations in the parks and shopping centers. 

Disney also has three international parks that have already reopened in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Japan.

Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom will reopen this Saturday, while Epcot and Hollywood Studios are scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, July 15. Downtown Disneyland in Anaheim, California, reopened today, according to KABC-TV.