In the next few days, Walt Disney World will begin to move forward in reopening Disney Springs with new safety procedures in place to protect against coronavirus, with social distancing at the frontline. Guests will have to have their temperature taken upon entry and will be required to wear masks, same as the members of staff.
Even though they are putting everything possible in place in order to keep their guests safe, Disney are still not actively encouraging visitors and are stating that a visit would still be entirely at their own risk. They released a statement on their website which encompasses their feelings on the matter.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death…By visiting Walt Disney World World Resort, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.Walt Disney World, resort website.
Disney Springs will be open from the 20th of May but it won’t carry the same ‘happiest place on Earth’ aesthetic as it will still be an ever-present reminder of what the world outside is going through right now. The first Disney park to reopen was in Shanghai, with the marketplace ‘Disneytown’ opening for a month before the rest of the park did, similar to Disney Springs.
Bob Chapek, Disney CEO has expressed his worries about whether Americans will comply and be happy with wearing the masks as there has already been some disparity online when the news was announced. But Disney are standing firm that anyone who doesn’t wear a mask will not be allowed into the park.
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