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Disney Shares Potential Guidelines for the Reopening of Theme Parks

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Today, via the Disney Parks Blog, the Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Pamela Hymel shared some details on plans and considerations as they prepare for the reopening of the theme parks and resort hotels following the closures due to concerns about the Coronavirus.

Here are some of the ways that the Disney Parks may utilize as things move forward towards reopening the parks, as well as keeping Guests safe:

  • Phased reopening: The reopening process of the parks is being looked at closely, including a gradual reopening and/or partial reopening of certain locations. For example, the opening of retail and dining locations prior to the opening of the theme parks. (This would likely mean something like Disney Springs would reopen first.)
  • Physical distancing and capacity measures: Managing Guests in a world where it’s required to have 6ft of space in between will mean that Disney will take a look at queues, restaurants, hotels, ride vehicles and other facilities throughout the park and across the resort. Physical distancing guidelines will be implemented based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies. This will likely include implementation of Guest capacity measures to comply with state and federal guidelines. Disney is also looking at ways that technology will help out, like with the Play Disney Parks App and through virtual queues at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
  • Cleanliness and sanitization: There will be an increased focus on cleaning and disinfection. Disney is working to determine where that should take place, and the cleaning products and processes that will be utilized.
  • Screening and prevention support: Guidance from the government and the medical community regarding enhanced screening procedures and prevention measures will be followed, including those related to personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face coverings. Some measures have already been implemented, like adding hand sanitizers and hand washing stations.
    Cast training: Health and safety is a number one priority. New training will be provided prior to reopening.

Dr. Hymel also shared that she and Disney also working closely with the US Travel Association on a set of guidelines the travel industry may utilize for their businesses to showcase that traveler’s safety is a top focus. These guidelines can be found here.

There was no word announced on when Walt Disney World or Disneyland may reopen. As we learn this information, as well as other information about what Disney will be doing to protect their Guests, we will share it with you here on the blog. For more information about what the theme parks are doing in general in regards to Coronavirus closures and reopening, click here.

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