Disney World Proposes July 11 as Reopening Date for Florida Park

May 27, 2020 Updated: May 27, 2020

Walt Disney World officials announced Wednesday that July 11 will be the date for some areas of the Florida theme park to reopen.

The park was closed to the public on March 14 amid the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus health crisis.

“Our plans call for a phased reopening for our theme parks, beginning with the Magic Kingdom, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, on Saturday, July 11. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open on Wednesday, July 15,” said Jim McPhee, the senior vice president of operations at Walt Disney World, in a statement to Fox News.

He added: “We believe our reopening proposal for our property reflects a very thoughtful, methodical and phased approach and we’ve incorporated all of the reopening protocols throughout our guest experience, and our cast experience.”

SeaWorld also proposed reopening three of its parks in Orlando, Florida, on June 11, according to CEO Marc Swanson in a statement to the Orlando Sentinel.

Both Disney and SeaWorld said that guests and employees will be required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks at the parks, the newspaper reported. The parks will also include changes to promote social distancing and hand-washing.

Now, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will have to sign off the proposals from the theme park operators before sending over their plans to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, The Associated Press reported.

Last week, Universal Orlando said it would reopen its Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay on June 5. Its plans were approved by local officials before it was forwarded to DeSantis’ office.