Florida is currently experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases, causing many to wonder if the local government will put a hold on Walt Disney World’s reopening plans. Specifically, Orange County recently called for all residents to wear masks under a new executive order. Will they also ask Disney to wait to reopen?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: Orange County is planning to let Disney and the Florida governor make a decision on whether or not the theme parks should reopen.
This news comes as Florida’s positive test rate has grown increasingly worrisome. Some are worried that the state could become (or is becoming) one of the hotbeds for COVID-19.
Ultimately, it’ll be up to Disney to decide how they want to move forward. Florida governor Ron DeSantis has made it clear that he’s in favor of Florida businesses reopening. It’d be a surprise to see him change course on that stance now.
Meanwhile, some Disney cast members have formed an online petition that hopes to delay the reopening while COVID-19 cases rise.
There’s still a decent amount of time left before the first couple theme parks (Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom) are scheduled to reopen on July 11. Disney is likely keeping a close eye on the situation and creating worst-case scenario plans. It’s important to remember that all of Disney’s announced plans are fluid and are subject to change.