Walt Disney World opens two theme parks amid pandemic

All of Disney's Orlando parks closed in mid-March in an effort to stop the virus’s spread

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The day has finally arrived for Disney fans to once again step foot inside “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”


On Saturday, Walt Disney World opened up two of its four theme parks, Magic Kindom and Animal Kingdom.


The reopening comes as a huge surge of Floridians have tested positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks. On Saturday, there were about 10,000 new cases reported by the Florida Department of Health.


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The park has made numerous changes to its procedures to help ensure safety to both the guest and its cast members.


Hand sanitizer stations have been placed around the park, and physical distancing cues and guidelines could be seen on the ground.


Alongside sanitizing stations and social distance markers, Disney is also requiring all guests 2 years of age and older, along with cast members, to wear an appropriate face covering while visiting the parks.


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Since the park is at a lower capacity, wait times for some popular rides were drastically reduced, according to the Walt Disney World app.


Another change guests will notice is that they won’t be able to hug and greet their favorite Disney characters.


Guests can instead wave and take socially distant selfies as the characters parade around in “cavalcades,” or motorcades throughout the park.


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Disney has been opening its parks back up around the globe for the past two months. In May, the company opened Disney Springs, a complex of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues in Lake Buena Vista.


Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are scheduled to reopen on July 15.

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