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Disney World works to reassure guests, releases magical safety video days ahead of reopening

  • July 09, 2020

The magic is back – and masks are front and center.

Ahead of Walt Disney World’s phased reopening Saturday, the Orlando theme park offered a sneak peek on how they are preparing for incoming guests in a new video.

The footage showed Walt Disney World coming to life nearly four months after the theme park shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic: The water fountains are back on, the tea cups are spinning and world-renowned attractions are in motion. 

During Thursday’s video, masked crew members thoroughly clean the park and go over new social distancing protocols, doubling down on Disney’s mission to prioritize the “well-being of our guests and cast members,” the company wrote on Twitter Tuesday. 

Disney World announced in late May that it would reopen its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, followed by Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios on July 15.

“I have no doubt it’s going to be a safe environment,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday at a news conference.

More: Walt Disney World sets July 11 reopening date for Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom

But as Disney World prepares to open its gates, Florida has recorded the largest weekly increase in coronavirus cases in the country.

In the past seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state has added nearly 67,000 cases. There are more than 210,000 cases statewide, according to the CDC, making the Sunshine State a coronavirus hot spot

Orlando, about 30 minutes northeast of Disney World, has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in Florida behind Miami. Monday, Miami began rolling back its reopening. Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez halted dine-in services at restaurants and closed gyms, party venues and short-term rentals.

Disney delayed its July 17 reopening of Disneyland in California, in part because that state, too, has seen a surge in coronavirus cases.

Contributing: Curtis Tate

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