Tourism is beginning to show rebounding signs in the United States. Disney World and other Florida theme parks announced their plans to reopen. Disney submitted a plan for Orlando’s authorities proposing a reopening schedule from July 11 onwards. The Disney World park designed solutions aiming to keep employees and visitors safe from spreading COVID-19.
Disney receives a lot of tourists from Latin America. According to Orlando Sentinel, in 2018, officials from the tourism marketing agency announced that a record 75 million people visited Central Florida, an increase of 4.2% from the previous year. This included an 8.1% increase in visits from Brazilian tourists, to 893,000, one of the biggest international groups the parks receive, and a 13.4% increase in tourists from Mexico, to 382,000.
“Pending Orange County and state approval, our Walt Disney World Resort proposal plans for Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom to begin a phased reopening to the general public on July 11, followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15″, said the company, in a blog post.
According to Disney, parks will limit attendance and control guest density that aligns with guidance on physical distancing. Certain experiences that draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date, according to Disney. In addition, “high-touch” experiences such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be at the parks to entertain guests.
At this time, Disney is temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations to focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations. Disney Vacation Club members, however, can still make new reservations).