ORLANDO, Fla. – Days after reopening two theme parks amid a spike in coronavirus cases, Walt Disney World welcomed back visitors Wednesday to two more theme parks that had been shuttered since March because of the coronavirus.
Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopened, completing a rolling opening of Disney World’s theme parks that started last weekend at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando opened their doors last month.
All of the parks have new restrictions.
The number of visitors has been capped to allow for social distancing, and reservations are required. All visitors and employees must wear masks and get their temperature checked upon entering.
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Disney employees won’t be allowed to take photos of visitors in front of Cinderella’s Castle since it involves touching the tourists’ cameras. Disney World posted on its website that “an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.”
There will be no live shows at Disney World since the reopening caused a labor dispute between Disney and its actors and singers.
The union that represents the performers filed a grievance against Disney, saying they faced retaliation for demanding coronavirus tests. They were called back to work, but that invitation was rescinded after the union made public their concerns about the lack of testing for the actors and singers who can’t wear masks while performing, according to Actors’ Equity Association.
A coalition of unions that represent about 43,000 of Disney World’s 77,000-member workforce said only about 20,000 members have been called back to work because of the parks’ limits on attendance.
Opening day at Disney World: Small crowds, short lines, social distancing and COVID-19 merch