Just yesterday, the Disneyland community heard the news that mass gatherings probably won’t be allowed for many months in California.
Today, we’re wondering what the future holds for Disney World. Florida’s Surgeon General made a statement that could have major implications for the reopening of the Disney parks — that Florida should get used to the current situation until a vaccine exists, no matter how long that takes.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees told reporters that Florida would need to get used to the current health measures in place, as it will be important that everyone stays away from crowds until a vaccine is made available.
Until the virus is removed from the environment, “we’re going to have to practice these measures so that we are all protected,” says Rivkees. He called the current situation “our new normal” until a vaccine can be developed. Rivkees also mentioned that a vaccine could be months or even more than a year away.
So what does this mean for Disney World and its reopening? Well, many of the decisions made about park closures thus far have been based on data and information from health experts and local political officials, and we anticipate that pattern will continue. We’re paying very close attention to these types of comments referencing what may need to happen before the parks can reopen, and the news out of California yesterday and these comments from the Surgeon General in Florida recently give us a bit more insight into what health experts are thinking regarding mass gatherings for the foreseeable future.
Knowing that Disney’s top priority is the safety of its guests and cast members means that, very likely, they will take every precaution to ensure it — including not opening their gates until it’s safe to do so. But Disney is also likely looking for ways to start making magic — safely — a little bit sooner. That’s why quotes coming out of the exec offices at Disney, like Bob Iger speaking about potential health screenings and temperature checks at the parks, are so important to keep an eye on.
Right now, we’re reading between the lines of what’s happening, watching, and waiting. We will report with any developments in the Florida health situation and how it affects Disney World.