The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, with Disney in attendance, has been in and out of meetings pretty heavily the past few weeks.
We’ve been keeping an extra close eye on the Reopening Business Group (that has reps from Disney in attendance!) and the Bringing Back Tourism Group. Today, Disney spoke up in a meeting of the former to announce that their reopening plans as of right now are…no plans.
A member of the group asked the park representatives in the committee to weigh in on what they’re thinking about the reopening of their companies and the state. Thomas Mazloum, Disney World’s Senior Vice President of Resort & Transportation Operations mentioned, “We do not have an opening date yet…I want to make it clear.”
Mazloum explained that just because Disney world is taking bookings for June, doesn’t mean they’ll be opening in June. As of now, the company does not have any news about Walt Disney World or any of its other parks. Mazloum reiterated a “want to be clear” saying that there are no plans to share about Disney World reopening at this time.
A few of the other Orlando park representatives weighed in as well. Rich Costales, Universal Orlando’s Executive Vice President of Resort Operations, added that Universal has announced the decision to remain closed through May 31st, and beyond that, they haven’t made a decision.
Costales explained that, like other parks, Universal Orlando is “in limbo” until they understand the recommendations of health professionals. He added, “To speculate past what we’ve announced wouldn’t be appropriate.” Brad Gilmour from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment responded that he had “nothing to add” to the comments from Disney and Universal.
It certainly is interesting to get word FROM Disney on any new plans (or lack of plans, in this case!). We’ll be sure to continue our coverage of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force meetings.
Click here to take a look at the takeaways from the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force last week.
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