Orange County, Florida, where Disney World is located, currently has a mask mandate in place. Recently, the Orange County Mayor, Mayor Jerry Demings, commented about when the mask mandate may end. Today we got more updates from Mayor Demings about when mask mandates and social distancing rules may start to change.
Florida’s current vaccine standards require individuals to be over 60 years of age.
As more vaccines become available, that age limit will lower. Recently, President Biden directed all states to make all adults eligible for the vaccine by May 1st. Now, a location in Florida has already lowered its age requirement.
As Hurricane Isaias takes aim at Florida’s east coast, the state is preparing for the arrival of the storm.
While Orange County officials aren’t expecting to feel much of the impact from Hurricane Isaias in the area, they’ve said they’re still prepared to weather the storm. Orange County is included in the state-of-emergency order issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Well, here we are. All of the Disney World parks have reopened and we’ve been exploring the changes for over a week now.
It certainly can be easy to want to settle back into “the parks are open” mode, but just because the parks are open doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily stay that way. Hong Kong Disneyland recently became the first park to RE-close due to the global health crisis…is it possible that Disney World could do the same?
Disney World has officially reopened, but things certainly aren’t back to normal.
We’re contending with all sorts of new health measures in the Disney World parks and concerns about the global health crisis are still very much a reality. In response to these concerns, Florida Orange County mayor Jerry Demings spoke about the reopening of Disney World in a press conference today.
Earlier this morning, we learned about Disney World’s proposed reopening dates and guidelines that will be in place when the parks reopen.
Disney proposed a soft opening of July 11 for Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and July 15 for Epcot and Hollywood Studios. The plans required the approval of the Orange County Task Force as well as the Orange County Mayor, followed by the Governor.
Now that Univeral Orlando has successfully had its plan approved to reopen its theme parks to the public on June 5th, Disney World is about to undergo the same process.
Disney World will be presenting its plan to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings at 10AM Eastern tomorrow morning. If accepted by the Mayor and his committee, it will be passed to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for final approval along with a possible reopening date for Disney World’s theme parks.
As of now, Orlando area theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando have not announced reopening dates.
Universal Orlando’s CityWalk and Disney Springs have reopened certain retail and dining locations to guests and SeaWorld is performing test runs of their coasters with masked riders — but none of these companies have shared a timeline for reopening their theme parks.
Just moments ago, news broke that Bob Iger, former CEO and current Executive Chairman of Disney, had joined California’s re-opening task force.
And while yesterday Orange County, Florida’s Mayor said he would be seeking Disney’s counsel for re-opening businesses in his state, he just made it official!