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Walt Disney World to Present Reopening Plans to Orange County Economic Task Force

Officials from Walt Disney World will present plans for reopening its Central Florida theme parks to Orange County’s economic recovery task force on Wednesday.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said during a news conference Tuesday that Disney and SeaWorld are slated to make presentations about reopening during the 10 a.m. meeting.

“Walt Disney World will submit a proposal tomorrow, May 27, to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force in Florida for a phased reopening of the resort’s theme parks,” Disney said in a statement Tuesday.

Demings said two health officials with the county were at the theme parks on Tuesday conducting inspections. Those inspections were to determine if the theme parks were in compliance with the CDC recommended guidelines, as well as governor’s executive order.

If the task force approves the reopening plan presented by Disney, it will go to the mayor. Once the mayor signs off on the plan, he will send an endorsement letter to Governor Ron DeSantis.

Disney Springs reopened on May 20 with some third-party locations opening. Some Disney owned locations are set to reopen tomorrow. Guests visiting Disney Springs are required to wear face masks and maintain physical distancing while at the entertainment district.

Universal Orlando presented its plans for reopening to the task force last week. They received approval from the state to begin reopening theme parks the first week of June.

Central Florida theme parks have been closed since mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.