Walt Disney World Wont Resume “Normal Operations,” Yet

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has removed all restrictions imposed by the state on local businesses and moved the state into Phase 3 of reopening.

    “There will not be limitations from the state of Florida,” he said in a September 25 press conference. For theme parks, Florida’s reopening guidance says, “Theme parks may return to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols.”

    This means that Walt Disney World can increase capacity to pre-pandemic levels, and they are no longer required to enforce wearing of face masks. Although, Walt Disney World, does not intend to return to normal, at least at the moment.

    “We received the Governor’s executive order and are evaluating it to determine what it may mean for our business,” Disney responded in an official statement. “We are not making any immediate changes. As a reminder, face coverings are still required at Walt Disney World Resort.”

    Walt Disney World is in the middle of a phased reopening which means that, not only, are most major parts of the resort only open to a fraction of their normal capacity, but many locations within Disney World are still closed entirely. As a way to prevent crowds from gathering, evening shows have been suspended, and parades have been temporarily replaced by unscheduled character cavalcades.

    But, there are whispers of change: both Magic Kingdom and Epcot have been testing fireworks after park close.