Disney World in Florida reopens a bit -- but no rides yet

Agence France-Presse | Published: 23:30, May 21,2020


Walt Disney World cracked open its doors on Wednesday, offering dining and shopping to masked customers but leaving the beloved rides closed, as Florida begins to slowly get back to business after a coronavirus lockdown.

As the park welcomed people to the Disney Springs shopping strip in Orlando, the new reality of life in the COVID-19 era was stark. Parking was limited, barriers have been erected to encourage social distancing, visiting hours have been reduced and staffers repeatedly disinfected high-touch surfaces.

People were asked to undergo temperature checks as they entered, and face masks are mandatory -- grim stuff for ‘the happiest place on Earth.’

Also posted on the Disney Springs website is this warning: ‘COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death.’ As part of Florida’s phased reopening following a virtual economic shutdown in mid-March to curb the spread of the virus, more restaurants and bars will open up next week. 

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