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Walt Disney World Reopening On Schedule While Actors’ Equity Association Wants Disney To Pause & Focus on Science

With the recent news of Disneyland postponing their initial reopening date due to the State of California, of course the focus shifts to what Walt Disney World plans to do as numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to climb.


According to the Orlando Sentinel, “the schedule for the phased reopening of Walt Disney World has not changed, a Disney World spokeswoman said Thursday.”

The State of Florida has already given approval for Walt Disney World’s phased reopening beginning July 11 with Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, followed by the July 15 reopening of Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As previously shared, according to CNN, Orange County Officials are saying the decision to reopen Walt Disney World resets with Disney.

There has however been some pushback from labor groups as well as a petition to delay the reopening plan at Disney World.

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As shared by the Orlando Sentinel, “If Disneyland has postponed, it is unclear how Walt Disney World can responsibly move toward reopening when coronavirus cases are much worse in Florida,” Mary McColl, executive director of Actors’ Equity Association, said in a news release Thursday. Her union, which represents about 600 of Disney World’s 78,000 workers, has been pushing for the company to conduct regular testing of its members. “Now is the time for Disney to pause, focus on the science and put the safety of their actors and stage managers first by making regular testing available,” McColl said.

What are your thoughts on Walt Disney World’s reopening amidst the climb of COVID-19 cases?


About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.