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Disney World Reopens Its Last Two Theme Parks After Months-Long Closure

The Florida theme park resort reopened Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, completing a rolling opening of Disney World's theme parks that started last weekend with the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom welcoming back visitors.

Lifestyle | | July 20, 2020, 1:06 pm
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 Days after reopening two theme parks amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Florida, Walt Disney World on July 15 welcomed back visitors to two more theme parks that had been shuttered since March because of the new coronavirus. (Gabrielle Russon/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Days after reopening two theme parks amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Florida, Walt Disney World on July 15 welcomed back visitors to two more theme parks that had been shuttered since March because of the new coronavirus. (Gabrielle Russon/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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 The Florida theme park resort reopened Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, completing a rolling opening of Disney World's theme parks that started last weekend with the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom welcoming back visitors. (Kathleen Christiansen/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The Florida theme park resort reopened Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, completing a rolling opening of Disney World's theme parks that started last weekend with the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom welcoming back visitors. (Kathleen Christiansen/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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 The parks were the last of Orlando's major theme parks to reopen after being shuttered since March. Both Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando opened their doors last month. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The parks were the last of Orlando's major theme parks to reopen after being shuttered since March. Both Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando opened their doors last month. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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 The number of visitors being allowed in has been capped to allow for social distancing. All visitors and employees must wear masks and get their temperature checked upon entering. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The number of visitors being allowed in has been capped to allow for social distancing. All visitors and employees must wear masks and get their temperature checked upon entering. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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 Disney is requiring reservations, and Disney employees won’t be allowed to take photos of visitors in front of Cinderella’s Castle since it involves touching the tourists’ cameras. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Disney is requiring reservations, and Disney employees won’t be allowed to take photos of visitors in front of Cinderella’s Castle since it involves touching the tourists’ cameras. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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 Disney World posted on its website that “an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

Disney World posted on its website that “an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present." (Dewayne Bevil/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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 There will be no live shows at Disney World since the reopening has caused a labour dispute between Disney and its actors and singers. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

There will be no live shows at Disney World since the reopening has caused a labour dispute between Disney and its actors and singers. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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 The union that represents Disney World actors and singers has filed a grievance against Disney, saying their members faced retaliation for demanding coronavirus tests. The actors and singers initially were called back to work, but that invitation was rescinded after the union made public their concerns about the lack of testing for the actors and singers who can't wear masks while performing, according to Actors’ Equity Association. (Kathleen Christiansen/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The union that represents Disney World actors and singers has filed a grievance against Disney, saying their members faced retaliation for demanding coronavirus tests. The actors and singers initially were called back to work, but that invitation was rescinded after the union made public their concerns about the lack of testing for the actors and singers who can't wear masks while performing, according to Actors’ Equity Association. (Kathleen Christiansen/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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 Despite the parks being reopened, not all of Disney World's 77,000-member workforce has been called back to work because of the limits on attendance. A coalition of unions that represents about 43,000 workers says only about 20,000 members have been called back to work. (Dewayne Bevil/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Despite the parks being reopened, not all of Disney World's 77,000-member workforce has been called back to work because of the limits on attendance. A coalition of unions that represents about 43,000 workers says only about 20,000 members have been called back to work. (Dewayne Bevil/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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 Guests wave to Mr Incredible during a pop-up appearance of Pixar characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, on the second day of the park's re-opening, in Lake Buena Vista. All four of Disney's Florida parks are now open, including Epcot, the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom, with limited capacity and safety protocols in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Guests wave to Mr Incredible during a pop-up appearance of Pixar characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, on the second day of the park's re-opening, in Lake Buena Vista. All four of Disney's Florida parks are now open, including Epcot, the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom, with limited capacity and safety protocols in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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 Guests walk past the Millennium Falcon in the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction on the second day of the re-opening of Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Guests walk past the Millennium Falcon in the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attraction on the second day of the re-opening of Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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 Guests arrive to attend the official re-opening day of Epcot at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Guests arrive to attend the official re-opening day of Epcot at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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 A cast member dons a face shield and mask at Test Track during the re-opening day of Epcot at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

A cast member dons a face shield and mask at Test Track during the re-opening day of Epcot at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

  • First Published: July 20, 2020, 11:04 am

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