Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has no concerns about theme parks reopening

Jul 06, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

In a briefing this afternoon, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded to questions about the theme parks reopening amid rising COVID-19 cases.

DeSantis said, "Theme parks are doing great. Society has to function. I have no doubt it is going to be a safe environment."

Specifically with regard to Walt Disney World, DeSantis said that Disney's plans are "very very thorough."

He was later asked what would make him change his mind about theme parks reopening, but did not offer an answer.

Florida has seen new COVID-19 cases surpass 11,000 per day in the past week, with positivity rates of those tested consistently exceeding 15%.

Walt Disney World begins its phased reopening to guests from July 11, but will begin a round of previews beginning July 7 with Cast Members, and July 9 with Annual Passholders.

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Article Posted: Jul 06, 2020 / 1:39pm ET

JohnD30 days ago

Yep. I was there all last week. Most of the time, the PA announcement is from the familiar announcer you hear on buses. However, from time to time, I would hear the recording of a British woman making the same announcement. And don't think you won't hear it in Galaxy's Edge or Pandora to preserve theming. Nope. Announcements are park-wide.

wdwmagic30 days ago

Yep these have a bit out for a couple of weeks now. They have definitely had to make it clear that it isn't optional.

Sweet Thing30 days ago

I visited Animal Kingdom yesterday and noticed new signage and announcements stating that guests who do not follow the mask rules will be asked to leave. I did notice more cast members firmly asking guests to stop while eating, make sure their masks were covering their noses, or put their masks back on while taking photos. I spoke to a few cast members and every single one said they just want things to return to normal as quickly as possible and these rules are the only way. I witnessed a couple of cast get ignored by guests when enforcing the rules. Those cast members contacted their supervisors to give descriptions of those guests not complying. I can't remember ever seeing the company take a firm stand like this before.

Giss NericOct 18, 2020

I'm just kidding. It's all lies. I just wanted to switch the topic for a while.

GimpYancIentOct 17, 2020

Ok, so a guy wore a mask with some wording on it. He Wore A Mask properly! No one care's what was written on it.

drizgirlOct 17, 2020

You were about to report someone wearing a mask correctly?

LilofanOct 17, 2020

Easier to fire third party for a poor job.

LilofanOct 17, 2020

If third party crews get hurt on the job, Disney doesn't have to pick up their medical / injury costs. That could run into hundreds of thousands of dollars or even more depending on the severity of the injury.

Giss NericOct 17, 2020

I saw a guy in Magic Kingdom recently with a custom made mask that says "WORN BY FORCE, NOT BY CHOICE." I kinda felt that he was trouble already. I'm was about to report it to a CM but decided to let it go since he's not doing anything wrong anyways. It's just a silent protest. I saw him two times after that while walking in Fantasyland and the other while in the queue at Big Thunder. In all fairness to him, he was wearing the mask and wearing it correctly at both times.

ElvisMickeyOct 16, 2020

You’re hilarious, Oswald Cobblepot πŸ™„

JoeCamelOct 16, 2020

Do not have to pay bennies as JohnD said and shifts liability to the third party if they are installed improperly

JohnDOct 16, 2020

Part time, no more than 29 hours. Don't have to pay benefits unlike full time CMs. Hourly rate is also probably less than for full time CMs also.

Goofnut1980Oct 16, 2020

How is this cheaper than having on staff maintenance crews perform the work?

MisterPenguinOct 16, 2020

That baby carriage is not allowed in WDW!!