Latest Walt Disney World operating hours update shows park closures extended further into May

Apr 23, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Thursday April 23, 2020 6:14pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Walt Disney World operating calendar has been updated and now shows the parks closed through May 16 2020 (previously May 9), and those with reservations during that time are being notified of cancellations.

These latest updates are largely a formality as various restrictions remain in place preventing any opening.

Walt Disney World Resort hotels and theme parks are currently closed until further notice. Disney recently began accepting hotel reservations for June 1, which appears to offer some indication of when Disney hopes to resume some type of operations in Florida. 

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Heelz231510 minutes ago

^^The question will be if/when it drops back that low what will Disney do? I would think to help draw the crowds back in sell the fact things have improved and are safe to come. Hopefully the indoor masks (seeing they're the only theme park that requires them) will be removed.

GoofGoof11 minutes ago

I did see a TV interview where they confirmed there were no recorded cases of myocarditis. As @Heppenheimer said, small sample size but still good news.

Bob Harlem25 minutes ago

Should be under 5% by the 2nd week of October based on the UF projection models, which have been a lot more accurate so far than I would have originally believed.

Heelz231545 minutes ago

Positivity rate in Orange Co down to 11.47%, dropped 1.32% in the last 7 days. Once it gets below below 7.9% they'll be in moderate category spread. Less than 5%, they'll be the low category spread. Either one they should drop the indoor masks. Things are improving, and Disney' policy should reflect that.

Heppenheimer1 hour ago

I'm actually a little disappointed in the numbers involved. The most severe side effects recorded in the trials and initial post-marketing surveillance showed up at a rate of 1 to 100k to 5 million. Just over 2K subjects simply isn't enough to know anything about the frequency and severity of the rare but more concerning side effects compared to other age groups. That being said, I'm still lining my up my son as soon as he is eligible, barring some unforeseen problems with his age bracket. But if there is going to be some issues with kids, even if they are extremely rare, it's just better science to have some estimation of the frequency and severity prior to marketing, not after.

EpcoTim1 hour ago

I probably could have worded that better but my point was that a vaxxed person could be carrying it and have zero idea because they show no symptoms yet they can spread just as easily. Granted, vaxxed are a lot less likely to carry in the first place but if they are they can still spread, some don’t consider that point though. Personal experience, but I’ve ran into quite a few who think just because they have the shots they are in the clear 100%. This actually happened at my hotel on Saturday, guy jumps into the elevator with no mask and quickly proclaims that no one should worry because he’s had his 2 shots of Pfizer.

DCBaker2 hours ago

"Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine is safe and generates a “robust” immune response in a clinical trial of kids ages 5 to 11, the drugmakers announced in a press release Monday. The companies tested a two-dose regimen of 10 micrograms — about a third the dosage used for teens and adults — administered three weeks apart. The shots were well tolerated and produced an immune response and side effects comparable to those seen in a study of people ages 16 to 25, they said. Common side effects for teens and adults include fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data, which included more than 2,200 children, will be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration and other health regulators “as soon as possible,” the companies said. “We are eager to extend the protection afforded by the vaccine to this younger population, subject to regulatory authorization, especially as we track the spread of the Delta variant and the substantial threat it poses to children,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said in a release. The new data comes as many parents say they are anxious to get their children vaccinated, especially as schools reopen and the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread. The strain has led to a surge in hospitalizations across the U.S., including among young kids who are currently ineligible to get the shots. So far, the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been cleared by the FDA for people as young as 12, while Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines have been authorized for adults. The FDA is expected to issue a decision sometime this week on which groups are eligible to get a third dose, or booster shot, of the Pfizer vaccine. An FDA advisory committee on Friday unanimously recommended Pfizer booster shots to people age 65 and older and other vulnerable Americans. Bourla said last week that Pfizer could submit data on children from ages 5 to 11 by the end of this month. Additionally, Pfizer expects to release clinical trial data on how well its Covid vaccine works in children as young as 6-months-old to 5 years old as early as the end of October, he said. The release shared Monday didn’t mention whether any of the kids in the trial experienced myocarditis, a rare heart condition seen in a small number of adolescents and young adults."

Lilofan7 hours ago

Anyone who has played football, many hits to the head and body in practice and in games, the pain relief starts with Tylenol...

MisterPenguin9 hours ago

Yes, Me too!! My confidence in the FDA to be unswayed by two administrations and neither administration attempting to force them to do something too hasty has really increased my confidence, too!!!!

GoofGoof10 hours ago

Yeah, I‘ve basically given up trying to figure out what the newest spin will be. Nobody is changing their mind so we “learn to live with the virus”. That doesn’t actually mean what some people want it to though. We don’t just bury our heads in the sand and pretend it doesn’t exist, instead the plan includes continued mitigations like masks and distancing in some cases and attempts to limit unvaccinated people from public exposure for long periods of time including workplaces and certain leisure activities. Once community spread is under control the fully vaccinated will likely be able to return to mostly normal life again.

Virtual Toad11 hours ago

Interestingly it was the exact opposite. The panel decided that the vaccine is so effective that boosters for the general public are not needed at this time. But spinners will continue to spin I guess.

GoofGoof11 hours ago

Considering the FDA committee granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine less than a month ago it would be very surprising if someone from the committee was questioning the efficacy or safety of the vaccine. Seems like more spin from people who continue to crusade against the vaccines. It’s sad to say but there’s not much hope of changing anyone’s mind anymore with facts or data. The process is what it is and as more and more workplace mandates and vaccine passports become the norm people will make their choice. As I said before, the time for debate is over, we tried and failed to change people’s minds. The spin around this vote only proves that. On to plan B.

Virtual Toad11 hours ago

Important to note: The comments in question came *not* from members of the advisory committee, but from outside persons during the meeting’s hour-long “open public hearing” comments period. The speaker you mentioned specifically called for more information as part of a “plea” to be able to convince the vaccine-hesitant to get the vaccine. His full comments are roughly 4 hours in to the 8-hour video you posted. They have not been fact-checked, and they were not endorsed by the FDA or the panel itself. The fact that he was not a member of the panel, and instead just signed up to speak during the “public comment” portion of the hearing, is important context worth mentioning. And probably why his comments are not gaining widespread attention, interest or media coverage.

Nubs7013 hours ago

What was interesting is not that the data was inconclusive... There was not enough data. Yet the politicians were ready to roll out boosters tomorrow. I feel my confidence building.