Disney World reopens as WHO urges virus caution

Disney World reopens as WHO urges virus caution

Disney World reopens as WHO urges virus caution

Though Walt Disney World is finally reopening its parks to the public today, the experience inside the gates of the Most Magical Place on Earth will be a lot different than what theme park fans have come to expect over the years.

From Saturday, one will need to book in advance but you can visit Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Over a quarter of a million cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Florida, along with 4,197 deaths.

Before Walt Disney World theme parks closed back in March, the hottest ticket in central Florida was a boarding group reservation for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

According to reports, Florida reported more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases on July 11, bringing the total across the state to over 250,000.

In Orange County, where the resort is based, authorities have reported 16,630 cases - some of the highest numbers in the state.

Despite the outbreak, hundreds of people made their way to the Disney flagship resort on Saturday.

"Our deliberate and phased approach at Walt Disney World Resort emphasizes multiple layers of health and safety measures", Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said in a statement.

Some of its competitors, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando, reopened to visitors several weeks ago. Disney Shanghai and Disney Hong Kong have reopened as well.

Disney is confident they can operate their parks safely.

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