The Orange County Economic Task Force has been hard at work envisioning what Florida theme parks will need to do to open.
In multiple meetings last week the group, which includes Disney World representatives, started to discuss potential reopening measures for theme parks. Most notably, they discussed some recommendations when it comes to opening theme parks and hotels — like those in Disney World.
The reopening recommendations aren’t mandatory! Like Captain Barbossa says in Pirates of the Caribbean, they’re “more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.” So it will be at the individual theme park’s discretion on which ones they utilize and which ones they don’t. Still, let’s take a look at what the Task Force has recommended for theme parks.
The Task Force has suggested a phased reopening for the theme parks. The first phase would have the parks operating at 50% capacity, the next would have them at 75% capacity, and the final phase would constitute a full-capacity reopening. For the first two phases, they are recommending that individuals age 65 and up be discouraged from visiting.
It was also recommended that theme parks should wipe down surfaces and railings regularly and install touchless hand sanitizer dispensers at all ticketing and entry areas, turnstiles, and entry and exit points for attractions.
Similar to the recommendations for restaurants, ride queues could encourage people to keep their distance from one another. Part of the guidelines includes a suggestion for markings on the ground in lines to tell guests where to stand so that there is 6 feet between them.
Depending on which guidelines Disney chooses to institute, Cast Members may see some changes to the way they work their shifts. The Task Force has envisioned employees in face masks and temperatures being taken at the start of a shift. 100.4 degrees or higher or flu-like symptoms would mean that an employee should be sent home.
Outside of the parks, the Task Force has discussed some interesting potential changes for hotels. It’s possible that Florida hotels, including the Disney World resorts, could institute sneeze guards at check-in counters and the removal of coffee makers, coffee cups, glassware, and minibar contents from rooms.
Again, these are all suggestions and Disney has not commented on their plan of action at this time. We will continue to keep you posted on suggestions and other information for future re-opening plans as they are shared.
What do you think of these suggested guidelines? Tell us in the comments!