Disney, SeaWorld to present post-coronavirus reopening plans Wednesday

Plans must be approved by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

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The Walt Disney Company and SeaWorld will present their post-coronavirus reopening plans for their Orlando, Florida, theme parks to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force on Wednesday, a county spokesperson confirmed to FOX Business.

The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force will vote on whether to submit the plans for approval by Mayor Jerry Demings. If Demings approves the plans, they will be sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis for final approval.

Demings said during a news conference Tuesday that two health officials were at Walt Disney World and SeaWorld conducting inspections. The theme parks have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic since March.

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DISNEYLAND GIVES GLIMPSE INTO ITS POST-CORONAVIRUS REOPENING PLANS

According to a statement by Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel earlier this month, the plans will likely include a phased reopening of select retail and dining locations, physical distancing and capacity measures that are compliant with CDC guidelines, increased cleanings and sanitizations, screening and prevention support and cast training.

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., remains closed to the public due to the coronavirus threat. (Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

Disney has previously cautioned that upon reopening its theme parks, some parts "may be limited in capacity and subject to restricted availability or even closure based on guidance from health experts and government officials," according to an update to the Disneyland website. "Furthermore, certain attractions, experiences, services and amenities will be modified, have limited availability or remain closed."

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Disney began the phased reopening of its Florida retail, dining and entertainment complex, Disney Springs, on May 20 and its Shanghai Disneyland theme park on May 11 with social distancing measures in place. The company also announced that it will begin taking Walt Disney World Resort reservations for July 1 and later, according to a statement on Walt Disney World Resort's website.

A sign near one of the entrances to Disney Springs on Monday, May 18, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Disney operates four theme parks at Walt Disney World, which attracted 157.3 million visitors in 2018, according to the Themed Entertainment Association. They rank as the most-visited theme parks in the world.

Guests enjoy themselves at Universal CityWalk on Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The news comes a week after Universal Studios announced its plan to reopen its Orlando theme park to the public on June 5, which was unanimously approved by the task force. The theme park will have social distancing measures in place, including the use of face masks and mandatory temperature screenings upon entry.

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