After semi-shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic, many states in the U.S. have been opening up again. The problem is that coronavirus numbers in the U.S. are the highest in the world and growing. So, of course, this is a great time for Disney World to reopen because Mickey Mouse is a greedy bitch and knows that cartoon mice can’t get coronavirus, I think.
It seems Florida is using the Gia Gunn Medical School Book Of Facts because even though their numbers are spiking (they reported a record-breaking 15,299 new cases in one day and have had a total of 270,000 cases and 4,200 deaths), they are steadily reopening. So this could be a recipe for disaster, but that’s what it says on the Florida state flag so what else is new?
The Hollywood Reporter says that The Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park opened this past weekend, while the EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are going to remain closed until Wednesday. This marked the first time there have been guests at Disney World since mid-March. Disneyland in Hong Kong was open but is now shutting down again because of a spike in coronavirus cases in Hong Kong.
Apparently, Disney World was at 30% capacity and the Disney app showed shorter than normal wait times for rides. The company also covered their asses legally-speaking, as their website lists preventative measures being taken but also how it’s basically your own fault if you catch coronavirus:
“We have taken enhanced health and safety measures — for you, our other guests and cast members. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting Walt Disney World Resort… An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting Walt Disney World Resort, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Help keep each other healthy.”
The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, said he thinks Disney will put a “premium” on safety:
“Disney, I have no doubt, is going to be a safe environment. I think that where you start to see the spread is just in social situations where people let their guard down. Usually like a private party or something like that.”
But food and travel writer, Julie Tremaine, wrote about her visit for CNN and said that hand sanitizer was provided but not mandatory. Sanitary wipes were available to clean tables and chairs, but staff did not clean more than usual. She wrote about finding food under a table and only seeing an employee cleaning once.
She mentioned the rides were almost all operational but many stores, restaurants, and food kiosks were closed. Fireworks and parades are done for to discourage crowds, and meet-and-greets are also over. But you can watch a D-list Disney character from afar, like the evil stepsisters who appeared on Cinderella’s Castle terrace.
Bill Nye will be happy to hear masks are mandatory and they have to be worn at all times unless in a pool or eating. PS: ticket prices are exactly the same.
Disney even made this creepy ad to welcome everyone back to Disney World:
And people have already appropriately remixed it to match the reality of coronavirus:
wow, can't believe disney took their new ad in this direction! pic.twitter.com/xWCv8fqVZ3
— 𝑀𝐴𝑁𝐺𝑂 𝑆𝑇𝑅𝐸𝐸𝑇 (@mangostreetlab) July 11, 2020
I put the Us trailer audio to the Disney ad pic.twitter.com/ZY6tELcS66
— Snore-antine (@TimSatre) July 11, 2020
Congratulations Disney World and Mickey Mouse, you are now officially dumber than Vanilla Ice!