Crowds packed tightly at the Magic Kingdom the night before the parks closure due to COVID-19.

Florida Surgeon General Recommends Practicing Social Distancing Until COVID-19 Vaccine is Available; Likely to Heavily Impact Walt Disney World Operations Upon Reopening

With news circling about the unlikelihood of mass gatherings in California through August, plus the expanded use of QR code checking in Shanghai Disney Resort, further news regarding social distancing protocols in Florida may hint to potential changes across Walt Disney World Resort.

Crowds packed tightly at the Magic Kingdom the night before the parks closure due to COVID-19.

According to Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, Floridians should be keeping their distance, avoiding crowds of 10 or more, and wearing face masks in public for up to a year until a COVID-19 vaccine exists. The Surgeon General spoke at a press conference on Monday before being whisked away by a spokesperson for Governor Ron DeSantis.

“Until we get a vaccine, which is a while off, this is going to be our new normal and we need to adapt and protect ourselves,” he said.

How this will affect park operations at Walt Disney World is still unknown, but we’ve already seen the expansion of Boarding Groups and virtual queues on the My Disney Experience app, and it’s likely that we’ll see more changes in the lead-up to the park’s eventual re-opening.

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Goat
Goat
1 year ago

Well there’s definitely more going on here than a simple news conference for sure. We’ll have to see what the fallout is from his statements. Gotta think the Governor’s not going to be too happy with him…

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Question…Can Disney open the parks until there is a vaccine? I don’t have the answer. I am just curious what everyone else thinks.

Than
Than
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

Even if they did, I wouldn’t go. But I am a high-risk person with a poor immune system.

Dr. Chicken Little
Dr. Chicken Little
1 year ago

If you’re scared buy a dog. There are currently 22,500 cases in the State of Florida. Magic Kingdom averages 57,000 visitors a day. So all of our lives have stopped for a “pandemic” that after 2 months has effected less than half the people that walk into one of four parks on any given day. If you’re sick or afraid of getting sick than stay home, the majority of us want to get back to normal

Than
Than
1 year ago

It hasn’t effected that many people because of preventative measures like shutting down the park.

Mr. Reality
Mr. Reality
1 year ago

There are currently 657,720 cases in the US, with 33,460 deaths. Since everyone goes to Magic Kingdom, you’re looking at 11 straight days of people getting infected. With a death rate of approximately 5%, you’re looking at 2,850 deaths a day at Magic Kingdom.

Viruses knows no borders. It doesn’t care what you want or like.

Ahnsael
Ahnsael
1 year ago

This is just strange. I mean, EVERYTHING is strange right now. But to have Florida’s Surgeon General removed from a briefing while he’s being asked a question is NOT normal. It’s not even acceptable as the “new normal” that we’re all going to have to deal with when things reopen. It just reeks of him being silenced.

Jason K
Jason K
1 year ago

Okay, I’m starting to get really unhappy about this.

Michael Harbuck
Michael Harbuck
1 year ago
Reply to  Jason K

Unless you can hear her talk it could have been as little as a important personal call. Let’s not put the cart before the horse. It’s going to take some time to get through this whether months or a year it is what it is

April
April
1 year ago

Absolutely ridiculous.

Than
Than
1 year ago

This IS the new normal. Get used to it.