Orange County Mayor States Businesses, Including Walt Disney World, Could Be Closed Through Early June

As the extended closure of Walt Disney World Resort continues, guests and Cast Members alike clamor for a potential reopening date. We’ve turned to financial analysts and calendar updates for possible clues, but the reality is, no one really knows for certain when the parks––or even the rest of the nation––will return to normal. That being said, someone who is fairly familiar with the Orlando economy has given his current guesstimate regarding the ongoing closures, and that’s Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

Cinderella Castle the night of the Magic Kingdom closure.

As the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic peak throughout Central Florida, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings says that local hospitals are seeing fewer patients admitted for COVID-19. Local businesses, including the theme parks, are eager to reopen their doors once the stay-at-home order is lifted, and according to Click Orlando, the mayor believes it could be another two months before any reopenings.

In a live town hall with Click Orlando, Demings stated the following regarding current restrictions and possible reopenings:

“I believe, given the models, it could be June — early June — where we see some relaxing of the restrictions in place. But they would have to stay in place to some degree through late summer.”

Government officials like Mayor Demings are trying their best to gauge when it’s safe enough to let people go back to work and resume their lives. With social distancing guidelines still in place and likely to be extended as well, it’s likely that businesses like Walt Disney World will have to adapt to them in order to operate upon reopening. In the meantime, Walt Disney World Resort remains closed “until further notice”, with only essential Cast Members reporting to the property––with face masks.

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Brandon
Brandon
1 year ago

I was working on Semoran blvd yesterday, I’m a utility worker, and that bikini car wash was still open. Essential business. Yeah, right. There’s just as much traffic around town as there’s always been. No one is staying home.

Nick
Nick
1 year ago
Reply to  Brandon

The Scrub & Tug is still open!!…my van could definitely use a wash and wax

Jennifer J Piehl
Jennifer J Piehl
1 year ago

Even if Florida relaxes rules (which they seem to wait too long or jump the gun on things dealing with this) I should would think twice about going anytime before late this fall, depending on what the scientists say.

Than
Than
1 year ago

Scientists say the peak will be in June.

Ell
Ell
1 year ago

Might open for a couple months then have to close again until next summer.

Joy Ann J De Meta
Joy Ann J De Meta
1 year ago

Small businesses should be opened up long before mass gatherings like that.
Talk about a recipe for disaster!

The greater the mass, the last to open should be the rule.

none
none
1 year ago

Where did you read that you could get your money back? Looks to me like they just let you use your tickets or apply the value to new tickets.

Antonio Guillen
Antonio Guillen
1 year ago
Reply to  none

You can get money back just research it on Disney Google

Natasha sirugo
Natasha sirugo
1 year ago
Reply to  none

If you made a reservation, you can either cancel and get all your money back up until I believe until August or you can reschedule it for as long as you want for free with no fee for rescheduling.

Antonio Guillen
Antonio Guillen
1 year ago

Dont go cancel get refund wait until next year

Natasha sirugo
Natasha sirugo
1 year ago

Disney knows what they’re doing and if they offered a free Dining plan starting June first, then they are opening with provisions in place.. my reservation is June 9th and I will be there with my mask on, gloves on and with my antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizers ready to go! Can’t wait!