Twitter Users Question Safety Of Disney World Resorts and Disney Springs Remaining Open During COVID-19 Scare
What a week its been Disney friends. As COVID-19 continues its spread across the US, Disney World has enacted some unprecedented measures including a two week shutdown of their theme parks on both coasts as well as Disney Cruise Line.
Despite the shutdown of all four Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney has made the decision to keep their 29+ resorts open as well as Disney World’s downtown-shopping district- Disney Springs.
According to a recent piece on MSNBC, visitors, cast members and more are taking to Twitter to voice their concern regarding these measures: Though Disney Springs is made up of many independent businesses all of whom will have their own policies regarding COVID-19 policies and procedures many feel that keeping this neighborhood open is unsafe, will make it a haven for stranded Disney-travellers and is counterproductive to the social distancing that country is being urged to practice.
Check out some of the feedback:
Sure let’s keep Disney springs open. That way people have nowhere else to go and guests will funnel into a smaller space and put THOSE cast members at and even greater risk instead.
— Ricky DeVito Jr. (@RickyDevito) March 13, 2020
— Eliza (@elizaa389) March 13, 2020
@WaltDisneyWorld I understand from a business aspect as to why certain locations such as DisneySprings will remain open. But due to the high volume of traffic W.O.D experiences daily, are you not afraid that an increase of traffic will put your cast members health at risk?
— eryn (@erynyre_) March 13, 2020
disney can’t close disney springs but they can close disney operated stores and restaurants. let your cast members go home and be with their families if they chose
— ditto⁷ (@jkookie_mochi) March 14, 2020
Me: Can we PLEASE shut down Disney Springs too?!?!
Disney: Yes, we WILL release Frozen 2 on Disney+
— K.N.G (@Karina_Nic05) March 14, 2020
What I'm confused about is that Disney is keeping Disney Springs, the hotels, and the restaurants all open. Does COVID-19 not spread in restaurants? pic.twitter.com/5vXGOlF1AZ
— Jose Castillo (@Kryptonlogic) March 13, 2020
It’s unclear as of going to print whether these properties may continue to remain open after all theme parks are officially closed (later today.) However, as of this weekend, guests are still reporting that Disney Springs continues to have steady crowds.
Except for everyone that came here to go to Disney will now be packed into Disney springs. So no, it will not be “easier to practice social distancing.” My girlfriend works at DS and she says it’s already a mad house. Not good.
— Dari Lamastus (@DariLamastus) March 14, 2020
Many are speculating that these areas only remain open to provide some level accommodation to stranded passengers who have seen their vacation cut short as a result of the closures. It would make sense that Disney will gradually close resorts as crowds start to taper off.
That does seem like a really strange choice… One of the reasons colleges are closing down is because of the close living proximity in dorms… How are hotels any different?
— Amanda (@999HappyHops) March 13, 2020
It’s hard to say how operations at the resorts and Disney Springs over the next few weeks will be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. However, we here at MickeyBlog will continue to keep you posted of the latest Walt Disney World news and developments so keep following along.
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