Gov DeSantis Won’t Stop WDW Reopening Despite COVID-19 and Abigail Disney Speaks Out About It
If you’ve been following along with the news lately then you know that the number of COVID-19 cases are still on the increase in the state of Florida. However, despite the spike in cases, it would appear to be business as usual for Walt Disney World which has started to welcome back cast members and plans to reopen the theme parks beginning on July 11th.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has also been outspoken this week regarding the fact that despite the increase in COVID-19 cases he has no intention on asking Disney to rethink its plans despite a petition from concerned Disney Employees. His office released a statement that read, “We are monitoring all aspects related to COVID-19 in Florida and do not have plans to roll back any approved reopening business plans at this time,”
This decision is in stark contrast to the move made by Disneyland in California last week. On Wednesday, the Anaheim theme park announced that it had “no choice but to delay” reopening plans. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure were originally intended to open on July 17th.
With this in mind, Roy Disney’s daughter Abigail Disney took to Twitter today to share her opinion that if Disneyland is delaying its opening over COVID-19 related concerns in the state of California then Walt Disney World, which is in a similar situation in Florida should do the same. Check it out:
Somehow opening is OK in Fla, but not in CA? What's the difference? Very different governors is all I can think of. I can't speak for what's happening behind the scenes in CA, but Fla's gov is, how shall I put this, more "pro-business" than Ca's, I guess.https://t.co/GedGY555ZI
— Abigail Disney (@abigaildisney) June 30, 2020
This sentiment was shared by the Actor’s Equity Association, a union which represents a large portion of Disney Parks employees. They have said that Walt Disney World should follow the lead of the West Coast Parks and delay reopening. A spokesperson for the union said, “If Disneyland has postponed, it is unclear how Walt Disney World can responsibly move toward reopening when coronavirus cases are much worse in Florida,” said the spokesperson.
Florida has reported a total of 141,067 cases of COVID-19 and 3,418 deaths to date according to a recent post in People.
This is a story that we will continue to follow closely here at MickeyBlog. Readers are encouraged to keep following along with us for the latest news and updates.
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