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Disney CEO Bob Chapek Speaks About Disney World’s Theme Park Reopening Plan!

Disney World has just presented its reopening procedures to Florida’s Orange County Economic Task Force as well as its proposed reopening dates.

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And now, Disney CEO Bob Chapek has just given a brief interview to CNBC with more details about the parks’ proposed reopening dates of July 11th for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, and July 15th for EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

In response to why Disney World will be reopening more than a month after other Orlando theme parks Universal Studios Orlando and Seaworld are reopening, Chapek noted that Disney World is focused on offering a “quintessential Disney experience,” while ensuring safety and sanitation efforts are done “in a responsible way.”

Disney has proposed to start reopening some of its Florida parks on July 11. “We want to make sure that what we present to our guests when we open up is going to be a quintessential Disney experience,” CEO Bob Chapek says.

Chapek stated Disney World will be reopening its parks with a “substantially lower number of guests” but when pressed for more specifics on “limited capacity,” Chapek stated unlike Shanghai Disneyland’s 30% capacity limit which was issued by Chinese officials, there isn’t government guidance in the U.S. on how many guests will be permitted to enter Disney World at this time.

Shanghai Disneyland Fireworks Testing

Learn more about Shanghai Disneyland’s reopening procedures here!

That being said, Chapek stated the number of guests allowed inside the Disney World theme parks will be a calculation of the six-foot social distancing guideline set in place by the CDC as well as the square footage of each park.

World of Disney Social Distancing Stickers

Learn more about the safety measures and procedures Disney Springs has implemented upon its reopening here!

So far, we also know parades, fireworks, and character meet-and-greets will be temporarily suspended while Disney World will be utilizing a new reservation system to limit capacity once the parks reopen. We’ll continue to provide you with more details as soon as they’re released.

Follow along with our live coverage from World of Disney’s very crowded reopening here!

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