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Disney World plans to reopen in July

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Disney World is slated begin reopening in July, with theme parks around the U.S. seeking to welcome back visitors as states begin to lift coronavirus restrictions.

The Orlando reopening will be phased, senior vice president of operations Jim McPhee said during a presentation to an economic recovery task force, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Magic Kingdom — the most attended park — and Animal Kingdom will reopen their gates on July 11, with Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios opening for business on July 15. The massive resort system has been closed since March 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is not yet known when the California-based Disneyland will be back open for business.

The Walt Disney Co. has already reopened one of its parks: Shanghai Disneyland, the largest international park Disney has, reopened on May 11 after being closed since Jan. 24.

The company is implementing a slew of safety precautions for the soon-to-be-opening Disney World. All visitors will undergo temperature checks and be required to wear face masks. The parks will provide masks for those who don’t have one, according to USA Today.

Orange County officials have unanimously accepted Disney’s reopening plan, though Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) must also sign off on it.

Disney World’s Florida rival, Universal Orlando, is expected to reopen June 5.

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