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Walt Disney World has been approved to open in July

SeaWorld in Orlando also got approval from Florida to open its theme park.
In this January 2020 photo, Mickey and Minnie Mouse perform during a parade at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World.
In this January 2020 photo, Mickey and Minnie Mouse perform during a parade at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World. [ JOHN RAOUX | AP ]
Published May 29, 2020
Updated May 29, 2020

It’s official: Florida theme parks will open again soon.

The state has approved the reopening plans submitted by Walt Disney World and Sea World, according to Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. The parks have been shuttered since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Walt Disney World will begin opening its parks on July 11. SeaWorld will reopen June 10.

When they reopen, theme parks will look and feel a lot different than they did when they closed more than two months ago.

Related: Here's what Disney's reopening plan looks like

This week, Disney announced that it will suspend its traditional FastPass system and use it to queue space for distance between guests. The company also said its hotels, restaurants, attractions and experiences will have limited capacity based on physical distancing directions from heath experts. In its parks, Disney will require guests to wear masks.

Crowd magnets like parades and firework shows may remain closed or have limited availability. All existing dining reservations and experience bookings have been canceled.

SeaWorld will require temperature checks and face masks for both customers and employees.

Related: Is Shanghai Disneyland's opening a model for what will happen here?

Theme parks are allowed to open at 50 percent capacity under the governor’s most recent orders, but Disney has not yet specified capacity limits, or indicated how reservations will be made to get into the park. At Shanghai Disneyland, which reopened earlier in May, guests had to register ahead of time for a park visit.

Here’s when the rest of Florida theme parks plan to reopen:

  • June 1: Legoland Florida
  • June 5: Universal Orlando: Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay
  • June 11: SeaWorld Orlando
  • June 11: Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island
  • July 11: Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • July 15: Walt Disney World: Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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