Should Disney Reopen As Planned?

There is growing speculation and uncertainty about wether Disney World Florida should be reopening right now. We are two weeks away from all four parks opening (Magic Kingdom,  Animal Kingdom July 11th. Epcot, Hollywood Studios July 15th). A petiton is out supported by 7,000 signatures and growing. The petition states. Disney Union workers are also running a Change.org petiton which has 50k+ signatures.

“This virus is not gone, unfortunately it’s only become worse in this state,” the petition posted on MoveOn.org. “While theme parks are a great way to relax and enjoy free time, it is a non-essential business; it is not fair to the people who work there to risk their lives, especially if they are at risk or have family members who are at risk. People are more important than making a profit.”

Disney CEO Bob Chapek said last month “I think what we can say is that we’ve done everything we can to open up responsibly,” Chapek said. “Taking the guidance of local health officials, state health officials, national health officials, plus our own well qualified doctors on staff to create an environment to create new operating procedures, to create new policies, to do new training, new standards of hygiene.”

There is significant concerns from cast members with reports that they have been pushing within their unions for Disney to reconsider current reopening dates. With the double blow of a continuing surge in cases in Florida and the delaying of reopening in Disneyland California.

Disney has well publicised it’s new measures to keep parks as clean and safe as possible. It’s not as bad for guests who can choose wether to return to the parks when they open. But for workers it’s different as they will have to return to work. The balance between paying their bills and looking after their health is a fine line.

We think the parks will go ahead with the reopening as planned. But think it would be wise of Disney World to revisit policies for cast members, have ongoing conversations with the unions to see what more they can do to make cast members feel safe.

We’ll have more on this story over coming weeks. How do you feel about the reopen? Are you for it or against it? Let us know in the comments.

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News source: CNN

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