Disney World reopens: Take an inside look at the Magic Kingdom today
After closing because of the coronavirus pandemic, Walt Disney World Resort has officially reopened two of its four parks -- Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. (Epcot and Hollywood Studios are set to reopen Wednesday).
Disney theme parks, maybe an escape to a fictional bubble. But no amount of pixie dust can wipe away the realities of a pandemic. It does feel a bit surreal. It's a whole new world of temperature checks, parties separated on rides, touchless payments and entry and required facemasks that must loop around human ears. There are also far fewer people in the parks due to significantly reduce capacity and a required advanced reservation for people wanting to go in. I do feel a bit nervous when trying to do all the things I love and enjoy doing again, but also remembering to do them as safely as I possibly can. Wearing an N 95 mask to the parks, social distancing from other park goers, packing Clorox wipes, packing hand sanitizer, keeping my hands clean all the different hand washing stations for locals and theme park bloggers in Orange County, Florida, where covert cases air rising rapidly along with the rest of the state. We feel safer at theme parks than we do at any other normal store or restaurant. It feels safer at the theme parks because they're putting in that extra effort, he says. The extra effort is more visible at Disney than he's seen at other theme parks that reopened in the past month. Rides frequently stopped so employees could sanitize them plexi glass, especially in tight cues and something he doesn't always see outside Disney property. It really blew me away that everyone was was following all the rules, so I definitely didn't expect that. Orange County officials were asked Thursday if they'd seen covert cases stemming from the theme parks that are already open. Will be lying to say that we have not seen a case here on there that, um, mation one of the barks, but we have nothing an outbreak in any off the parks that are open so far that we are aware of, Disney's chief medical officers said in a block post this week. We have reimagined the Disney experience so we can all enjoy the magic responsibly. And that includes the many restaurants on Disney property, like chef Art Smith Homecoming, which has a new patio and spaced out tables. Everyone wants to enjoy their time here but safely, and I think together we're doing that, he says. People need a safe way to get a little comfort, food and magic right now. How we are good is how we are challenging times. Okay, Natasha Chen, CNN Atlanta