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As most readers of this blog probably already know, Disney has just submitted a proposal to Orange county, detailing their approach for phased reopening. See all the details on Disney Parks blog If approved, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will be the first to reopen on July 11th, followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15th.
A few notable details:
- Guests will have to undergo temperature checks.
Masks will be required for all guests 3 years of age and older.
There will be capacity controls in order to promote social distancing. Here is a screenshot describing the process of reserving tickets:
If your 2020 Disney plans were sidelined by Covid-19, you might be tempted to take advantage of this opportunity ASAP. Many families are itching to go somewhere this summer, and if you are stuck with a multitude of Disney gift cards, this may seem like a no-brainer. But I’m hoping to talk you out of it, and here are my reasons:
1) It is stinkin’ hot in Florida during the summer. I mean, ridiculously hot. Of course, most people in US probably know this already. But just in case you think it can’t be that bad, yes, it is. You couldn’t pay me to go to Disney parks in July and August, and no I’m not kidding.
2) Going along with my previous point, wearing a mask in this type of weather will be a nightmare. I can’t even imagine the level of whining my kids would subject me to if I insisted on it.
3) The Covid-19 pandemic is NOT over. Yes, new cases in US seem to be slowing, and places all around the country are reopening. But it doesn’t mean parks are suddenly safe. You will still be around people whether you like it or not. I’m sure Disney corporation will try to make the experience as safe as possible, but it can only do so much. This is meant to be mass entertainment, and crowds are part of the bargain.
I’m not about to shame anybody who chooses to go, that’s none of my business. But I really hope to discourage those who are thinking about it. Disney will not go bankrupt this year, so your gift cards will still be good in 2021. Please consider waiting for all the reasons I’ve mentioned.
Explaining to my son why we won’t be going to Disney anytime soon
Even though I’m not a Disney fanatic, I have two children who are crazy about it. With an addition of Star Wars Land, I don’t see how we will be able to avoid it for long. My son is a self-described Star Wars nerd. He even dressed as a Darth Vader for his recent Zoom conference with the teacher.
So, the other day he asked me when he can finally go to Disney. After all, the last time he went was a whopping six years ago.
Going to Magic Kingdom with my parents in 2014
Considering the fact that we live only 90 minutes from Disney, his request isn’t that unreasonable. Besides, we do have Florida Resident specials now and again. Still, I told him we will only go when the virus no longer poses a serious threat. Hopefully, this will happen by next spring but if not, he may have to wait another year.
He was not happy with that answer and asked me why we can’t go this summer. Here is our conversation:
Me: Buddy, we can’t go because daddy has several underlying conditions. If he gets infected with Covid-19, it could kill him.
Him: Well, we will just go without him then.
Me: Doesn’t work that way. If one of us catches it, so will he, since we live in the same house.
Him: Hmm, what’s the kill count in Florida?
Me: You mean death count? It’s over 2,000 people at the moment.
Him: And how many people live in Florida?
Me: Over 20 million. What’s your point?
Him: That seems like a low probability of dying.
Me: True. But I’m sure those 2,000 people thought the same thing.
Him: How long would it take for this virus to kill daddy?
Me: Around three weeks.
Him (sighing): I guess we will wait for the shot (aka vaccine).
Let me tell you, I was simultaneously amused and disturbed by his responses. But that’s how much he loves all things Disney. Fortunately, he seems to love daddy more, albeit by a thin margin. One way or another, a Disney trip is in our future as long as we can afford it. But there is no way I’m risking it this year, no matter how much my kids beg to do it.
Readers, are you hoping to go to Disney this summer?
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Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.