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Florida Task Force Discusses When Theme Parks Can Reopen

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has asked the Re-Open Florida Task Force to come up with a timeline and approach for the reopening of Florida tourist attractions, including theme parks like Walt Disney World.

Task Force Reopening Discussions

Reports say that the task force is considering these topics:

  • Define a timetable for reopening
  • Reopen attractions gradually
  • Allow Florida state residents access first, followed by US residents, and finally international visitors

A task force will meet Wednesday, and will likely follow a gradual reopening approach.

The governor has asked for recommendations by Friday.

The Coronavirus shutdown has devastated the Florida tourism industry.  The revenue of Florida hotels has dropped by an eye-popping $1.6 billion over the past month and a half.

The Re-Open Florida Task Force is discussing ideas for when and how to open theme parks.
The Re-Open Florida Task Force is discussing ideas for when and how to open theme parks.

Financial Analysts

Financial analysts have differing opinions on an opening timeline.

John Hodulik with financial firm UBS believes Disney parks won’t open until 2021.

On the other hand, Alexia Quadrani, with J.P. Morgan, thinks the parks could open as soon as early June.

When Will Disney World Reopen?

At this point, we just don’t know.  The latest official announcement from Disney is that the parks are closed indefinitely.  Disney has not provided an opening date for the parks, but they are accepting hotel reservations for arrivals on June 1 and beyond.

That said, it is encouraging that the discussions have turned to the details on when operations will begin again.

Glad the Re-Open Florida Task Force is making recommendations for Disney World?