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Disney, SeaWorld approved to reopen by state

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Posted at 11:03 AM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 12:03:53-04

Disney World and SeaWorld officially are set to reopen over the next few months, as proposals submitted to the state have been approved.

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced Friday that the parks received approval of their reopening plans Friday by the Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

The plans call for SeaWorld to reopen on June 10, with Disney World starting to reopen on July 11. Disney World will have a tiered opening, with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opening on July 11, and Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15, according to The Associated Press.

Disney's senior vice president of operations Jim McPhee told an Orlando task force that the plans would open with a limited capacity and attendance will be managed through a new system that requires advance reservations to be able to enter the park.

Both parks say they will require guests to wear face coverings and social distancing will be enforced.

Fireworks shows, character meet and greets, and parades will not be taking place to ensure social distancing requirements are met, said McPhee.

READ MORE: Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

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