Fans were eager to return to the “happiest place on Earth” — even after a cautionary disclaimer.
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. reopened a section of its location Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., according to the Disney Springs website.
Posts on social media revealed visitors lining up at Disney Springs, the park's area consisting of shopping and dining establishments.
One photo shows tourists in line for Chicken Guy, a chicken spot owned by Guy Fieri.
Another shows Chairman of Disney Parks, Josh D’Amaro, and the new Walt Disney World President, Jeff Vahle, in front of a fountain, standing a few feet apart while wearing face masks.
Days before the reopening, Disney Springs posted a blunt warning on its website to potential visitors, heeding caution of the risks of contracting coronavirus, which can “lead to severe illness and death,” in any public space.
“An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death,” the statement read.
Earlier this month, Dr. Pam Hymel, the chief medical officer for Disney Parks, revealed several “enhanced safety measures” ahead of reopening park grounds to the public. The measures included face mask requirement for all employees and guests, plexiglass dividers at registers, and temperature checks for all who enter the parks.
Walt Disney World and Disneyland have remained closed since mid-March due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
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