Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

Disney World is slated begin reopening in July, as theme parks around the U.S. seek to welcome back visitors as states begin to lift coronavirus restrictions. But don’t expect to just pour into the parks like old times. Each park is taking things step by step. And face masks will be part of the plan!

The Orlando reopening will be phased, senior vice president of operations Jim McPhee said during a presentation to an economic recovery task force, USA Today reported Wednesday.

Magic Kingdom — the most attended park — and Animal Kingdom will reopen their gates on July 11, with Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios opening for business on July 15. The resort system has been closed since March 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

SeaWorld is planning an employee appreciation event on June 10 before opening to the public the next day, said Interim CEO Marc Swanson.

Tampa Bay History Center -Beginning at 10 a.m. on June 1, the Tampa Bay History Center is reopening its doors to the public.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park – plans to reopen “on or about June 1” after getting approval from city and county leaders for its modified operations plan during the pandemic.

The approved plan includes new guest protocols and these key changes:

Limiting the number of guests to 50 percent of zoo capacity
Enforcing six feet or more of social distancing
Restricting the zoo’s indoor venues to 25 percent capacity
Adding safety and thermal monitoring stations at the entrance
Hiring on-site EMTs
Providing disposable masks to guests for free
Communicating and training employees on new safety protocols
Shifting the start of Zoo Camp to the week of June 22

Attractions that opened in May:

American Victory Ship and Museum – in downtown Tampa, has been open since May 8.

Dinosaur World – May 7

Clearwater Marine Aquarium – May 15

The Florida Aquarium – May 15

Two-thirds of employed Americans who now have the ability to work from home said they would be at least somewhat likely to consider moving if they had the flexibility to work from home as often as they’d like said Henry Young of Erehwon Retreat.  On March 1, 2020 we had no vacancies until June 9 and by March 18, we had no bookings prior to July 1.  Beginning April 5, we hosted a member of the Nursing community and for June the Bungalow and Cottage are booked with 30 day stays.

Henry Young, Jr.

For almost 45 years, Henry served in Fundraising and Arts Management positions and ran his own consulting firm. His work secondary schools; healthcare organizations; and service organizations, with a specialization in the performing arts, including ballet and theater companies, chamber orchestras, choirs, and performing arts centers. In 2009 he began to prepare for retirement. Following a career involved with the management of many special events and working with senior civic and corporate leadership, his experience in the managing of multiple relationships made entering the hospitality industry a natural extension of his career.