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Disney World to reopen as coronavirus cases surge in Florida

The reopening comes as a huge surge of Floridians have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent weeks.
Credit: AP
In this Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 photo, guests watch a show near a statue of Walt Disney and Micky Mouse in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Disney is eliminating smoking areas at its theme and water parks in California and Florida. The company said in a statement on Thursday, March 28 that smoking also won't be allowed at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney in California starting May 1. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” is reopening after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are reopening Saturday, while Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will follow four days later. 

All of Disney’s Orlando parks closed in mid-March in an effort to stop the virus’s spread. 

Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando closed around the same time but reopened several weeks ago after instituting similar rules to protect employees and customers from the virus. 

The reopening comes as a huge surge of Floridians have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent weeks.  

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