Disney World is phasing out temperature checks for guests on entry, but will keep them for areas of its Florida resort

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The Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World, Florida.

  • Disney World will slowly drop temperature checks for guests on entry, but will keep them in some areas.
  • Florida Orange County Department of Health said temperature checks are unnecessary and wasteful, WFTV reported.
  • Disney Land in California opened at 25% capacity last week.
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Disney World said it will start to phase out temperature checks for guests from this weekend.

“Following the advice of the CDC and our local health officials, we will phase out onsite temperature screenings at Walt Disney World Resort for Cast Members beginning May 8 and Guests on May 16,” Disney World said in a statement on its website.

Guests will still be asked to wear face masks, except when eating, drinking, or taking photos outside at the Orlando-based resort.

Social distancing rules will also be reduced from 6 feet to 3 feet, after reopening in July last year.

Dr. Raul Pino, health officer for the Orange County Department of Health, said last week that checking temperatures “makes no difference” and could be a waste of resources, WFTV reported.

Temperature screenings will still be required for entry to some locations, including at the resort’s hotel restaurants.

Guests with a temperature 100.4 F or above will not be allowed entry, along with the rest of their party, the statement said.

California-based Disney Land reopened last week at 25% capacity. The park is open to California residents only.

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Disneyland will reopen on April 30, more than a year after closing down

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The theme park will reopen with reduced capacity at first, and only for California residents.

  • Disneyland will reopen on April 30 after being closed for more than a year, Disney said Wednesday.
  • The park will open at first to California residents at limited capacity.
  • Customers will need to book a reservation in advance to visit the park.
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After shutting its gates a year ago as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the US, Disneyland is reopening for business.

The Anaheim, California-based theme park – which includes both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure – will reopen to the public on April 30, Disney announced Wednesday.

To comply with California’s public-health requirements, capacity will be limited and customers will need to reserve a spot in advance. For the time being, tickets and reservations are only available to California residents. Disney said the first visitors invited back will be members of the local community.

In early March, California announced revised COVID-19 guidelines that allows amusement parks and stadiums to reopen April 1, provided they aren’t located in one of the state’s highest-risk zones. Those rules permit theme parks to reopen at 15% to 35% capacity with mandatory mask-wearing and other precautions in place.

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek previously said during a conference call that it would take some time for the company to get its California parks back up and running after the long shutdown. Reopening the parks will mean bringing back more than 10,000 furloughed employees, Chapek said.

Disney has a clear incentive to reopen its parks as soon as public-health guidelines allow. In the fourth quarter of 2020, the company lost $2.4 billion in income due to park closures.

The company’s Disney World park in Florida has been open since July, given that COVID-19 restrictions have been less stringent in the state.

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Disney World is building a train station that will connect the parks with Orlando’s Airport, Miami, and more

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Disney’s monorail might soon have a new coworker.

  • Disney World will connect to Orlando and Miami by rail as soon as 2022. 
  • The company in late November announced a deal with Brightline to build a station at Disney Springs as the train operator expands to Miami. 
  • Brightline also has plans to break ground on a Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas route this year. 
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Next stop: Disney World, hopefully at a time when the pandemic will be in the rearview mirror.

Brightline, which currently operates trains between Miami and West Palm Beach, announced on in late November a deal with Disney World to build a station there as it extends service north to Orlando.

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Brightline’s map of planned stations.

The Disney World station is planned for the Disney Springs complex, the company said. Brightline’s extension to the Orlando International Airport is set to open in 2022, but the company did not provide a timeline for the Disney station.

Brightline, which has been hit hard by the pandemic and hasn’t run any trains since March, hasn’t slowed down its aggressive expansion in both Florida and California. A route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas is set to break ground this year.

In a 2019 interview, Brightline’s main investor, Fortress Investments founder Wes Edens, said there are up to a dozen so-called city pairs ripe for rail service. Those include Atlanta to Charlotte, Chicago to St. Louis, and Houston to Dallas, where a competing private rail operator is also working on a project.

Read more: Brightline is on the cusp of connecting Disney World to Miami by train. Its owner explains what’s next in the railroad’s quest to beat Amtrak at its own game.

With tens of millions of people visiting Disney World every year, many of whom arrive at Orlando’s airport, it’s a chance for Brightline to convince even more people to opt for greener transportation.

For a market where train travel is kind of foreign, we have to think of creative ways to get people in through the top of the funnel,” president Patrick Goddard told Business Insider in January.

Disney World might just be the thing to do it.

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