April 29, 2020 | 3:13pm | Updated April 29, 2020 | 3:50pm
It’ll be a smaller world after all.
Officials in Florida said Disney World could reopen the Magic Kingdom as early as June after a lengthy coronavirus lockdown — but with half as much glitter and magic, according to reports.
A regional task force has laid out guidelines for the world-famous, family-friendly Orlando resort to eventually open for business after shutting down last month due to COVID-19, announcing the park would only run at 50-percent capacity with strict social distancing rules, ABC-TV reported.
The restrictions will make Main Street USA a lot less crowded and keep Mickey and friends at arm’s length from kids.
Park workers will have to wear face masks and have their temperature taken, and guests in the park’s long queues will have to stand six feet apart, according to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, a 44-member board appointed to plan the county’s eventual return to normalcy.
Mayor Jerry Demings has not announced a date for the reopening but has said it’s more likely to be in June than May.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who met with President Trump Tuesday, said he would announce plans for the state’s gradual reopening this week.
“For Florida going from where we are now to a phase one is not a very big leap,” DeSantis said, according to clickorlando.com. “We’re going to approach it in a very measured, thoughtful and data-driven way.”
When it does happen, guests of the theme park’s resort hotels will have to follow new “contactless delivery” protocols for room service, provide room service only upon request, and provide hand-sanitizer at park entrances, according to guidelines announced by the task force.
And visitors will have to park their own cars and will be encouraged to check themselves into the hotels, the Disney news site WDW News Today reported.
If all goes well, capacity will be bumped up to 75 percent at some point.
Nonetheless, employees are encouraged to work from home if possible, and those 65 or older “are encouraged to stay home.”
According to a report Wednesday, Disney’s Orlando park could face a stiffer recovery than the company’s flagship Disneyland in California. That’s because the Florida park depends on out-of-state tourists more than its western counterpart.