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What Will a Socially Distanced Disney World Look Like When it Reopens?

As the spring of 2020 drew near, things were looking pretty good for Disney. Pandora—The World of Avatar was drawing more tourists than ever to the Animal Kingdom theme park. The long-awaited Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge update had been completed, making Rise of the Resistance one of the hottest tickets in the entire resort. The House of Mouse was facing a future as rosy as Snow White’s cheeks.

Then, as we all know, the coronavirus pandemic changed everything. Seemingly overnight, “social distancing” became a household term. President Trump designated the looming threat as a national emergency on March 13. Health experts recommended staying at least six feet away from anyone else when out in public, and limiting gatherings to fewer than 10 people. Anyone who’s ever been to Walt Disney World in Florida or the Disneyland Resort in California knows that it would be impossible to adhere to these guidelines in those locations. So Disney made the tough yet necessary decision to close its parks for the foreseeable future. As of this writing, the company hasn’t released any plans for reopening, but analysts predict that it might not happen until January 2021.

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