Universal Orlando Set to Submit Reopening Plans- What’s Holding Disney Back?

Universal Orlando Resort

Earlier today, local Orlando news stations had reported that Florida’s three major theme parks in Central Florida, Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando, would begin presenting their reopening proposals to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force starting Thursday. Proposals will need to include a reopening date.

Since the news was put out, it’s since been changed, and a spokeswoman from Orange County made a statement saying, Universal is the only confirmed theme park that will present at the task force meeting. Here’s what we know, and what is now the accurate story;

  1. Universal Orlando will present its reopening plans to the Orange County Task Force on Thursday, making them the first major theme park in Central Florida to present its reopening plans to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.
  2. Disney and Sea World were quick to respond that they would, in fact, NOT be presenting to the Orange Country task force.
  3. Both, Disney and Sea World, will present on different dates. At the moment, no dates have been announced for either park to submit their plans and present to the task force.

There was no confirmation as to why Disney and Sea World will not be presenting tomorrow, or why there’s no assigned date for their presentations. Although, it’s become apparent that the Governor is ready for them to submit these plans. The plans will have to be approved before they can go into effect.

There’s a possibility that neither Sea World or Disney are comfortable at the present moment, submitting their plans because the Governor is asking for a potential re-opening date. Quite simply, they might not be ready to give one.


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