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We have heard news this week that as the weeks continue to go by with the parks sitting closed, our favorite parks are having to deal with difficult financial troubles.This is an inevitable consequence, however on a positive note we have discovered that the current COVID-19 crisis has compelled Disney, Universal and SeaWorld to join forces as they work together to try to forge plans to make opening a possibility in the near future. We are guessing that they will be paying close attention to the steps Shanghai Disneyland are taking as they plan for an imminent reopening.

The interesting question is this, are measures taken by Shanghai Disneyland going to work for the US parks? Currently we still have no definite answers as to how and when theme parks in the US will open in the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

There are inevitably many rumors floating around as to what attractions may be forced to close and uncertainties around whether shows are going to be possible either immediately or if at all in the coming months. If shows are to open how are the theme parks going to deal with potential social distancing measures that may have to be put into practice? From recent rumors it seems like The Voyage of the Little Mermaid may fall silent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has not been confirmed yet and we really hope this rumor isn't true and that this show is open as soon as it can be when the parks reopen, for the sake of the cast members who work on it and the guests alike. We will keep you up to date on all the latest news at these uncertain times.

Results Poll 9 - Walt Disney World: When the gates reopen, are you planning to go?

As I said last time, this has undoubtedly been our most popular Poll so far. We have now had over 500 votes on this poll and the final results are in:

  1. Yes, I can't wait to go! - 57%
  2. Yes, but it will depend on what measures are put into place so I feel safe - 20%
  3. No, Not until a vaccine is sorted and I know it is safe -  11%
  4. No, I won't be able to afford it - 3%
  5. Maybe, I really can't make a decision at the moment - 8% 
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From these results we can clearly see with over half the voters saying a big thumbs up and that they can't wait to go that there will be guests at the gates when they are finally able to reopen. I suppose on the other hand, for Disney it is quite worrying that 20% of people are waiting to see what measures are in place and 3% are assuming they will not be able to afford it as price hikes are to be expected. 

From your comments it is clear that the idea of wearing a face mask at the parks in the florida heat and potential temperature testing at the gates will certainly be undesirable but as others have stated if that is what needs to happen, that is what needs to happen and they will accept it so as to be able to still go. For others it is not going to be the same story.

We will keep you up to date with the latest news regarding possible measures that may be put into place when the parks reopen. Check out our news page daily for updates.

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Poll 10 Results - Universal Orlando: When the gates reopen, are you planning to go?

Our last poll was second in our mini series asking the same question but about Universal Orlando. Our article Universal Parks Considering Aggressive Reopening Measures Including Mandatory Testing, Face Masks, and More, was extremely popular so surprisingly the response to this poll have been slightly disappointing.

That in itself I think shows that there are more people interested in when Walt Disney World reopens than Universal Orlando. I know that is a sweeping statement and for many will be untrue but I guess only time will tell. 

I find the most interesting part of this poll the option 'Yes, but it will depend on what measures are put into place so I feel safe' I suppose this will depend not only on if you feel safe but if you are happy to endure the conditions under which you can return. Like I have already mentioned, having to wear a face mask and the stress of potentially getting through a temperature test. Here are the results so far:

  1. Yes, I can't wait to go! - 61%
  2. Yes, but it will depend on what measures are put into place so I feel safe - 22%
  3. No, Not until a vaccine is sorted and I know it is safe -  12%
  4. No, I won't be able to afford it - 2%
  5. Maybe, I really can't make a decision at the moment - 2% 
Universal entrance, Theme Park Tourist
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As with the Walt Disney World poll, there seems to be an overriding positive vibe towards visiting as soon as possible with 61% of people raring to get back to the parks as soon as they can despite the measures which will inevitably have to be put into place. Again, it looks like affording to go is not the main concern with only 2% of people voting no due to this factor. Perhaps people are getting used to the idea of mask wearing and temperature testing as only 2% voted maybe, however 22% still have reservations regarding going because of the unknown measures that there will be.

Don't worry if you haven't voted yet, you still have time, CLICK HERE to have your say on Universal Orlando: When the gates reopen, are you planning to go? Remember to share this with your friends and family.

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