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I had already started writing poll 14 as a third in our mini series, around virtual queuing and social distancing in attraction queues and on rides. However, with news that Disney Releases Statement Outlining Reopening Plans in the US, I am focussing Poll 14 on Disney's plans and aim to get your views on what they are proposing.

This week has seen positive news that Shanghai Disneyland is officially reopening May 11, now just a few days away. With Disney quietly pushing back "Best Case" reopening dates for their other theme parks around the world, surely Disney will be watching closely to see how Shanghai Disneyland's reopening actually pans out. They will inevitably use the information gleaned from it to inform the more detailed plans for reopening Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

It has also come as positive news this week that SeaWorld is Taking New Meaures To Stay Afloat During Closure and has secured loans in order to survive to the end of 2020 if it needs to. People have been understandably getting inpatient to learn what is going to lie ahead for the reopening of all US theme parks but especially Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld. These difficult decisions inevitably take time and can not be rushed. We now have the first glimpse and understandably when finalising these reopening plans the top priority remains to ensure the safety of everyone as COVID-19 continues to be present. 

In our recent mini series of polls we have been discussing how positive and worthwhile the new potential measures that could be put into place, and will be in the case of Shanghai Disneyland, when the parks indeed reopen their gates. 

With Disney confirming that they will use "enhanced screening procedures" at the front gates of their parks. Touchless temperature checks and masks are likely to be required but it has not yet been officially announced as to who will be required to wear them. The obvious would be cast members, but guests may or may not also be required to wear them. Knowing this from the Disney's latest annoucement means that the results from Polls 12 and 13 are even more meaningful. So, here they are...

Castle, Disney's Magic Kingdom
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Poll 12 Results - Would You Be Happy To Wear A Mask If You Had To, When Visiting Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld?

With this poll, the choices were a simple yes or no. Results currently show that 42% of those that have voted would be happy and 58% would not be. Many comments have flooded in regarding the temperature in Florida making mask wearing too uncomfortable, others have said that it would spoil the magic and some have stated that they would be unable to wear a mask for medical reasons.

This is inevitably a controversial subject and one that soon we hope to have firm answers on. People will then be in the position to make a fully informed decision as to whether you will chose to visit Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld when the gates finally reopen.

Main Street, Disney's Magic Kingdom
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Poll 9, 10 and 11 results -  When The Parks Reopen Are You Planning On Going?

It would make sense at this point to bring you the final results on our mini series of polls which asked, When The Parks Reopen Are You Planning On Going? If you missed any of these polls just click on the links below to read them:

  • Walt Disney World - Yes 57%, Yes but depends on the measures 22%, No not until a vaccine 10%, No because I won't be able to afford it 3%, Maybe I can't make a decision right now 8%
  • Universal Orlando - Yes 57%, Yes but depends on the measures 23%, No not until a vaccine 11%, No because I won't be able to afford it 4%, Maybe I can't make a decision right now 5%
  • SeaWorld - Yes 57%, Yes but depends on the measures 16%, No not until a vaccine 10%, No because I won't be able to afford it 5%, Maybe I can't make a decision right now 13%
  • Six Flags - Yes 78%, Yes but depends on the measures 22%, No not until a vaccine 0%, No because I won't be able to afford it 0%, Maybe I can't make a decision right now 0%
Universal Entrance
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From these results it is clear that over half the people who have voted are just raring to get back to the parks which is a very positive sign for Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld. Around 20% of voters want to go but are understandably vary of the measures that are going to be put in place. 

I will include the list to the polls one last time so if you haven't voted yet you can still do, just click on CLICK HERE next to the name of the park which will take you straight to the poll. 

Don't forget to share these with your family and friends.

Manta, SeaWorld
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