Disney World reopens as coronavirus cases surge in Florida

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Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Florida. (Photo: Michael Gray / CC BY-SA 2.0)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” has reopened after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopened Saturday, while Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will follow four days later.

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All of Disney’s Orlando parks closed in mid-March in an effort to stop the virus’s spread.

Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando closed around the same time but reopened several weeks ago after instituting similar rules to protect employees and customers from the virus.

The reopening comes as a huge surge of Floridians have tested positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks.