Gov. Ron DeSantis Hosts Rountable to Discuss Theme Parks

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is discussing the current status of theme parks in Central Florida.

At a theme park round table at Universal Orlando this afternoon, Governor DeSantis applauded the safety efforts from the major theme parks and says there have been no outbreaks linked to the attractions.

The roundtable featured leaders from Universal Orlando, SeaWorld and Walt Disney World.

Jim MacPhee, Senior Vice President of Operations, applauded Walt Disney World’s cast and crew for a safe reopening in the “new normal”. He also mentioned the excitement and benefit of hosting sporting events like the NBA restart and MLS is Back Tournament, which helped bring cast members back to work.

Jackie Swisher, newly appointed Vice President of Hollywood Studios, reiterated MacPhee’s excitement surrounding the safe reopening. As former president of Worldwide Safety at Disney Parks, Swisher says the reopening has provided new ways to create magic with socially-distant offerings.

Governor Desantis asked Swisher to discuss the reopening plan, based on her knowledge for her prior role. Swisher said there were a lot of complexities when reopening, but necessary, in terms of cast member training, personal hygiene reminders and new social distancing protocols.

When discussing employees, MacPhee says Walt Disney World has brought thousands of cast members back. He says as crowds come back, operating hours will increase and that will allow for Disney to bring even more cast members back to work.

Disney will be shortening park hours starting September 8th due to crowd levels.

You can watch the full roundtable here:

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