Workers Praise Disney Coronavirus Safety, But Will Visitors Come?
Two weeks after reopening, workers at Disney World are praising the company for the safety protocols that have been implemented to protect against the new coronavirus. But questions remain about whether it will matter to paying guests of Disney World and its crosstown rivals, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando.
More than 75 million visitors came to Orlando in 2018, mostly due to its reputation as a theme park mecca. But the coronavirus has upended Orlando’s status as the most visited place in the U.S. The hotel occupancy rate is down more than 60% from a year ago.
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Meantime, Universal announced Friday that it would cancel its Halloween Horror Nights this year at its U.S. theme parks so it could focus on operating for daytime guests under pandemic restrictions.
Halloween Horror Nights typically lasts more than a month starting in September. Last month, Disney World canceled its annual after-hours Halloween party at Magic Kingdom that typically begins in mid-August.