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USA: Thousands return to Disney theme parks in Florida as COVID on the rise03:22

USA: Thousands return to Disney theme parks in Florida as COVID on the rise

United States, Orlando
July 12, 2020 at 03:30 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of visitors showed up at Disney's Magic Kingdom outside Orlando on Saturday, as the company began reopening its amusement parks in Florida despite record-breaking new COVID-19 cases.

Part of the company's Disney World resort, the park is one of two to open after nearly four months of closure, with Epcot and Hollywood Studios set to start back up on July 15.

"I'm feeling right now happy to be here but I'm, like, realising that a lot of magic has stopped. You cannot touch the persona of the Magic Kingdom. It's weird. It's happy to be here but it's a strange feeling," said one visitor, citing mixed feelings on the park's relaunch.

Disney is reportedly allowing the park to operate at less than half of its normal capacity while it monitors the opening.

Florida recorded 10,360 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday along with 188 deaths with the disease, a record in the state since the start of the pandemic.

USA: Thousands return to Disney theme parks in Florida as COVID on the rise03:22
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Thousands of visitors showed up at Disney's Magic Kingdom outside Orlando on Saturday, as the company began reopening its amusement parks in Florida despite record-breaking new COVID-19 cases.

Part of the company's Disney World resort, the park is one of two to open after nearly four months of closure, with Epcot and Hollywood Studios set to start back up on July 15.

"I'm feeling right now happy to be here but I'm, like, realising that a lot of magic has stopped. You cannot touch the persona of the Magic Kingdom. It's weird. It's happy to be here but it's a strange feeling," said one visitor, citing mixed feelings on the park's relaunch.

Disney is reportedly allowing the park to operate at less than half of its normal capacity while it monitors the opening.

Florida recorded 10,360 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday along with 188 deaths with the disease, a record in the state since the start of the pandemic.

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