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Select Disney resorts and hotels reopen to welcome back guests, employees

ORLANDO, Fla. — Guests can now enjoy a stay at a dozen of Disney’s resorts and hotels for the first time in months, and thousands of Central Florida workers are back on the job.

It’s another step toward a sense of normalcy at Walt Disney World before its parks open next month.

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According to the Walt Disney World website, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground reopened Monday, along with Disney Vacation Club properties.

Both accept memberships, and the campground and clubs are best suited for social distancing.

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The reopening means some of the 17,000 furloughed workers will be closer to paychecks as they are phased back to help prepare for reopening.

The announcement includes a warning that “an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.”

Disney also said restaurants and other amenities might remain closed, and if they do reopen will have limited capacities.

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Disney Springs reopened last month. Disney is still preparing for the July 11 reopening of Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15. Disney said most attractions will be available.

Instead of parades, Disney promises “cavalcades” of characters.

The openings come on the heels of a string of record-breaking coronavirus numbers in Florida.

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Steve Barrett

Steve Barrett, WFTV.com

Reporter Steve Barrett returned to WFTV in mid-2017 after 18 months in the Twin Cities, where he worked as Vice President of Communications for an Artificial Intelligence software firm aligned with IBM.

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