7 things passholders noticed on their first day back to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom

From Click Orlando

MAGIC KINGDOM – Walt Disney World welcomed annual passholders Thursday in the first step toward reopening two of its parks to guests for the first time since mid-March following closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

News 6 spoke to several guests who were the first to experience Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom under new protocols including temperature checks, due to the ongoing health risks.

Here are seven things they noticed:


As soon as guests pulled up to the parking lots at both Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Thursday they saw the first changes Walt Disney World has done since their historic closure back on March 15th. Cast members guiding cars to park in every other spot for social distancing parking.

“I got here about 30 minutes after they opened and it was flawless,” said annual passholder Giovanna Gorra. “They parked you really quick, there is social distancing with parking so they are parking every other spots which is really cool.”


Giovanna Gorra in front of Cinderlla Castle at Magic Kingdom. (Image credit: Giovanna Gorra)
Giovanna Gorra in front of Cinderlla Castle at Magic Kingdom. (Image credit: Giovanna Gorra) (WKMG 2020)

Walt Disney World does not disclose how many people it takes to reach capacity inside its theme parks or how many they are limiting as part of their phased re-opening, however annual passholders welcomed back for two preview days Thursday said they were surprised at how small the crowds actually were within the park.

“I expected to leave at noon because it was going to be too hot and too crazy but honestly it’s been an unexpected surprise,” Gorra said. Gorra went on Thursday with the goal of also taking pictures in her cap and gown in front of Cinderella’s castle to celebrate her recent Master’s degree.


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