Disney World reopened 16 days ago and there have been no new COVID cases linked to the Disney World theme parks according to Mayor Demings.
With the parks reopening there has been some controversy on whether the reopening of the parks has contributed to the spike in the number of COVID cases in Florida. A week ago a county report was released stating there had been no outbreaks tied to the theme parks.
In a press conference on July 27th, 2020, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Dr. Raul Pino stated that this is still true. While there have been cases seen in park attendees there have been no traces of transmission from the parks themselves.
Below is a quote from Dr. Pino answering a question from a reporter on the pandemic in regards to the theme parks.
Reporter: “At this point, how many COVID-19 cases have been traced back to theme parks in our area, Universal, Sea World, Fun Spot, Gatorland, etc, and of course, Disney? If you don’t have a number, how can you say the theme parks reopening are not contributing to our recent spike in coronavirus cases?”
Dr. Raul Pino: “Well, the fact that I don’t have a number, I see it [reinforces] when I’m saying that. So there are people in our community that want to have an outbreak in the parks, and we are looking for an outbreak in the parks, and we have not seen it. It does not mean that has not happened. We haven’t been able to triangulate that data. Now, we are changing a little bit the data analytics at our place so that we have a higher opportunity to detect those. Now if the question is have you seen any cases that may have mention a park? Yes, we have. Can we establish transmissions at the parks? We have not been able to establish transmissions at the parks, yet. Our teams also visited, I believe, Sea World last week, and they were impressed by the compliance that they saw at the place. Disney has done a wonderful job. Universal too. They have been open to our visits. Listen, if I don’t have the cases, I cannot lie. I don’t have cases there yet.”