Well, just as we were getting used to the new normal, things continued to change for the theme park capital of the world. On Friday, September 25th, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis delivered an executive order, permitting Florida to move into Phase 3 of reopening. As theme park fans… we know what that means! Or… do we?

According to the Guidelines for Opening Up Florida, Phase 3 signifies that bars and restaurants are now permitted to operate at full capacity. Theme parks can finally return to regular operations while observing limited social distancing protocols.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, DeSantis has said that the order does not affect theme parks because there were no state-imposed restrictions on them. In other words, each park has the power to create and oversee its own social distancing and mask requirements for guests.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings:

“They’re going to make a corporate decision in the best interest of their patrons.”

“We received the Governor’s executive order and are evaluating it to determine what it may mean for our business.  We are not making any immediate changes.  As a reminder, face coverings are still required at Walt Disney World Resort,” claimed one Disney spokesperson, according to Attractions Magazine.

So, as of this moment, all remains the same when it comes to the parks. However, we suspect that won’t be the case for very long.  After all, Walt Disney World was rumoured to be testing fireworks after hours just earlier this week. Sure sounds like they’re gearing up to celebrate something!