Walt Disney World (the entire Walt Disney Company, actually) has always presented itself as related to fun and magic and happy family memories. On the surface, they’ve always tried to make you think of them with positivity.
Even when a “rag mag” blog posted a rumor about WDW that got national headlines, Disney publicly handled it with grace (said rag mag’s response was that the company’s theme parks division had become “petty” and they were “at war” with the Walt Disney Company. Oh, please).
But I guess some things just can’t be sugarcoated.
With Disney Springs, Disney’s shopping and dining district, reopening tomorrow, I guess they’re getting all of their ducks in a row. We’ve already told you about the rules they’ve put into place but now there’s something on Disney’s website that’s the most ominous and dead serious (for Disney) thing I’ve ever seen:
“We have taken enhanced health and safety measures–for you, our other Guests, and Cast Members. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting Walt Disney World Resort.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By visiting Walt Disney World Resort, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
I totally get it. We live in a very litigious society. People will sue theme parks for just about anything…like when this happened. Disney’s lawyers undoubtedly know that if some people go to WDW and then wind up with coronavirus, they’re going to be looking to sue. Whether the COVID can be traced back to their trip to WDW doesn’t matter (and let’s face it – the U.S. is NOT seriously looking at contact tracing); they’ll still sue. So they’re covering their own butts by telling potential guests that any public place could potentially expose them to COVID-19 & if they visit WDW, they’re voluntarily putting themselves at risk.
But still – this is the most “unDisney” thing I’ve ever seen come from Disney.
#stayhealthy #staysafe #washyourhands
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