Disney World has delayed the reopening of some of its resort hotels and is keeping others closed that were scheduled to reopen as coronavirus cases continue their upward trend in Florida.
Many Disney resort hotels reopened in June, but others remained closed as the theme park reopened on July 11. Disney has since changed the reopening dates for some resort hotels it previously announced.
According to an update on Disney World’s website, the Polynesian Village Resort will reopen on Oct. 4, and the Art of Animation Resort will reopen on Nov. 1. Previously, both resorts were scheduled to reopen on Aug. 12.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort and BoardWalk Inn, which were supposed to reopen on Aug. 24 and Oct. 1, respectively, are to remain closed until further notice.
Disney added that still other Disney resort hotels will remain closed.
“We will continue to evaluate the situation and reopen more locations when the environment is right to do so,” the company said. “While these plans may evolve, we will be monitoring the constantly changing health environment and its impact on the state of Florida as we find the right time to welcome back even more of our guests.”
As of Sunday, Florida had recorded more than 432,000 coronavirus cases, more than any other state except California, according to the state Department of Health. The state has now surpassed New York, the original epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak nationwide.
California’s Disneyland was scheduled to reopen on July 17, but that was postponed with no new date announced. California has more than 453,000 coronavirus cases, according to the state Department of Public Health.
In the week that Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom started welcoming back visitors in mid-July, occupancy of hotel rooms in the Orlando area was down more than 60% from the previous year, a much deeper drop than the state as a whole, which declined more than 41%, according to STR, which tracks hotel data.
Only half of Disney World’s 30 onsite hotels currently are back open and several in-park restaurants still are closed, according to The Associated Press.
Less than half of Disney World’s 43,000 unionized workers have been recalled to their old jobs. Disney World has an overall workforce of 77,000 employees, the nation’s largest single-site labor force.
Union officials estimate the Disney parks are no more than a third full, but that may be more by design to maintain social distancing. Disney World doesn’t release attendance figures, but in pre-pandemic times its four parks and two water parks could host around 150,000 visitors a day.
Cowen Inc. estimated recently that Disney’s parks and resorts won’t return to pre-pandemic profitability until fiscal year 2025, and there is a “meaningful” probability that Disney World could close again because of the pandemic.
Contributing: The Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Disney World resort reopenings delayed as Florida COVID-19 cases spike