Walt Disney World's water parks have remained closed even as the other parks at the world's most popular theme park resort have reopened. Today, Disney announced a return date for its water parks. But it won't come until next spring... and it will be for only one of the resort's two water parks.
Disney World posted to its website today that it plans to open either Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon on March 7, 2021. The resort did not specify which water park would return and noted that the reopening is subject to government approval.
"We may adjust our proposed reopening date, and if that happens, we will let Guests know what to expect in a future update," the Disney World website said.
Disney's Florida theme parks continue to operate at reduce capacity due to the need for safe physical distancing during the pandemic. The theme parks reopened in mid-July after closing in March. Disney's water parks typically operate on reduced schedules during the fall and winter months, and with sharply reduced travel to Florida due to domestic and international travel restrictions, it's not surprising that Disney would choose to wait until spring before bringing back its water parks, which are much more weather dependent that the theme parks.
However, Disney's competitors in Central Florida have reopened their water parks, with Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando and Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando both welcoming back guests this summer. However, both parks have announced that they will be closed on select days during the upcoming months.
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