All four theme parks at Walt Disney World, as well as SeaWorld Orlando’s Discovery Cove, were found in compliance with local COVID-19 safety orders during recent visits from Orange County, Florida inspectors.
Employees from the county’s fire, health, and code enforcement departments — dubbed “Orange County Business Compliance Assistance Team” or “strike team”— visit major tourist attractions like theme parks to judge compliance on county rules requiring face masks and physical distancing in public areas. These unannounced inspections are sometimes conducted proactively by the county; other times, they are in response to citizen complaints.
Between Jan. 21 and Feb. 5, the county strike team visited Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, a county spokesperson told Theme Park Tribune. All four parks were found to be in compliance with face mask and physical distancing rules.
Since Disney World parks began reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic in July, Disney has tightened its face mask rules, even placing signs around the parks warning that non-compliant guests will be asked to leave. Capacity limits have also been raised, though they remain capped at 35 percent of their pre-pandemic maximum — despite Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis saying in September theme parks could return to normal operations.
SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove, an animal interaction park, passed its inspection on Feb. 12. All the parks have passed previous inspections, and in the case of Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, this was their third passing grade from the county strike team. Parks at Universal Orlando Resort have also passed multiple inspections.
The only Orange County park given multiple failing grades on these inspections is Fun Spot America’s Orlando location. The park — whose owner has spread anti-face mask misinformation — failed four county inspections, in addition to private “secret shopper” reports obtained last year by Theme Park Tribune. It was found to be in compliance in its last two county visits.
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