When Disney World reopened last month, it wasn’t entirely clear how a theme park could operate safely during a global pandemic, or if anything resembling a normal crowd would even be willing to take the risk. Earlier this week, the park announced plans to reduce its hours starting in September, after the company reported reduced turnout and “adversely impacted” earnings. Now, Disney has announced plans to open a coronavirus testing center on Walt Disney World property.
As the Hollywood Reporter first pointed out, the company’s COVID-19 testing center will be available to cast members and their immediate families, along with any other Florida residents. It opens Thursday, right at Disney's main gate office complex near Animal Kingdom. In a statement, Disney was keen to downplay the pressures of union members to provide widely available testing on-site. “We have offered the location to help with community testing and any suggestion that this has been done as a result of any one union is unfounded,” the company said in a statement.