Dis­ney World could re­open in late July, one an­a­lyst pre­dicts

Orlando Sentinel - - Local & State - By Gabrielle Rus­son

Dis­ney World could be back in busi­ness in late July if the Or­lando theme parks fol­low a sim­i­lar tra­jec­tory as Shanghai Dis­ney­land, one an­a­lyst pre­dicted.

“There are still many un­knowns, but if the time­line for re­open­ing Down­town Dis­ney in Shanghai and the Shanghai Dis­ney­land is sim­i­lar for Dis­ney Springs and Dis­ney World, it sug­gests Dis­ney World would re­open July 22nd, 41 days ahead of our cur­rent fore­cast call­ing for the begin­ning of Septem­ber,” said Rosen­blatt Se­cu­ri­ties an­a­lyst Bernie McTer­nan in a new re­search note pub­lished Thurs­day.

His es­ti­mate comes af­ter Dis­ney made head­lines this week an­nounc­ing some of its prop­er­ties around the globe and in Florida - are re­turn­ing, though with strict safety rules in place.

McTer­nan stresses there are “a lot of as­sump­tions that go into this anal­y­sis” but says it’s a good sign Dis­ney Springs is par­tially open­ing on May 20.

On Thurs­day, Dis­ney an­nounced the phased-in ap­proach that will re­turn some of the busi­nesses in the Dis­ney Springs re­tail-restau­rant-en­ter­tain­ment com­plex.

Shanghai Dis­ney­land will wel­come back vis­i­tors on Mon­day, 3 1⁄2 months af­ter it closed Jan. 25 be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. The Chi­nese ver­sion of Dis­ney Springs came on line March 9.

Mean­while, Dis­ney World

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