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Walt Disney World resort 'welcome home' video gets social media backlash

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Washington D.C. | July 12, 2020 12:41:50 PM IST
Ahead of the reopening of Walt Disney World Resort, a promotional video was posted on the official social media accounts for Disney Parks Jobs on Saturday (local time), welcoming guests back to the theme park.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, in the video clip, which has been deleted from Twitter but still appears on Instagram, uniformed cast members and park employees can be seen wearing face masks and saying the words "Welcome home" in a variety of different settings from within the park.

In the clip, rides are shown in full operation, as well as cars driving into the park and restaurants being prepped for service. "Cast members are ready to welcome guests back to Walt Disney World Resort," the caption read on Instagram.

Following the post, the clip received criticism from social media users, with one declaring on Instagram, "The weirdest moment in history."

Another user accused the park of being so desperate for money that it is putting employees in danger by reopening. "Do better Disney," another wrote.

One user urged the park to provide testing to employees and offer hazard pay, before commenting, "You guys should really close."

A large portion of Walt Disney World resort partially reopened Saturday despite the surge of positive COVID-19 cases in Florida.

The Florida Health Department recorded 6,336 new cases on Monday, which had increased to 11,433 cases by Friday. The total number of cases in the state is now over 2,54,000. (ANI)

 
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