Disney Coronavirus Policy Says Guests “Assume All Risks” For Exposure
Disney Springs is set to reopen to customers on Wednesday, allowing people to begin entering Disney property after the prolonged shutdown. But new terms for Disney properties inform customers that they “assume all risks” as it relates to exposure to COVID-19.
The new language posted on the Disney website state:
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By visiting Walt Disney World Resort, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
On Wednesday, May 20, Disney is beginning a phased reopening of Disney Springs, an area with restaurants and shopping. The conditions also apply to entrance to Disney Springs, according to the company’s website. In a blog post last week, the Vice President of Disney Springs said in a statement that all guests visiting Disney Springs over three years of age are required to wear a face covering. Disney will also screen temperatures as guests enter the property.
Disney plans to open more shops and restaurants at Disney Springs on May 27. However, if you’re looking to visit one of the theme parks, you’re still out of luck. While the company is accepting reservations beginning July 1, the reopening is still not a guarantee.
Can They Do That?
Keep in mind, when you book tickets to a Disney theme park, you enter into a contract with the company. By entering that contract, you accept the terms and conditions outlined on the company’s website. However, it’s important to note that it does not necessarily relieve the company from all negligence.
Also, I’m not sure if Disney Springs will make people aware of this policy as they enter. But since customers don’t buy tickets to enter, Disney would need to inform customers of this condition as they enter. Perhaps at temperature screening, Disney staff will inform customers of this risk. Again, keep in mind that this does not relieve the company of all negligence.
The new Disney coronavirus policy warns consumers they assume all risk for entering their properties. This includes Disney Springs, which is set for a phased reopening tomorrow (Wednesday). We live in a very different time, and I think you can expect to see this from more companies as things return to “normal.”
*This article is not legal advice. You should retain an attorney should you have legal concerns.