NEWS: Disney World County Listed as COVID-19 Hotspot in White House Report

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to change and develop, AllEars will be bringing you the latest relevant news that could affect a theme park visit.

Disney World has continued to update its health and safety guidelines as the global pandemic continues.


There have been many new COVID-19 updates lately with the introduction of the Omicorn variant to Florida and Orange County, Florida (where Disney World is located) was recently named a rapid-riser by the White House. Now, there is a new coronavirus update in Disney World’s Orange County.

This week, Orange County, Florida was named a COVID-19 hotspot in the White House’s Covid-19 Community Profile Report, according to Orlando Sentinel.

Health and Safety Policy at Animal Kingdom

A hotspot is defined as a community that has, “reached a threshold of disease activity considered as being of high burden.” Orange County is the only county in the Orlando metropolitan area to be named a hotspot.

The Florida Department of health reported 13,530 new coronavirus cases, increasing from last week’s 10, 892. Orange County has also been deemed a rapid riser county, and is one of four in the state.

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The Head of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County said there were a “group of factors” that contributed to the increase in cases, and cited the Electric Daisy Carnival as one of the sources of this spike.

COVID-19 Sign at Disney World

The COVID-19 situation in Orange County will likely keep evolving.

Update: On December 13th, 2021, Newsweek reported that “COVID-19 cases in Florida are rising faster than in any other U.S. state.” Pulling from data from The New York Times, Newsweek noted that Florida had seen a 185% increase in average daily COVID-19 cases over the last 2 weeks, while the U.S. had seen a nationwide increase in average daily COVID-19 cases of 43%.

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If you’re traveling to Florida from another state, you can see the full list of travel restrictions here. If you’re planning a Disney Parks trip soon, click here to see how the new Omicron variant could affect your trip. We’ll continue to report Covid-19 news and updates, so stay tuned to AllEars for more.

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2 Replies to “NEWS: Disney World County Listed as COVID-19 Hotspot in White House Report”

  1. What a wonderful 50th-anniversary celebration at hand…but what’s interesting is the crowds just keep on coming…as do guest complaints. Just a matter of time before a course correction will occur…