Disney World went ahead with reopening the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom on Saturday, July 11 amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Florida. What could go wrong? To kick off the reopening, an official Disney Parks account shared a video featuring upbeat, masked employees welcoming fans back. The video failed to calm fears about the possibility of the reopening making the pandemic worse, in fact, people on Twitter dragged Disney for its tone-deafness.
The backlash was swift and continues today as people watch in horror as tourists swarm Orlando. When Disney closed the park in March, there were a handful of known cases in Florida. As of reopening, Florida recorded record-breaking positive case numbers. The employees of the park are actually uneasy and many fear for their health and safety. It’s just not a good look at all. We rounded up some darkly funny tweets about Disney reopening that perfectly capture the insanity of this moment.
Tinker Bell, the Super Spreader
Disney World giving everyone coronavirus like pic.twitter.com/tqpMW8RExy— Daniel Corton ???? (@FirstKnivesClub) July 11, 2020
Tink would never… Would she? This hilarious tweet helps you realize that while Disney might make you think of magic, all the company really cares about is your money, honey!
All Work and No Play Makes Mickey a Dull Boy
This! This right here! The video that Disney released about its reopening set to the theme from The Shining is the most perfect repurposing of a movie soundtrack in the history of humanity.
Amity Island But Make it Florida
Disney World is reopening while Florida is at a record high number of new Coronavirus cases.— JRehling (@JRehling) July 11, 2020
I think I saw this movie before. pic.twitter.com/VUYyXR1ReD
While we’re comparing classic horror movies to Disney’s reopening, let’s not forget Mayor Vaughn from Jaws ignoring the fact that there was a giant, killer shark hunting the waters of Amity Island. The shark is the perfect metaphor for coronavirus. Dun-nuh. Dun-nuh. Dun-nuh-duh-nuh-nuh-nuh!
A World of Hopes, A World of Tears
heard Disney World is re-opening today even tho coronavirus is spiking…— Adam Rose (@RealAdamRose) July 11, 2020
guess it’ll be an even smaller world after all.
“It’s a world of laughter
A world of tears
It’s a world of hopes
And a world of fears
There’s so much that we share
That it’s time we’re aware
It’s a small world after all.”
These are the actual lyrics to “It’s a Small World.” Read them and weep.
What… Is… Happening…
Florida: over 15,000 new coronavirus cases in one day— AlyKat♣️ (@AlyKat_89) July 12, 2020
Disney World: we’re open
Disney World employees: pic.twitter.com/5PCXh71Q7f
It boggles the mind that Disney would put the safety of all of its employees on the line. There’s nothing essential about a theme park.
Mickey, You Okay?
If you’ve ever wondered what a skeletal Mickey Mouse looks like, now you know. Not so magical.
The Thrill Is That You Could Die
Disney World is reopening as coronavirus surges in Florida, proving no rollercoaster is scarier than 2020.— 22Minutes (@22_Minutes) July 12, 2020
Unlike a rollercoaster, safety is not guaranteed in a pandemic. It’s a mystery why so many would risk so much just to overpay for pretzels shaped like a mouse.
Ms. Poppins Knows
Another Disney World reopening retweet:— Brad Sherwood (@TheBradSherwood) July 10, 2020
???? Super spread asypmtomatic New Coronavirus
Mask avoiding idiots do nothing to inspire us
Terminal asphyixia is really not desirous
Wear a f**king mask & help to stop Coronavirus
Hum-ventilator-later-hum-later-die ???? #TragicKingdom pic.twitter.com/uRlpE5SnpS
Ms. Mary Poppins with the COVID remix we deserve. “Hum-ventilator-later-hum-later-die,” is especially troubling, but we know the thought won’t give anyone pause.
You Could Haunt Disney Forever
As much as I do want to go to Disney World right now, I don’t think I’m going to.— The Parks According To… (@ParksAccording) July 13, 2020
It would be awkward hearing the Ghost Host say “There are 999 happy haunts and there’s always room for one more” as I sit in my Doom Buggy getting the coronavirus ????#WaltDisneyWorld #DisTwitter
Yes, the Haunted Mansion isn’t as fun if you’re going to be the one to haunt it.
Puns are Funs
Disney World has reopened.— Jeremy Levy (@jewgravy) July 11, 2020
If that results in even one coronavirus case, it'll be too Minnie.
We didn’t forget about Minnie Mouse! No, this Twitter user managed to create the perfect pun with her name.
Insert Maniacal Mickey Laugh Here
SOMETHING MUCH WORSE THAN CORONAVIRUS.— angeldemonTV (@angeldemonTV) July 8, 2020
Lurks at Disney World. pic.twitter.com/qmdxQNYief
Disney’s new logo? Plague Mickey? We’re not feeling this redesign.
It’s Like They Never Even Met a Child
People are really going to Disney World rn. Kids wrap their entire mouths around the handrails and people are really out here thinking that they are not going to get the coronavirus at Disney World. I—!!!!— Shelby Taylor (@shelbygreat_) July 9, 2020
Kids will be kids which means that children will touch, lick, poo, pee, snot, cough, and cry all over anything that’s in their vicinity. No shade on kids, just facts.
If you test positive for coronavirus after going to Disney World, do you become Disney+ ???— amid amidi (@amid) July 8, 2020
Disney launched its standalone streaming service, Disney+ late last year. Little did we know it would be the prologue to Disney-related COVID cases.
Disney World is planning to give out free coronavirus with every purchase.— Shay (@_salt_n_lime) June 30, 2020
The only free thing you’ll ever get from a theme park! And, it lasts for weeks or even months. Thanks for looking out, Mickey!
A Toon for the Toons
Spreading more then cheer. Today's cartoon by @lila__ash https://t.co/I3pZRcV76n Support Satire! Buy a subscription to Weekly Humorist! https://t.co/SBISdAVgyE #cartoon #coronavirus #covidiots #asymptomatic #Disney pic.twitter.com/nbQVPBar9P— Weekly Humorist (@WeeklyHumorist) July 15, 2020
Ouch. “Spreading more than cheer” is a chilling sentiment here.
A trip to Disney was an unwelcome obligation for some before the pandemic, but now it’s almost criminal? Friends don’t let friends and family do Disney.
adults who are addicted to Disney are a bigger threat to society than coronavirus— Fifth Tea Scent (@tarnishdgarnish) July 15, 2020
We did not tweet this so do not come for us. Some people just don’t understand the obsession with children’s movies, okay?
It Comes with Mouse Ears Tho…
It’s America! People will pay for anything! Don’t believe us? *looks at people opting to go to a theme park amid a pandemic in one of the hardest-hit states in the country*
Debatable, But We See Your Point
Coronavirus proved once and for all that Universal Studios is better than Disney World— Mark Stevens (@MarkTheShark927) July 14, 2020
Florida’s sunny weather makes it a hospitable place for a number of theme parks. A debate rages on about which one is the best and according to this Twitter user, it’s been settled.
This is a Read
Disney world fans:— RuthMarie (@MsRuthMarie) July 14, 2020
Here is my fingerprint so i can get into the parks- also fine to go through my purse YAY MICKEY!!!
Disney: okay you need to wear this mask now.
Disney world fans: My RIGHTS! MY FREEDOM!!!!! #DisneyWorld #coronavirus #disneyworldreopening #riskdeathformickey
We know it shouldn’t be a debate, but folks have politicized the recommendation of public health and safety experts at the expense of… the public. Not even the imagination of Walt Disney himself could have cooked that up.
I'm going to Disney World. pic.twitter.com/aZQGLgkkah— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) July 11, 2020
Whew! This is a grim one.
Nothing to See Here
Disney World reopening pic.twitter.com/I1riQZQ2WE— Tom Zohar (@TomZohar) July 11, 2020
The “This is Fine” meme is one of the most versatile memes ever made. If you needed more proof, here we find it employed to show Mickey Mouse watching the house burn around him. Feels right.
Oh, Mickey’s Not so Fine
People are not having any of the Disney reopenings! Mickey really should have worn that mask.
Coronavirus cells when Disneyworld reopened pic.twitter.com/2QQMh0yG4A— Bindz (@BindzBrain) July 11, 2020
In some ways, the virus is like these Little Green Men from Toy Story. Only in our situation, they control the claw.
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Social distancing Disney world style! pic.twitter.com/URYc3mwtAf— UnRooolie❼ (@unrooolie) July 11, 2020
Social distancing guidelines suggest we stand six feet apart and retain that distance to help slow the spread. Who would have thought that the long lines at theme parks wouldn’t be the most conducive setting to maintain the distance? Anyone? Did anyone think about that? Do we still think?
There you go! 25 funny tweets of outrage over Disney reopening. Good luck, Florida! Good luck, America!