We’ve already speculated about what could be done to increase safety within the parks once they open. But now, it looks like Disney’s former CEO, Bob Iger, is confirming that one major safety check is being considered by Disney for the parks.
In an interview with Barron’s, Bob Iger spoke out about the future of the Disney Parks. Speaking to the public’s likely long-lasting health concerns, he confirmed Disney is considering what we’ve already speculated: Disney Parks may implement mandatory temperature checks to enter the parks.
He referred to the health protocols that have been used in China, stating “You can’t get on a bus or a subway or a train or enter a high-rise building there—and I’m sure this will be the case when their schools reopen—without having your temperature taken.”
Comparing this step to the changes we saw globally following 9/11, he commented, “Just as the case after 9/11 where people ultimately lived with the notion that in order for them to enter a building…you have to show a picture ID or get your picture taken and be screened.”
Iger agreed that taking this step could slow things down in the parks, but that it would be in response to guest demand. “…Let’s prepare for a world where our customers demand that we scrutinize everybody. Even if it creates a little bit of hardship, like it takes a little bit longer for people to get in.”
When we asked our readers at what point they would feel safe going to the Disney Parks when they reopen, we got varied answers, with some guests clearly concerned about loved ones with compromised immune systems. Iger implied that his belief is the public will demand screenings and health checks to enter heavily populated areas, including the Disney Parks.
Just as a guest with a weapon found in their bag wouldn’t be allowed to bring it into a Disney Park out of concern for guest safety, guests with a detectable illness would possibly be restricted from entering.
His remarks are in line with what we’ve speculated thus far. We know the reopened parks could see major changes. We’ll keep you posted on any confirmed updates as they come.
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