Ever since the parks reopened in July of 2020, Disney World has been operating at a limited capacity.
To help manage these limits, Disney implemented a reservation system for the parks. Since then, we’ve seen capacity slowly increase as the threat of COVID-19 diminishes, and now, it looks like we can expect more increases very soon.
Recently, Disney CEO Bob Chapek shared that capacity had been quietly increasing at Disney World, but he didn’t share any details on specific numbers or details. Today, during the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media, and Communications Conference, Chapek shared more on what this capacity increase will specifically look like.
Chapek noted that the parks “will see low double-digit increases in attendance in the next several months.” This increase comes as we begin to see more relaxed health and safety guidelines from the CDC and local governments. He also shared that attendance can continue to increase as Disney is able to hire back more furloughed and laid off Cast Members to get the parks back to their working order pre-pandemic.
Chapek was also specifically asked when the parks would return to full capacity. He noted that it depends on the park, and while Disneyland Resort is “much further down the curve.” And he hinted that Walt Disney World would likely reach full capacity towards the end of the year. He shared that Disney has done everything they can to give consumers the confidence to return to the parks — they have a great track record of opening responsibly.
We’ll make sure to let you know if any specific numbers are shared on capacity percentage, and we’ll give you our honest crowd reports straight from the parks, so stay tuned to DFB. We’ve got all the details you need to know about Disney park operations during these unusual times!
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