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Over the past few months, we’ve seen some health and safety changes in Disney World.
Health and safety protocols were diminishing around the property at the beginning of the summer, but the surge of the Delta variant caused Disney to reinstate masks indoors again a few months ago. Originally, Disney noted that the Delta variant didn’t have a very big impact on the parks, but now, CEO Bob Chapek has shared otherwise.
During the Q3 earnings call, Chapek shared that “in terms of Delta variant, we see strong demand for our parks continuing.” At that time, park reservations were at a higher level for Q4 than they had been for Q3, so the company was encouraged by projected attendance.
However, during today’s Goldman Sachs 30th Annual Communacopia Conference, Chapek shared that they saw a drop in attendance after the earnings call on August 12th. He said “Well, the last time I commented on this, I believe was on our last earnings call and at that point, we hadn’t really seen much impact at all from Delta. And then the following few weeks we saw a bit of an impact in terms of a slow down of our guests coming to our parks.”
Labor Day weekend was the turning point for the parks because, after that, crowds began to return. Chapek noted that during the holiday weekend “things started to recover quite nicely” and that “it was a very short sort of impact and we like the recovery we are seeing off that.”
We’ll continue to monitor the park attendance in the coming days and weeks, especially during the 50th Anniversary celebration. Based on resort and theme park reservation availability, we’re predicting very high crowd levels in the weeks to come!
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Did you visit Disney World in August? What were the crowds like? Let us know in the comments!