Walt Disney World Parks Reportedly to Reopen at 20 to 30% Capacity
While we still don’t know exactly when the Walt Disney World Parks will reopen, we are starting to get more details on what it will look like when they do. One thing that is almost certain is that Parks will operate at a much lower or limited capacity than normal. Reports indicate that initially crowds will be as low as 20 to 30%.
Tweet #2: @WaltDisneyWorld says it’s not submitting a plan to the OC Economic Recovery Task Force YET and does not have a date to do so. @DisneySprings is back open and Wed. a Disney Exec told @GovRonDeSantis and @VP they are considering reopening the park at 20-30% capacity pic.twitter.com/LjoDqUCp5y
— Amanda Dukes (@AmandaDukesWESH) May 21, 2020
Before we dive into what operating the at a limited capacity would mean, let’s take a look at at the total capacity for all four Walt Disney World Parks. It’s important to note that Disney capacity numbers are classified and numbers could change at any time due to construction and expansion. Per online reports though, these should give us some good estimates:
- Magic Kingdom: 100,000 Guests
- EPCOT: 95,000 Guests
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 75,000 Guests
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 60,000 Guests
If you think about it though, it’s rare that you would see a Park at full capacity. The only time this really happens is during the Holiday season when Disney will start implementing their phased operating system – mostly just in the Magic Kingdom. It’s even likely that if you went to Walt Disney World during one of the slower times of the year, that Parks were operating at something around a 30% capacity.
So, how might Walt Disney World implement limited capacity? Nothing is set in stone or official at this time, but I do have a few theories:
- Only Florida residents are allowed in the Parks during the first stage of re-opening
- Only Annual Passholders are allowed in the Parks during the first stage of re-opening
- Only those with a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservations are allowed in during the first stage of re-opening
Out of these scenarios, I think the last one might make the most sense. While Disney World has cancelled Resort Hotel reservations up to June 13, they have also stopped accepting new reservations for the entire month of June. This might have been done so that when they reopen, and if it is sometime in June, there will already be less Guests on property which means less Guests trying to get into the Parks.
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