Chapek Announces Walt Disney World Is Actively Increasing Park Capacity
During the last Walt Disney Company earning call, we learned that Walt Disney World Theme Parks are operating at 35% capacity. While no exact numbers were given, during today’s earning call, Bob Chapek announced that Walt Disney World is actively increase capacity numbers.
Chapek also went on to say that we will “see an immediate increase of folks we can admit into our parks.”
If Walt Disney World has been slowly been increasing capacity in recent months, it has still kept Disney Park Pass theme park reservations pretty much fully booked for much of this Spring and going into June. But, that might even change soon.
Just yesterday, it was announced that Walt Disney World was changing it social distance guidelines for all Guests waiting in queues for attractions from six feet to three feet. With this change, we might see even more of those Park Pass reservations open for the rest of this month and into June. I think as things get closer and closer to “normal” and capacity at Walt Disney World Theme Parks goes back to pre-Covid levels, making that Park Pass reservation will be more of a formality with maybe exceptions around the holidays.
The news of increased Theme Park capacity at Walt Disney World along with the reduction in social distancing from six feet to three comes just as the CDC announced today that all Americans who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask in all outdoor and indoor settings with the exception of airplanes, hospitals, and a few other situations.
While increased capacity at your favorite Walt Disney World Theme Parks might not sound like the most exciting thing to those of us who have visited during the past several months and taken advantage of lower crowds, it will likely mean the return of the FastPass system or something similar as well as the return of dining plans.
At this time, Walt Disney World has made any adjustments to their mask mandate other than last month when the requirement for Guests to wear one while taking photos was dropped. With today’s news though, I am optimistic in thinking that the mask mandate for Guests at Walt Disney World will soon be suspended for all outdoor environments
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