As Orange County Moves Into the Yellow Tier Could Disneyland Raise Capacity?
Various news outlets including ABC7 are reporting that Orange County, California is now moving into the Yellow Tier of Governor Gavin Newsom’s reopening framework. In the yellow tier theme parks (which would include Disneyland and Disney California Adventure) would be able to expand capacity from 25% to 35%.
Orange County CEO Frank Kim told ABC7 “They look good” when asked about the current metrics for Orange County. Its believed that the county will “officially” become eligible this evening and we could see Orange County shifting to the Yellow Tier as early as tomorrow (Wednesday, May 19, 2021)
As of this weekend Orange County’s case rate per 100,000 residents was 1.5. The state is expected to list new averages later today. The county has a .09% positivity rate with those in lower socioeconomic communities being hit the hardest by the pandemic.
Though things are looking up, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Barlett advised, “But we still have not reached that 70% herd immunity in Orange County. We still have about 700,000 people to get up to that herd immunity.”
It remains to be seen whether the shift into the Yellow Tier will have an impact on Disneyland in the weeks to come. Disney normally doesn’t advertise capacity percentages. During the Q2 Y21 quarterly earnings call earlier this month, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said that they were already starting to raise capacity at Walt Disney World but wasn’t forthcoming as to what capacity rate Disney World was currently at.
I suspect guests to Disneyland as we inch into Summer may notice a slight increase in crowds. This is a story we’ll be paying close attention to and we promise to keep you updated as we know more.
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