With the CDC advising people to avoid gatherings of 50+ for the next 8 weeks, Disney Parks’ original anticipated of April 1 seems unlikely at best. Numerous stores and restaurants at Disney World’s Disney Springs and Disneyland’s Downtown Disney, including Sephora and Splitsville Luxury Lanes, have also been shuttered for a minimum of 6-12 weeks.
If the Disney theme parks around the world do stay closed longer than they were initially expected to, it will be understandably disappointing to fans. Safety first, though, everyone! There are, however, steps the Disney Parks team may be able to take to get park gates around the world open more quickly.
Although none of these measures listed below have been confirmed by Disney, they are all viable protocols that park officials could implement to get guests back in all six Disney parks faster. In addition to improving the morale of Disney fans worldwide, opening the theme parks as soon as possible will improve The Walt Disney Corporation’s bottom line for 2020, so it’s in the company’s best interest as well.
1. Add more virtual queues – In the latest Disneyland app update, a new “My Queues” section appeared. While this is likely to accommodate upcoming attractions at California Adventure’s Avengers Campus, adding more virtual queues across all Disney theme parks would reduce line overcrowding and encourage social distancing.
2. Eliminate quick service queues – Instead of allowing guests to line up at quick service restaurants and counter service kiosks, Disney Parks executives could opt to only allow Mobile Orders for the time being. Since many quick service establishments at Walt Disney World and Disneyland already allow Mobile Ordering, this would be a relatively easy change to make.
3. Add more hand washing stations and hand sanitizers – As two of our writers discovered last week, both Disney World and Disneyland Resort had ample hand sanitizer and hand washing stations available. Adding more of these would be a wise way to reduce the spread of germs and other ailments.
4. Only offer non-face character interactions – Face characters, including the Disney Princesses, are at higher risk of contracting coronavirus than “fur” characters, such as Mickey & Friends and Lilo & Stitch. If Disney got rid of face character meet and greets for now and offered limited masked character interactions for the time being, guests could potentially return to all six Disney Parks more quickly.