When Walt Disney World Resort began its phased reopening on July 11, nobody knew quite what to expect.
The Guest experience, everyone knew, would change — no parades, no fireworks, no character meet and greets, and numerous new health and safety measures meant that Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom would not necessarily be the carefree places they once were.
Despite all of the odds stacked against them, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek and Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro continued to promise Disney Parks lovers that the magic was still there, just waiting for them to return.
At first, it seems, Guests were skeptical. In Disney’s third-quarter earnings call, CEO Chapek noted that Disney theme park officials had noticed a “higher than expected level of cancellations once somebody does make a reservation, because as the disease ebbs and flows they might necessarily cancel.”
Now, however, things seem to be looking up for Walt Disney World. In today’s fourth-quarter earnings report, Walt Disney Company CFO Christine McCarthy stated:
“…at Walt Disney World, we are also encouraged by the booking trends…theme park reservations at our reduced capacity limits are already 77% booked, with Thanksgiving week booked close to capacity around underlined consumer demand for our parks in experiences.”
This is big news for Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products segment, which lost $2.4 billion over the course of 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
It proves that everything Disney is doing to keep Guests and Cast Members safe — from hand washing stations throughout the four theme parks to mandatory face masks for Guests age 2 and over — is making people feel comfortable visiting for the holiday season, which is always a major event at Walt Disney World Resort.
As tourism in Florida continues to increase and people attempt to resume some sort of normalcy in their lives, visiting Disney World just might be the pixie-dusted trip families need to get through all of the challenges that 2020’s COVID-19 outbreak has presented.
Remember, the magic is there. All you have to do is book a trip — and, of course, get a Disney Park Pass reservation!