As Walt Disney World continues to adapt to the current times, and as the world continues to move forward amidst the ongoing pandemic, we wanted to know how many fans would feel comfortable visiting the theme parks if Walt Disney World Resort increased its capacity again.
Limited capacity at Disney World
When the theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort first opened, the limited capacity that was put into place stood at 25%. Then, in November 2020, Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced that Walt Disney World Resort increased its capacity for the theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom — by nearly 50% of what the parks were operating at before — now operating at a 35% capacity limit.
Though Walt Disney World has not announced another theme park capacity increase, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings stated in a recent press conference that “all settings” can now reduce social distancing measures from six feet to three feet, including within the theme parks. With this being said, many speculate that if the theme parks do reduce social distancing to three feet, they could also increase capacity at the theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
So, we wanted to know if Disney World did decide to increase capacity again, would Guests feel comfortable visiting the theme parks? Well, we asked our Inside the Magic audience and that exact question the responses were pretty shocking!
It is important to note that Disney World has not announced a change in the current capacity or social distancing measures at the theme parks or hotels. At the time of this article’s publication, theme park capacity is still limited. The last comment that Disney CEO Bob Chapek made regarding capacity was in February — read more here.
Would Disney World Guests feel comfortable with an increased capacity?
Our audience was pretty evenly split down the middle expressing that some would feel comfortable while others not so much. Regarding those who would feel comfortable visiting the Disney World theme parks if capacity increases, here is what our audience had to say.
The Miller Family (@disneywiththemillers) explained that they feel comfortable since they are fully vaccinated:
Because we’re fully vaccinated
And Laura S. (@laurabasford) expressed a similar response, explaining:
I’m fully vaccinated and as long as they continue to require masks, I would be okay.
Carl P. (@carl.p23) also brought up COVID-19 vaccinations, saying:
A lot of people with the vaccine now and I wear a mask and sanitize so not too worried
Another Inside the Magic follower who goes by @sweetpea0830 said they would feel okay with an increased capacity at the theme parks, including Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as long as more locations and offerings within the theme parks opened as well:
I would feel comfortable but more needs to open. More dining, and more shows to help.
Steve (@drumz5) explained that he trusts Disney to operate as safely as possible throughout this unprecedented time:
I trust Disney to make it safe
On the other hand, there are several fans who feel that not enough people are vaccinated quite yet, and they wouldn’t feel comfortable if Disney World increased capacity.
Enrique G. (@henrygarcia565) explained:
Too many people aren’t vaccinated
And Instagram user who goes by HakuHouse (@hakumei94) said they wouldn’t feel comfortable, saying:
I don’t think it’s a good idea to sardine people into a park just because you can.
Inside the Magic follower, @gbello67, expressed that an increased capacity would be okay as long as it does not go above 60%:
Max 60% for right now
And lastly, Disney lover @ocsleevedmomma explained that if there was an increase in capacity, there would be too many people:
Too many people in close contact
We do want to note that despite Governor DeSantis stating Walt Disney World could resume operations at full capacity last year, Disney is deciding to continue operating at a limited capacity as they continue to listen to recommendations from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the guidance of other health officials.
Planning a Disney World vacation?
Additionally, if you are planning to visit one of the theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort, you must have both a valid ticket and a reservation for the park you wish to visit on that day utilizing a new reservation system called the Disney Park Pass reservation system.
In case you aren’t familiar with the Disney Park Pass system, the Orlando Disney Resort implemented this new reservation system when the theme parks reopened in July 2020 as a way to manage capacity. Now, to visit a Walt Disney World theme park — Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom — Guests must have both valid admission and a Park Pass reservation.
At this time, the Disney Park Pass system currently allows Guests to book available theme parks through January 2023, indicating that theme park reservations are not going away anytime soon, so Guests should get familiarized with the system if they are wanting to visit the Most Magical Place on Earth.
Would you feel comfortable if Disney World decided to increase capacity? Let us know in the comments below.