Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke during Disney’s quarterly earnings call on Tuesday afternoon, shedding some light on how Disney will begin reopening its theme parks. Chapek specifically noted that Disney will take a “cautious and sensible” approach when deciding when and how to reopen the parks.
Chapek noted that Disney may use limited capacity, density control and health measures when the parks reopen. He added that it’s too early to predict when everything will be back up and running.
However, one bright spot was the announcement that Shanghai Disneyland will reopen on May 11. Guests planning to visit should expect limits on attendance, an advanced reservation system, social distancing guidelines, masks for employees and guests, and other health measures as mandated by the local government.
Chapek’s statements on the earnings call match previous comments that stated Walt Disney World does not have a specific reopening date scheduled at this time. Some initial guidelines for how Walt Disney World could reopen focus on reducing capacity, maintaining social distancing and increased cleaning / sanitizing.
Disney noted numerous times on the call that this is a very fluid situation and their plans may change rapidly.