Disney Parks are operating at 25% capacity, won’t increase until CDC guidelines change

Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke with CNBC following Disney’s decision to restructure their entertainment segment and focus on streaming. In addition to Chapek’s comments on Disney+ and the company’s pivot, he noted that Disney parks are operating at 25% capacity.

Unfortunately, Chapek briefly touched on the reorganization producing additional layoffs, but we’re going to focus on park capacity.

Chapek’s comments may come off as a surprise as many have noticed attraction wait times getting longer and the parks feeling more congested in recent weeks. Crowds have been noticeably larger over the holiday weekend with many wondering if the cap increased.

But, according to Chapek, Walt Disney World’s overall capacity hasn’t changed. This means the small crowds we saw when the theme parks initially reopened had to represent a fraction of total capacity. The actual numbers were likely far lower than the anticipated 25%.

Chapek said Disney won’t change their capacity until the CDC issues new guidelines. The current 25% capacity is reportedly the maximum that still allows for appropriate physical distancing for all guests. Increasing capacity might mean scrapping social distancing, which isn’t likely at this time.

It’s worth noting that Disney’s 25% figure is difficult to evaluate as 100% capacity is rarely seen at Walt Disney World’s theme parks.

As always, this is an evolving situation and may change with minimal notice.

David has been writing about Disney since 2018. He founded Notes from Neverland as an outlet to talk about all things Disney, including Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line. Join us for news, reviews and more!

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