Disney is exploring a modified park experience to be deployed as soon as park reopening is possible

Mar 18, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

According to those familiar with the situation, Disney is currently working on a heavily modified park experience to be deployed when the parks resume operations.

Ideas being floated inside the company, and not confirmed or announced, include:

  • Re-opening the parks in phases with a limited selection of attractions and shows that can be adapted to capacity and guests spacing needs. This is a pattern that has been seen before, following the 9/11 attacks and hurricane closures.

  • Limiting the number of people in indoor queue spaces. This may see the use of virtual queues, similar to the Boarding Groups that were deployed for the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

  • Eliminating entertainment that requires close gathering, such as nightly firework shows and parades.

  • Table Service restaurant capacity reduced to maintain a maximum 50% occupancy with tables being spaced at least 6ft apart.

  • No queuing at quick service restaurants, with Mobile Order via My Disney Experience taking its place for all transactions.

  • Suspending meet and greets with face characters, which includes the Disney princesses.

  • Reducing maximum capacity of busses and monorails.

  • Continuation of hand washing stations and sanitizers throughout property.

Of course, much remains unknown and the coronavirus situation is rapidly changing. As of now, the only known in regard to the theme parks is the announced closure through to the end of March 2020.

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Article Posted: Mar 18, 2020 / 9:38am ET
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GimpYancIent11 minutes ago

Yes. Read the same story in the Orange County register (published September 14 2020 12:45 P.M.) by line Brady Macdonald bmacdonald@scmg.com.

DCBaker19 minutes ago

https://www.ocregister.com/2020/09/14/largest-u-s-theme-parks-report-no-covid-19-outbreaks-since-reopening/

LUVMCO24 minutes ago

Fox and CNBC both ran stories about Disney putting pressure on the Gov to open Disneyland.

fractal34 minutes ago

Just hear this on CNBC during a report on reopening of Disneyland - ZERO Covid cases have been traced back to 20 top amusement/theme parks since reopening. Trying to find and article or source.

_caleb38 minutes ago

Welcome to science! Well said! Why can't we think in terms of community?

Rich Brownn1 hour ago

Considering how deadly people think the flu is, with a less than 1% death rate, thats pretty frightening. As of right now, almost as many people have died in six months in the US then died from the flu in all of last year ---- in the entire world.

TJ Vazquez3 hours ago

Maybe they will allow one more re-test? If that is still positive then they can't go, if negative, then a 3rd test to insure a true negative? Not sure how this will all play out but hopefully it's successful.

dreday33 hours ago

If this works, this could be a game-changer!

Kevin_W3 hours ago

I read that. I'm curious how it will handle false positives - I've seen those reported anywhere from 0.02% to 1.5% for the Abbot test. AT the upper end, that's a couple healthy people per plane that would be told to go home from the airport - a reasonable problem. I'd much rather take 72 hrs before flight so that any potential problems can get sorted out. (Also I'd probably try to not go through the airline - $250 is pricey).

DCBaker4 hours ago

"United Airlines says it will roll out a new COVID-19 testing program for passengers beginning Oct. 15, the Chicago-based carrier announced Thursday. At first, testing will only be available for passengers traveling to Hawaii from San Francisco International Airport. Why Hawaii? The airline, the first in the U.S. to offer rapid testing, has more flights to the state than any other U.S. carrier, and the Aloha State's new testing requirements begins the same day as United's. Passengers will have the choice of taking a rapid test from Abbott Labs at the airport the day of their flight with results available in about 15 minutes or using a mail-in test at home prior to travel. Those opting for the at-home test are advised to request the test kit 10 days prior to travel and submit their sample within 72 hours of their flight. Travelers will have to take the test within 72 hours before their flight arrives in the islands in order to bypass the state's strictly-enforced 14-day quarantine. Both tests will allow travelers to satisfy the 72-hour window required by Hawaii's new testing program. If all goes well, United hopes to expand testing to other cities by year's end." https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/airline-news/2020/09/24/united-airlines-introduces-covid-19-rapid-testing-program-hawaii/3515043001/

dreday35 hours ago

That's why I said personally, I'm not going to panic over it. It won't be a non-issue, almost all viruses have people who end up with chronic conditions due to virus, it's just the percentage is quite low. I will be following what happens, but I'm not overly concerned at the moment. :)

Disney Analyst5 hours ago

not too mention the flu numbers are just a mathematical equation, and not actual numbers. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/comparing-covid-19-deaths-to-flu-deaths-is-like-comparing-apples-to-oranges/ “The 25,000 to 69,000 numbers that Trump cited do not represent counted flu deaths per year; they are estimates that the CDC produces by multiplying the number of flu death counts reported by various coefficients produced through complicated algorithms. These coefficients are based on assumptions of how many cases, hospitalizations, and deaths they believe went unreported. In the last six flu seasons, the CDC’s reported number of actual confirmed flu deaths—that is, counting flu deaths the way we are currently counting deaths from the coronavirus—has ranged from 3,448 to 15,620, which far lower than the numbers commonly repeated by public officials and even public health experts. There is some logic behind the CDC’s methods. There are, of course, some flu deaths that are missed, because not everyone who contracts the flu gets a flu test. But there are little data to support the CDC’s assumption that the number of people who die of flu each year is on average six times greater than the number of flu deaths that are actually confirmed. In fact, in the fine print, the CDC’s flu numbers also include pneumonia deaths. ...we have to compare counted deaths to counted deaths, not counted deaths to wildly inflated statistical estimates. If we compare, for instance, the number of people who died in the United States from COVID-19 in the second full week of April to the number of people who died from influenza during the worst week of the past seven flu seasons (as reported to the CDC), we find that the novel coronavirus killed between 9.5 and 44 times more people than seasonal flu. In other words, the coronavirus is not anything like the flu: It is much, much worse.”

GoofGoof5 hours ago

I don’t see how we can determine if it’s anything to panic over or not. I hope it turns out to be a non-issue but we don’t know. We do know there are some people suffering from long lasting effects from the virus. Until someone can quantify that it’s rare or unlikely for me it’s a matter of concern. I don’t want to be cavalier about it now and find out years later that the long lasting effects hit me hard.

ABQ5 hours ago

Not the dramatic falls from previous periods, however they are still trending down in cases over a 2 week period. But barely.