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

12 days ago 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