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"

Posted: Wednesday March 18, 2020 9:38am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

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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GoofGoof4 minutes ago

We can agree to disagree. The cases that are reported are overwhelmingly in the unvaccinated population. Many places showing 90%+.

GoofGoof6 minutes ago

Don’t forget the argument against mitigations and masks that has been made repeatedly is that people with mild and asymptomatic infection are less likely to be contagious. Here’s a study posted here a few months ago showing just that. So if vaccinated people overwhelmingly have mild or asymptomatic cases which are slipping past testing then they are still not spreading covid as easily. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/27/4/20-4576_article

lazyboy97o10 minutes ago

All you have to do is the math to realize that 30% of the population is plenty of people to allow for huge outbreaks.

Vegas Disney Fan15 minutes ago

I guess it depends on if you are worried about infections or deaths. Personally I dont care how many people are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms, it’s the hospitalizations and deaths I care about. If 100% of the population were vaccinated and 100% of the population was also “sick” with asymptomatic or very mild cases I’d consider that a massive win and an end to the pandemic. Edited to add that if everyone were vaccinated, even with breakthrough cases and deaths, Florida would have about 700 hospitalizations this week instead of 7000 and they’d have about 33 deaths instead of 330. Those are normal flu year numbers, I think we’d all rejoice to experience a boring old flu season right now.

JoeCamel17 minutes ago


DisneyCane19 minutes ago

We shall see. I hope you are right. I'm skeptical when places with 70%+ of the population vaccinated also have the highest level of cases they've ever had. You may not think so but I want you to be right. Also, I don't think that anywhere that doesn't require 5-11 to be vaccinated for school will not see much higher than 50% be vaccinated.

GoofGoof31 minutes ago

We should see that once we have areas with very high vaccine rates. No 70% is not “very high” and no area will reach the level we need to be at without the rest of kids being vaccinated. Before you say kids don’t matter for spread, they absolutely do. Can’t have your cake and eat it too here. If kids who have mostly mild or asymptomatic infections are not spreading covid because of that then neither are fully vaccinated people. If fully vaccinated people are spreading covid with their asymptomatic and mild infections than so are kids. So once kids are approved for the vaccine and once we reach “very high vaccination rates” then we should see little community transmission. I know it’s not the answer you want, but that’s going to take some time still. Probably into Q1 of next year. In the meantime we keep working on those who are currently eligible and unvaccinated.

lazyboy97o33 minutes ago

This has been explained, repeatedly. You are clearly just ignoring it because it is not the answer that makes things easiest for you.

DisneyCane44 minutes ago

Fully vaccinated people are also much more likely to have asymptomatic or very mild infections if they do get infected so it is logical that a lot fewer vaccinated people are tested. If the ratio were really that drastic then vaccinated people would be contributing essentially zero to spread and places with very high vaccination rates should be seeing very little community transmission.

Disney Analyst1 hour ago

"Despite concern about waning immunity, vaccines provide the best protection against infection. And if someone isn’t infected, they can’t spread the coronavirus. It’s truly that simple. Additionally, for those instances of a vaccinated person getting a breakthrough case, yes, they can be as infectious as an unvaccinated person. But they are likely contagious for a shorter period of time when compared with the unvaccinated, and they may harbor less infectious virus overall. That’s why getting more people their shots is crucial for controlling the spread of the coronavirus: Every vaccinated person helps limit the virus’s ability to hide, replicate, and propagate. Among the unvaccinated, the virus travels unhindered on a highway with multiple off-ramps and refueling stations. In the vaccinated, it gets lost in a maze of dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs. Every so often, it pieces together an escape route, but in most scenarios, it finds itself cut off, and its journey ends. It can go no further. This is borne out by recent data from New York City that show that more than 96 percent of cases are among the unvaccinated. Only 0.33 percent of fully vaccinated New Yorkers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. It’s worth acknowledging that even though the vaccines are our best protection—and still do what we need them to do very well—they’re not perfect. Vaccinated individuals can experience breakthrough infections, and when they do, they can potentially infect others. Some may also develop long COVID, although thankfully the shots dramatically lower this risk too. These reasons are exactly why, in many circumstances, mitigation measures such as masking and mandates still make sense to help limit the spread, even for the vaccinated."

helenabear1 hour ago

Pay wall... did this include studies?

Disney Analyst1 hour ago


GoofGoof1 hour ago

I agree. I’m not in FL so I don’t know what’s going on, but the story I was hearing is that hospitals and medical facilities were only willing to give the treatment to those that qualified (same as everywhere else) and so the government sidestepped their oversight by setting up these state run facilities with no questions asked. I’m all for getting people whatever treatment is available that gives them the best chance and that treatment seems to work pretty well. I don’t know if there are negative side effects but there must be a reason the EUA is limited to 65+ and high risk. I still think the better long term plan is to focus on preventing infection instead of just settling for treating it but we need both.

DisneyCane1 hour ago

If that's what they are doing a the state run sites they shouldn't be. My wife received the guidelines from the FL Dept of Health and there were clear criteria in there. I know those criteria are used at places she works which have the treatments available.