Bob Iger Speaks to Potential Screening Procedures When Disney Parks Reopen

As of now, every Disney Park around the world is closed due to the current global health crisis. Due to this, during this unprecedented time, it’s difficult to gather exactly how the Disney Parks could be different upon reopening.

Cinderella Castle

In a recent interview with Barron’s, former Disney CEO Bob Iger gave a first glimpse at potential changes that could come to the parks upon reopening.

The wide-ranging interview from Barron’s touches on everything from how it feels to be passing the torch of CEO and during these tumultuous times, to how the Disney Parks could be different upon reopening. To the latter point, Iger stressed the importance that “in order to return to some semblance of normal, people will have to feel comfortable that they’re safe.

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For this, Iger suggested that they were looking at China and how the country was implementing their own return to normalcy, including the addition of health monitoring measures. Specifically, Iger touched on how “you can’t get on a bus or a subway or a train….without having your temperature taken.

Bob Iger and Bob Chapek ©Disney

While not speaking to whether or not these measures will be implemented when the Disney Parks reopen, it could hint that temperature screenings for guests could be in consideration. Currently, the practice is implemented for guests visiting Shanghai Disney, where Wishing Star Park and the Shanghai Disney Hotel reopened in March with limited operations.

We will continue to bring you updates as we learn more.

What changes do you think Disney could make when they initially reopen the parks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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10 Replies to “Bob Iger Speaks to Potential Screening Procedures When Disney Parks Reopen”

  1. This is a horrible idea because someone could be infected with COVID-19 but not have any symptoms yet. The best idea is to keep the park closed to keep everyone safe. It would still be too dangerous if they opened the park at a reduced occupancy.

  2. Limit families to 1 park a day so you have control who’s been where If special event is on have record of those guest attending.
    For year till virus under control guests going to parks that are not staying at a resort be screened and limited to 1 park day Passholder need to be understanding and limit a certain percentage a day Disney basically will have to schedule people’s itinerary.

  3. So after standing in line to get ur temperature taken in the hot Florida sun is not an option. I get my temperature taken every time I walk into work. Stood outside in 32 degrees in the rain and my forehead read 96.7. Won’t work try it hold a hair dryer to ur head then take ur temperature it will read hot

  4. Not everyone who has the virus has a fever. All you will do by adding the temperature taking will add yet another line to wait in with a crowd. If you really want people to feel safe you have to run with a lot less people in the parks. This means longer waits for people to get a vacation there but they will enjoy them more not being squished in like sardines

  5. I definitely believe taking guest temperatures will become the “new normal” until a reliable vaccine hopefully makes Covid-19 just another occasional bother.
    I wish I had the knowledge and ability to develop a patch that everyone would wear, probably on their forehead. Much like the old mood rings, the patch would change colors to indicate anyone who had spiked a fever. This may sound absurd to many, but I would feel much better while being in a crowd if I could simply look at a person’s patch and determine they did not have a fever, which would hopefully mean they were not transmitting a virus. While many of you are laughing at me, I hope one of you takes this idea and gets filthy rich developing it.

  6. Well for one thing those buses shouldn’t have so many people on there I know they open the skyliner but when I was there we were packed like sardines on the buses it should only be the how ever many seats u have is how many people u can transport feels like ur all over each other in there

    1. I wholeheartedly agree with you about the buses. The way guests are packed in is already horribly unsafe let alone after the coronavirus. We’ve been there since the Skyliner opened and there’s no improvement on the buses.

  7. I think the parks should minimize the limit of people. They should first allow resort vacationers then proceed to allow other ticket holders to a certain amount.