When it comes to the reopening of the Disney Parks, in this unprecedented time it’s hard to predict anything without an official word from Disney.
However, several analysts have weighed in with their own thoughts on when Disney World could reopen, along with what attendance numbers could look like when it does.
Earlier this week, an analyst from Wells Fargo wrote that it could take up to two years for the Disney Parks to return to a sense of normalcy. In an article for Barrons, J.P. Morgan media analyst Alexia Quadrani spoke on her thoughts on a potential reopening, along with what crowds could look like when it does open.
Quadrani spoke on the assumption that Disney World would reopen June 1st, as she stated that “If you call up and you want to book a hotel at Disney World, that’s the first date you can book.” She continued that she thought attendance for the parks could be “weak upon reopening”, specifically due to the potential that many international guests that would usually be visiting will not be immediately coming back.
While Disney World has “between 18% and 22%, on any given year, of its visitors coming from outside the U.S.”, Quadrani also noted that she does think there’s “tremendous pent-up demand”, specifically looking at the large crowd levels that still went to the parks days before their closures.
While Quadrani has some differences in her outlook for the Disney Parks in comparison to the Wells Fargo analyst, one note does stay the same. While Quadrani acknowledges that there is plenty of interest in guests coming back to the parks, she does say that, “You can’t assume it goes back to normalized capacity for quite some time.”
On the subject of a potential reopening, we have also seen comments from former CEO Bob Iger on what the “new normal” could potentially include, with the idea of temperature screening prior to entering the parks being discussed.
We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more, including any official word from Disney on a potential reopening date or procedures.
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