Disney CEO Speaks to Delta Variant’s Affect on the Parks

The Goldman Sachs 30th Annual Communacopia Conference took place today, featuring  Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek as a participant.

Cinderella Castle

Recently, the parks have continued to make health and safety modifications in guidance with officials. Currently, guests are required to wear masks indoors, but not outdoors. Capacity is limited, but has continued to see increases throughout the year. And, today Bob Chapek shared additional details on park operations recently!

During the conference, Chapek noted that he believes the Walt Disney Company has positioned itself well during the pandemic. However, he shared that park attendance definitely saw a bigger impact from the COVID-19 Delta Variant after its Q3 Earnings Call report.

Animal Kingdom

Chapek detailed that the parks slowed down for a few weeks towards the end of August before seeing larger crowds return again for Labor Day. At this time, he said that there have been greater Park Pass reservations in Disney World and Disneyland in Q4 than seen in Q3. He stated that the reservation system has been a success since they’ve been able to control the demand and “mix of guests” visiting, including ticketed guests, Annual Passholders, and Magic Key holders.

Main Street Trolley

While speaking to the reservation system, Chapek also shared feedback on the parks’ decision to implement indoor mask mandates again, stating that there hasn’t been pushback about the indoor mask rule at this time.

Indoor Mask Sign

As the parks continue to see changes, we’ll be sure to update you on everything you need to know before you go. Stay tuned with AllEars for the latest Disney entertainment and news!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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14 Replies to “Disney CEO Speaks to Delta Variant’s Affect on the Parks”

  1. What’s this Ceo talking about. The indoor mask mandate is and continues to be a reason why many people won’t go to wdw
    Hopefully he follows the trend as cases decline rapidly across Florida and the US
    Masks should be optional and until his park does away with this, his numbers will lag behind universal. It’s that simple.

  2. I am a 26 year Disney Vacation Club member. I am at Beach Club Villa now because I am starting to lose points. I was going to add on 100 points but am now considering selling everything because of this insane mask mandate.
    I was going to get a yearly pass but won’t because of the masks whose pore size is twice that of the virus. I will not visit the parks that I so dearly love because of subservient masking rules.
    Instead I will go to Universal and to Sea World where I can walk around freely without having to wear a bacteria loaded mask right next to my mouth and nose!
    I have worked in hospital labs for over 47 years. We never wore masks because they do not stop viruses. I refuse to participate in this ‘Chicken Little’ atmosphere. Universal! Sea World! Here I come!

    1. Disney doesn’t know the status of every guest. Of course they are going to be conservative in protecting them. It’s all about risk management. Last thing they want is to be ground zero for an outbreak. I’m sure they will welcome you back when this pandemic settles down. Your choice.

  3. No push back on masks? I guess he doesn’t see much push back sitting
    in his executive office dreaming up new ways to nickle and dime his customers.
    Companies, like Disney, who buy into this farce are part of the problem.

  4. disney always has low attendance that time of year…kids go back to school….has nothing to do with the variants September has always been the best month to go because its at a slower time….I do think it’s sad that you all decided what is good for cast health by Making it mandatory to vaccinated to work.. don’t you think that should be there choice? it goes in the body not on the outside.
    there body there choice
    now they all have to worry about how to pay bills,feed there families
    how to find insurance and
    be able to afford it. stress has begun. Sept. 30 starts it all. I am so sad this is happening to all the cast that keep the magic…

  5. THe parks are slower because everyone is fed up with bad decisions hes making noone wants to be that scheduled on vacation get rid of park reservations or i never will return

  6. No Pushback for mask mandate is a lie!!!!!!!! Many of us are anxiously waiting and even have reservations with the hope the mask mandate is removed. If not, we will have to change plans and head to Universal up the road where we will be able to breathe while enjoying a much needed vacation for our family. I know many others are doing the same thing. Average citizens should be treated just like the advantaged that attended the Emmys, Chicago events, Obama’s birthday bash and the MET gala, WITHOUT wearing a mask. People that are concerned aren’t coming anyway. Let the rest of us begin to live normal again.