However, as of 2022, we’ve certainly seen more crowds in the parks, even during a time of year when things are usually much quieter. And today, the company has commented on park capacity for the first time this year.
Today, during the company’s Q1 Earnings Call, Disney CEO Bob Chapek commented that Disney Parks were “generally operating without significant mandatory COVID-19-related capacity restrictions” such as those that were in place in the prior-year quarter.
Chapek went on to say, “However, we continue to manage capacity to address ongoing COVID-19 considerations with respect to guest and cast health and safety.”
So what does this mean? Disney Parks are still using the park pass reservation system put in place after reopening, and from what we’ve learned previously, this system could be the new normal at Disney World.
He went on to state that “Our ability to increase our guest experience through our reservation system…has been something that we really like.”
This suggests that the parks may NOT be currently operating at the same level of crowds that would be a pre-closure capacity, but at a capacity that this new normal considers “full.” However, it’s hard to be sure as Disney has not provided recent park capacity numbers. Chapek did comment that there was really strong domestic demand for the parks, though.
When asked about how the public should think about capacity now vs. prior to COVID, Disney CFO Christine McCarthy said that the parks were seeing changes because of COVID-19. like Mobile Order and Mobile Dine Check-In. She did not, however, address parks capacity specifically at the time.
We’ll be covering the entire Q1 Earnings Call, so stay tuned for more news!
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