Could Walt Disney World Stay at Reduced Capacities Until 2022?

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Close up picture of the new pink and blue paint job on cinderella castle in Walt Disney World

According to Fox35 Orlando, it’s possible that Walt Disney World could continue to have capacity caps in place until Fall 2021 or even 2022. I think it’s likely that the Park Pass Reservation systems could stay in place for much longer than that.

Currently Walt Disney World is said to be set at 35% capacity, sometimes I question that, but according to Dr. Mark Johnston, a marketing professor from Rollins College, Walt Disney World could continue attendance caps into 2022.

We’ve got to see the vaccine working. A whole lot of things have to happen before Disney is going to feel comfortable allowing more people back in. 

It’s very difficult to see that happening until possibly late 2021 or more likely early 2022.
We are hearing that “herd immunity” could take awhile, (the earliest being Fall, 2021) even with the vaccine and now there’s debate over how effective the vaccine is against the new strains of COVID-19.

While sources at Fox say they don’t believe Walt Disney World will cancel Annual Pass programs, I’m going to say they very well could.

It was just easier to end them at Disneyland and research new “membership options” first before taking similar steps at Walt Disney World.

Just the fact that they are trying to say they ended the AP program in Disneyland over crowd control makes it suspicious. Walt Disney World has the Park Pass Program that is allegedly controlling attendance and limits the amount of passes for different categories like Annual Passes. They could have simply implemented that at Disneyland, but instead they cancelled and are trying to come up with new offerings that will likely cut perks and availability while keep the prices similar or higher than what they were.

I hope they don’t end them, but I understand it is a real possibility.

I guess it’s all just a “wait and see” game. Wait and see where capacity limits go. Wait and see where “herd immunity” is later this year. Wait and see what Disney does with the AP program in Walt Disney World and what they roll out in Disneyland.

I just hope they don’t keep pushing control over freedom beyond the pandemic.

What do you think? Comment and let us know.

Source: Fox 35 Orlando, Hat Tip Chip and Co.


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