Many Walt Disney World Fans are waiting for the parks to return to normal, but now it could be possible that one of the pandemic protocols might become the “new normal” beyond COVID-19 and fans might not be onboard.
Since the parks have reopened Walt Disney World has implemented their Park Pass Reservation System. With this system guests must not only have a valid ticket, but they also much have a reservation for the parks they would like to visit. If they are at the set capacity then you are out of luck. Currently park hopping isn’t allowed either. Park fans understand the need for it, but many were expecting it to go away after September, 2021. But now Disney Parks Chairman, Josh D’Amaro is saying that this new guest hurdle might continue beyond the current situation.
When Josh D’Amaro was on the “Dow Report” he said:
“The technology doesn’t only help us during a time of a pandemic, but I also think it actually leads to a better cast and guest experience. So these are things that are helping us now, but I think they’re here to stay.”
I do agree that this way Disney can limit the numbers of guests and control the crowds better, but many guests already feel “controlled” by the Fast Pass, Magic Bands and super scheduled trips that Walt Disney World has created in the last few years. It’s all about controlling flow. Annual Passholders buy passes for a deal on multiple trips, but the ability to park hop and visit the parks whenever they want. It’s already been limiting and now they want to continue this past the pandemic? Will park hopping return? If it does how limiting will this be for AP holders and other guests?
So far people aren’t seeming too happy about it. But we shall see how it goes.
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