Walt Disney World Will Be Reducing Physical Distancing

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

Disney is going to follow Universal Orlando’s lead and reduce their physical distancing spaces.  Previously the CDC has relaxed physical distancing recommendations to 3-feet. Universal Orlando already has announced the change and is now hiring to fill more than 2,000 positions as they plan on raising the attendance caps.

Now Disney is indicating that they too will be reducing the physical distancing area, and they will likely increase capacity as well.

In the Know Before You Go Section of the website it says:

Temporary adjustments are still in place to promote physical distancing. While we will reduce physical distancing measures for Guests across many areas with a gradual, phased approach, six-feet distancing measures will continue in all dining locations, merchandise stores and in areas where Guests can temporarily remove their masks.”

They are indicating they are reducing the physical distancing measures but they will stay 6-feet within dining locations, likely due to the fact that guests need to remove their masks to eat.

Disney’s website does indicate that Physical distancing measures may include:

  • Signage and Ground Markings: Please follow directional signage and ground markings, which have been installed throughout Walt Disney World Resort to help Guests better navigate common areas while practicing physical distancing.
  • Physical Barriers: Physical barriers have been added in select places to help promote proper separation between people, including in queues and on transportation and attractions. Barriers may also be visible, for example, in areas around cash registers or at Guest Relations.
  • Party Size: Guests traveling in parties of more than 10 are asked to split into smaller groups in queues, dining locations and other areas around our parks and resorts to better allow for physical distancing.
  • Parking: Cashless payment is recommended at the auto plazas.
  • Training: Cast Members are trained to engage with Guests and promote physical distancing guidelines in common areas and queues.

This will likely lead to capacity increases, but Disney has not made that announcement yet, however, their Investor Call is tomorrow at 4:30 PM EST.

The Walt Disney Company will discuss fiscal second quarter 2021 financial results via a live audio webcast beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT on Thursday, May 13, 2021.”

Lower physical distancing guidelines could also open up areas for fireworks, at least that’s what sources say.

We will probably get a lot of news tomorrow.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: Disney


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