Disney CEO Bob Chapek believes Orlando, Florida’s Disney World and Anaheim, California’s Disneyland theme parks will return to full capacity by this fall.
After a brief closure due to the pandemic, Disney World reopened its doors in July, 2020. However, capacity has been limited ever since. The park has also had a significant number of safety measures in place, including social distancing rules and mask requirements.
Disneyland, meanwhile, finally reopened its doors in April of 2021, also with limited capacity and many other safety measures in place.
According to a report from New York Post, Chapek revealed during JPMorgan’s virtual tech-and-media conference that the both theme parks are already increasing capacity and loosening restrictions—with both potentially returning to full capacity by fall.
Chapek noted that capacity increases will vary from park to park, but expressed optimism that widespread vaccine availability and waning COVID-19 cases have caused a spike in consumer interest in Disney’s theme parks.
“Customer interest in visiting Disney World has returned to 2019 pre-COVID levels,” the CEO said.