According to Disneyland President Ken Potrock, Disneyland will be opening tomorrow at 25% capacity. This is an increase from the estimated 15% capacity that Disney CEO Bob Chapek told CNBC the parks would start at in a March 2021 interview. The bump in capacity is allowed by the State of California given that Disneyland sits in a county that is in the Orange reopening tier in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
As we’ve discussed at length for our coverage of Walt Disney World – capacity limits are built against a maximum attendance number, not an average attendance number. A 25% capacity restriction very likely still represents 10’s of thousands of visitors in the theme parks when they reopen tomorrow.
Of course, at this point Disneyland appears to be picking and choosing what State guidelines they want to follow. They have chosen to ignore the fact that the State of California is allowing fully vaccinated people to visit theme parks. As of publish time, Disney has a self-imposed limit of only allowing in-state visitors to visit the Disneyland Resort theme parks.
The Disneyland Resort theme parks will open with a suite of enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols that even Walt Disney World isn’t using at this point such as only allowing queueing in outdoor spaces, and not opening attractions that are more than 15 minutes in length.
As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news, photos, and info from around the Disney Parks!