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Disney World Capacity Remains at 25%

Disney CEO Bob Chapek appeared on CNBC and mentioned that the company has limited capacity at Walt Disney World parks at 25%.  He said that the capacity will remain at that level until the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changes their guidelines.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has put the state of Florida into Phase 3 reopening, meaning that restaurants, bars, and other businesses can operate at whatever capacity they see fit.  DeSantis also encouraged Disney to consider increasing park capacity.

Even with these changes, Orange County, Florida, the local governing body in which most Disney World land sits, still has a mask mandate.  Individual businesses like Disney World can still make their own rules, and the resort requires that all guests wear masks, and it strictly enforces the policy.

During recent visits to the parks, it has felt to me like crowd levels had increased significantly.  However, with social distancing, fewer people in long queue lines, and many shops and restaurants in the parks still closed, it could be that more people were in the streets than usual.

Given all this, it seems that Disney World is not going to change its park capacity or rules in the short term.  Disney still requires that guests have a Park Pass Reservation to get in, and many days fill up – especially for annual pass holders.

Should Disney World increase its park capacity beyond 25%?