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Disney World Increases Theme Park Capacity Beyond 35%

For a few months the Disney World theme park capacity was limited to 35%. Now with the latest information from the company, that number has increased and will continue to go up shortly.

park capacity in Disney World

During a Walt Disney Company earnings call, CEO Bob Chapek commented about the current park capacity saying they have already increased it and are going to increase it even more “immediately.”

Bob Chapek said this during the company earnings call:

In terms of the parks, and when we’re going to sort of be able to raise our capacity limits, we’ve actually already started that. Given the guidance that just came today, from the CDC, and earlier guidance that we got from the governor of Florida, we’ve already started to increase our capacities.

So I think you’re going to see an immediate increase in the number of folks that were able to admit into our parks through our reservation systems that we recently implemented. So we’re very, very excited about that.

New President of Disney Bob Chapek

Since then, Chapek has made more comments on increasing theme park capacity. During a conversation with the ‘J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference’ Chapek said that they expect to see “low double digit increases” in attendance over the next couple of months.

However, he didn’t comment on what the exact park capacity is at this time or what they will be increasing it to in the short-term, only that it is already higher than 35%.

The decision to increase capacity goes along with other changes to safety measures we’ve seen in the park recently. As the health crisis has slowly gotten better in the past months, the CDC has been loosening the guidelines and that has seen its way into the Disney theme parks too.

Just recently the CDC announced that face masks are no longer needed indoors or outdoors for vaccinated people. Chapek commented that the change is “very big news” and it no doubt contributed to the capacity change.

Disney also recently changed the physical distancing requirements in the parks from 6 feet to 3 feet which will allow for more guests in the attraction queues, hence allowing them to increase park capacity.

guest capacity in Disney World

Chapek commented that guests should see the full benefits of the relaxation of guidelines closer to the end of Q4, around September.

As soon as we know what the exact capacity has been increased to we will let you know. In the meantime, you can read about all the latest Disney World safety changes here.

Also if you are planning a trip soon, make sure to read our Disney World Crowd Calendar which will help you find the least crowded times to go. You can get even more info in our Disney World Vacation Planning Guide.

Your Thoughts

I want to know what you think about the increase in theme park capacity…

  • Do the Disney World parks feel too crowded?
  • Are you ok with more guests in the parks?

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