Today was the earnings call for The Walt Disney Company. During the call, Disney CEO Bob Chapek shared about what the future looks like for wearing face coverings at Walt Disney World Resort. He also shared about capacity increasing.
The call came on the same day that the CDC released new guidelines for masks. The guidelines now say that fully vaccinated people don’t need masks indoors or outdoors. Chapek commented on the announcement saying that it is “very big news for us.” Disney also released a statement saying “Today’s guidance from the CDC allowing fully vaccinated individuals to remove masks and the removal of physical distancing requirements is extremely positive news and as soon as is practical we will implement updated guidelines across our businesses.”
After the earnings call on CNBC Chapek followed up on the topic saying, “There’s going to be a lot more comfortable people this summer in Orlando. You can only imagine what it would be like in 95 degrees and 95% humidity wearing a mask.” While no specific dates were given, expect changes to come sooner rather than later. Disney will undoubtably be figuring out the logistics for how to move towards a maskless Disney theme park experience at Walt Disney World Resort.
Along with the news of the CDC mask guidelines, Chapek also shared that park capacity will be increasing. In fact, between the CDC and Florida guidelines, Walt Disney World Resort is “already started raising capacities at parks.” He also shared that “You’re going to see an immediate increase” in the number of people who are able to visit the parks.
These updates come after Disney has already begun to take more steps closer to normalcy. This includes an update to the physical distancing guidelines and also temperature screenings at Walt Disney World Resort.
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