Disney may be the happiest place on earth, but even Disney World and Disneyland have had to make major changes in the time of coronavirus. First, they obviously had to shut down parks; they’ll be letting those with trips already planned reschedule for when the parks finally open, annual passholders will have the duration of their pass extended by the amount of days the parks are closed. But what will happen to the parks once social distancing and stay-at-home orders have been withdrawn, and we’re allowed to congregate in groups of ten or more again?
According to executive chairman Bob Iger, there will be some changes when parks finally open.
The biggest difference? He says that they’ll likely be implementing health screening measures, like taking guests temperatures before they enter the parks.
It may sound invasive, but he likens it to the public safety measures taken after 9/11. People may have initially balked at having to show ID to get into office buildings, or having their bags checked and having to walk through metal detectors at events, but those things became a part of everyday life. Iger thinks that taking similar measures to those being taken in China, where, according to him, “You can’t get on a bus or a subway or a train or enter a high-rise building there—and I’m sure this will be the case when their schools reopen—without having your temperature taken,” will likely be necessary to keep Disney park-goers safe once social distancing measures are lifted.
Neither Disney World nor Disneyland have projected opening dates yet, but it’s good to know that when the parks do reopen, they’ll be doing what they can to keep visitors safe.
In the meantime, you can get your Disney fix at home, thanks to Disney+!