Right now, there's no way to know exactly when theme parks in the US will reopen after the threat of COVID-19 has passed. However, one thing we do know for sure is that when they reopen, it won't be business as usual. Though we don't know exactly what changes will take place from now until reopening (reportedly as soon as June), it looks like Bob Iger, former CEO and current Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company has been having some discussions about what kind of measures Disney parks could take to ensure everyone's safety. 

Mandatory temperature checks at the entrance to every theme park 

Bob Iger recently said in an interview with Barron’s, that he is excited for the parks to reopen so guests can have a place to enjoy and escape to maybe in ways they will appreciate it more than they ever have. However, Iger also acknowledged that things will be different when the parks reopen, adding that one of the things currently being discussed is more scrutiny and restrictions for incoming guests that could come in the form of mandatory temperature checks, similar to what is being done in China.  

These temperature checks would likely be done at the front of the theme parks, and be an extra addition to the security bag check area, and guests with temperatures that fall in an acceptable range would be admitted to the parks. 

Limiting the number of guests

One idea that has previously been discussed when it comes to Disney parks reopening is having smaller openings at first, with parks re-opening in phases with a limited selection of attractions and shows at first, and then scaling up over a period of time. In addition to fewer attractions, Disney may also be looking at severely limiting both the amount of guests who can enter the park as well as the number of people who will be let in to indoor queue spaces.

Disney may also restrict the number of hotel rooms they sell at first, in an effort to help maintain distance at resorts too. 


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