Disney Parks and Resorts provided an update this morning on the phased reopening of parks all over the world.
This morning leaders from Disney Parks and Resorts held a news conference to provide an update on the phased reopening efforts for parks and resorts all over the world.
As part of the update, Disney tlaked about the efforts they have put ni place and will continue to put in place to keep guests safe while continuing to make magic.
Participating in this press conference esd Djuan Rivers (VP of Disney’s Animal Kingdom), Melissa Valiquette (VP of EPCOT), Elizabeth Mullins (VP of Walt Disney World Hotels & Resorts), Patrick Finnegan (VP of Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney District), and Josh D’Amaro (Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences & Products).
Djuan Rivers, the VP of Disney’s Animal Kingdom spoke on Disney limiting attendance, requiring face coverings, imposing physical distancing, additional hand washing and sanitizing stations, among other efforts.
Djuan went on to discuss how, as Disney adapted and learned about the new environment, they were able to implement new guidelines and restrict some things even further to increase safety. He specifically mentioned, the banning of neck gaiters as an updated precaution as well as requiring that guests be stationary to eat or drink.
Melissa Valiquette the VP of EPCOT said that “8 of 10 guests feel the safety measures are “just right”” and that guests feel that Disney has taken appropriate measures to maintain safety for guests and castmembers while still making the experiene a magical one.
Valiquette went on to talk about how, due to limited attendance, guests are able to experience more attractions due to decreased wait times even though Fast Pass is not being utilized. Additionally she said,
“While they have halted some entertainment offerings, they have developed 26 new entertainment offerings including those at unannounced times.”Melissa Valiquette the VP of EPCOT
Parks all over the world are discussing things that are working as well as things that can continue to be improved as Disney works to navigate these ever-changing waters.
Elizabeth Mullins, VP of Hotels and Resorts spoke about cast members. Disney is giving furloughed employees health insurance and other resources.In order to make testing easy, Disney has worked with the authorities to create a testing site on property for the cast and the public.
Mullins also talked about how Major League Soccer and The National Baskeyball Association bubbles were so effective and that Disney played a roll in safely bringing back professional sports.
Stay tuned for more information from the conference.