In a letter to the Disney Parks Blog, Dr Pamela Hymel speaks of Shanghi Disneyland reopening on May 11th. In the letter she speaks of some of the steps Disney is taking to protect guests and cast members.
Disney will be doing a phased reopening, which means they will try to open retail and restaurant spaces first then move to opening theme parks. This may include partial or gradual reopening of these spaces.
Next, they are looking at how to social distance guests while in the parks, restaurants, hotels, ride vehicles, and other facilities throughout the parks. Using the CDC Guidelines we may see some implementation of capcity limits in the parks (like 50% to start). We may also see ride queue limits or may even see more virtual queues like what we saw from Rise of the Resistance at Hollywood Studios. Disney did state in the letter that they are trying to use technology to better aid in the line process either through the Play Disney Parks App or most likely the My Disney Experience (rumored thought).
Disney is also taking an increased cleanliness approach and adding more sanitation workers as well as sanitizing stations throughout the resort destinations. These units will be touchless.
Disney is also looking at a change to how guests enter the park by possibly screening for temperature or asking guests to wear masks or face coverings. Just a note this is not a new thing in Tokyo or Shanghai, I believe, as most everyone wears masks. I am just not sure how well it will work in Orlando when the temperature reaches over 100 in the summer.
Disney will also be training staff to produce a culture of health and safety among its staff. Disney has always been dedicated to doing things better than everyone else and I am sure this will be the same.
I remember back to 9/11 and all the changes that came with it. We now have metal detectors to walk through as well as no weapons on site. Disney even staffs police officers on property to help with the protection of cast members and guests. Change is inevitable during this time but I feel the change can be good.
Remember Disney is the happiest place on earth, so don’t get mad when asked to take a little longer to get on a ride or if you don’t get a prime seating for a concert. Disney is working on finding a new normal that is still entertaining for all.