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Disneyland Resort is the one Disney theme park that has but to reopen following its closure in March. At this level, given the state of California’s vital restrictions, it appears to be like prefer it may nonetheless be a number of extra months earlier than Disneyland is given the okay to reopen, even with all of the anticipated well being and security precautions that parks like Walt Disney World are already utilizing.
Disneyland has been arguing that following the success that Walt Disney World has seen, there’s proof that it can also reopen safely. I’d largely agree with this, because it’s clear that social distancing, masks necessities, temperature checks and different precautions are working precisely as meant, and Disney World has but to see any main outbreak.
Having mentioned that, whereas Disneyland could look almost equivalent to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, the resort goes to have many distinctive challenges to beat that Walt Disney World by no means noticed. Listed below are some locations the place Walt Disney World’s success merely will not be capable of be simply translated to Disneyland.
The Dimension of Disneyland Resort
Between the geographic measurement of Walt Disney World and the variety of people who find themselves inside its borders throughout a traditional day, the theme park resort is bigger than some decently-sized cities, as a result of initially it was imagined to be one. Walt Disney World is definitely a part of the Reedy Creek Enchancment District, a particular municipal designation in Florida that offers Disney World management over its personal future in some ways. So it nearly is its personal metropolis, consisting not simply of the 4 theme parks, however two water parks and over 20 motels, all unfold over two counties.
By comparability, Disneyland Resort is 2 theme parks, three motels and Downtown Disney, and you may stroll from the theme park entrance plaza to the Disneyland Resort on the far finish of Downtown Disney in only a few minutes. All the things is up towards every little thing else. Which means no matter restricted variety of individuals are allowed into Disneyland Resort when the theme parks open up, they will be discovered inside a comparatively small geographic house, making social distancing that rather more troublesome. Actually, a Disneyland at, say, 20% capability could have fewer folks in than a Walt Disney World of the identical measurement, however these folks will nonetheless have to be managed extra carefully.
Socially Distant Queues
This problem of measurement for the Disneyland Resort is one thing which is equally necessary after we’re speaking in regards to the particular person theme parks as nicely. The dimensions of locations like Magic Kingdom have been invaluable as a result of the necessity to create socially distant attraction strains at Walt Disney World have created some very circuitous routes by way of the theme parks. The very fact is that some points of interest look like closed not as a result of they can not be open, however as a result of there merely is not sufficient house within the theme parks for all of those extraordinarily lengthy strains snaking by way of the assorted lands.
That drawback goes to be that rather more of a problem at Disneyland. If Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom has a completely insane line that is working all over, then Disneyland, the place Tomorrowland is a fraction of the scale, goes to should be much more inventive relating to determining the place to place all of the those that need to get on any given experience.
Disneyland’s Distinctive Options
Past the scale, there are a handful of different distinctive points to Disneyland which can be going to make some issues a few pandemic opening of the resort a bit harder than what Walt Disney World needed to take care of. One of many first footage that I bear in mind seeing after Magic Kingdom opened confirmed the well-known stretching room on the Haunted Mansion. It is a room the place a bunch of friends are gathered collectively and the place the story of the experience actually begins. At Magic Kingdom, that room is just being ignored so as to preserve massive teams from crowding collectively indoors. As an alternative, the doorways of the room merely sit open and friends stroll a path from one finish to the opposite, and proceed on their approach by way of the mansion.
Besides that will not work at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. At Walt Disney World, the stretching room works by having the ceiling of the room transfer upwards, however at Disneyland, the identical impact is dealt with by having the ground transfer downward. The stretching room is an precise elevator at Disneyland, and the remainder of the attraction is discovered beneath floor degree. This implies the Haunted Mansion cannot operate at Disneyland with out the stretching room. So how is that going to work? Seeing certainly one of Disneyland’s marquee points of interest closed even after the park has an opportunity to open could be terrible.
Disneyland’s Native Recognition
Walt Disney World is among the single hottest trip locations on the planet. Folks journey not solely from all around the nation, however all around the world to go to. This truth has been each a blessing and a curse through the period of COVID-19. The straightforward truth is it hasn’t been too sophisticated for Walt Disney World to handle the crowds nowadays as a result of the crowds are largely staying residence. Even when folks felt comfy going to Walt Disney World, the steps required to get there are doubtless seen as an excessive amount of. This implies the park is visited largely by locals proper now, which is a small fraction of the variety of folks that might usually be there.
Whereas Disneyland actually welcomes friends from all around the world as nicely, the variety of worldwide friends and people from out of state make up a considerably smaller proportion of a median day’s attendance. Disneyland finds itself within the coronary heart of Southern California, one of the vital populated areas on the planet, and much more folks from the native space go to Disneyland on a traditional day than they do Walt Disney World. That is solely going to make managing these folks that rather more troublesome. No matter constitutes “max capability” at Disneyland, the resort has a a lot larger probability of hitting it regularly.
None of that is to say that Disneyland Resort cannot deal with these distinctive challenges, and I significantly doubt I am saying something right here that hasn’t already been thought of by the powers that be at Disneyland Resort. There’s most likely already a plan in place to take care of these issues. I firmly imagine that Disneyland can just do pretty much as good a job managing friends throughout a pandemic because it does usually. Nevertheless, it is also true that the Walt Disney World answer will not be capable of completely translated to Disneyland. There’ll have to be inventive options for these distinctive issues. I actually hope to see these inventive options sooner somewhat than later.