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Is Disney World really operating at 25% capacity?
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Walt Disney is turning heads this week with its dramatic shift to consumer-direct content distribution, but a less publicized nugget out of CEO Bob Chapek on Monday afternoon was the confirmation that its Florida theme parks were still capping attendance at 25% of their capacity.
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Anecdotal evidence would seem to suggest otherwise. Disney parks certainly seem more crowded now than they were earlier this summer after reopening. With the state recently loosening restrictions for theme park operators, is Disney World really operating at 25% of its capacity? There are some good reasons to take Disney on its word.
Let's first clear up a popular misconception about what it means that Disney World is limiting admissions to 25% of its capacity. This does not mean that the world's most visited theme park resort is entertaining just a quarter as many visitors as it did a year earlier. Capacity is actually the number of people allowed at any of the parks before Disney has to lock its turnstiles to play nice with fire code, an event that rarely happens outside of the Christmas and New Year holidays.