Disney CEO Bob Chapek talks to CNBC on Disney World Reopening

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Today Disney submitted their plans for reopening the Walt Disney World theme parks. Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke to CNBC to talk about those plans.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek talks to CNBC on Disney World Reopening

Chapek said he would like the reopening experience to be as “quintessentially Disney” as possible. He also stated that Disney wanted to proceed with the reopening in the most responsible way possible.


Chapek did not discuss any specific number or percentage in terms of what “limited capacity” constituted, but this is because there is no government guidance as to theme park density. The number of people Disney allows into the park will be a function of the CDC’s 6-foot social distancing rule.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek talks to CNBC on Disney World Reopening

Observations and guidance in the first phase of reopenings will help determine increasing the number of guests allowed in the parks in later phases. Overall Disney doesn’t expect demand to be impacted.

Walt Disney World hotels are scheduled to reopen July 11 but Chapek did say not all hotels will reopen then. Disney is temporarily pausing new ticket sales and hotel reservations in order to focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations.

You can watch the whole interview below:

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