In 2019, Disney saw more than 18 million visitors pass through its doors. 2020 was about to be another big year, but then COVID struck and the doors to the happiest place on Earth were forced to close. While Disney was hoping it could reopen quickly to mitigate the damage, theme parks remained closed for a record 412 days.
Disneyland Resort was only open for about 2.5 months before it was scheduled to close, resulting in an 80% drop in Southern California theme park attendance, with just over 3 million visitors. people in 2020.
However, things are changing and attendance is once again on the rise. According to a report by Placer.ai via The Orange County Register:
Disneyland attendance was just 25% below 2019 levels when the parks reopened on April 30 after a state-mandated 412-day coronavirus shutdown, according to the Placer.ai report.
Disneyland attendance soared to around 35% from 2019 levels in early June and to over 60% after California state officials lifted most COVID-19 health and safety restrictions on the 15th. June, according to the report.
In July, daily Disneyland attendance was over 75% from 2019 levels, according to the report.
Disneyland attendance growth slowed slightly in early August in part due to the increase in COVID-19 cases linked to the Delta variant, but continued to rise in late summer after the brief drop, according to the report.
At the end of August, Disneyland attendance reached nearly 85% of 2019 levels, according to the report.
Disneyland, along with other California theme parks like Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott’s Berry Farm, couldn’t bounce back as quickly as other out-of-state theme parks due to the fact that California had put in places strict reopening and capacity guidelines until mid-June 2021.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Disney theme parks are slowly increasing their capacity, determining what numbers parks can handle to keep guests and actors safe. However, Disney has been silent on their actual capacity or what they are currently at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
While it’s unclear whether Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park are about to operate at full capacity, guests are noticing the increase in crowds as reservations for magic key holders are booked weeks in advance. .
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