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Here’s how many people Disneyland could allow into the park even with social distancing

Disneyland could have 50% capacity even if it had social distancing measures in place.

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park features winding passageways where the epic tale of Princess Aurora is told through spellbinding dioramas. Inspired by the film’s original Eyvind Earle artwork, this iconic attraction features 3-dimensional displays, sound and stunning special effects. Don’t miss the climactic final scene, when Maleficent transforms into a fire-breathing dragon. (Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort)
Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park features winding passageways where the epic tale of Princess Aurora is told through spellbinding dioramas. Inspired by the film’s original Eyvind Earle artwork, this iconic attraction features 3-dimensional displays, sound and stunning special effects.
Christian Thompson, Disneyland Resort

A new data analysis suggests Disneyland could hold between 25,000 and 30,000 visitors per day — even with social distancing measures — if they reopened during the coronavirus pandemic, The Orange County Register reports.

  • Thinkwell Group estimates Disneyland could hold about 50% capacity, even with COVID-19 policies in place.

Brad Kissling, from Thinkwell Group, found this number by creating a theoretical estimation of how major theme parks could reopen. Disney and Universal often attract 10 million visitors a year.

  • The group suggested Disneyland had about 545 per acre before the COVID-19 pandemic. If the park cut those numbers in half, it could reopen safely with about 25,000 visitors a day — about half the amount of people who typically visit the park in day.
  • “There is a lot that goes into calculating the daily attendance and densities,” Thinkwell’s Kissling told The OC Register in an email. “So it’s better to make estimates using big windows — such as 50,000 to 60,000 daily pre-COVID or with COVID 25,000 to 30,000 daily.”

An update on theme parks reopening

Disneyland and Universal Studios sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this week, urging the state to allow theme parks to reopen amid the pandemic, as I wrote about for Deseret.com.

Specifically, the California Attractions and Parks Association called on Gov. Newsom to issue guidelines for amusement parks in the letter.

According to Deadline, CAPA executive director Erin Guerrero wrote in her statement:

  • “California’s amusement parks urge the governor to issue amusement park guidelines expeditiously so these vital community attractions can reopen their doors in a responsible manner and get residents back to work.”