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.
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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.”
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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.

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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.”
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