most-visited theme parks in America last year are welcoming guests once again.All of Central Florida's top theme parks are open. That means that eight of the 12
But just because two-thirds of the country's top parks are open doesn't mean that the industry is back to normal. Far from that, in fact.
Parks are limiting their capacities in order to protect safe physical distancing between guests (and employees). And that's just one of the many new health and safety procedures in the parks, including mandatory use of masks, abundant hand sanitizer stations, and enforced spacing between parties on ride vehicles and in theaters.
Parks also have dumped meet and greets and shows that bring people close together. Want to see your favorite character? Wave while they drive by... from a distance, of course.
So what's the upside of visiting a park in these conditions? Notice the lack of crowds.
Toy Story Mania and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror were walk-ons today. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Avatar Flight of Passage were under 20 minutes. For some fans, the hassle of masks, advance reservations and all the other new procedures are worth enduring to get those low, low wait times.
But others simply don't want to deal with the masks and other new rules. And some people aren't willing to take any risk while this pandemic continues, even if local officials have said that they have not seen any outbreaks connected to the parks.
And many potential Orlando-area tourists couldn't visit even if they wanted to, due to international and even interstate travel restrictions.
So, I ask you this question...
Obviously, if short wait times becomes too much of an attraction, those wait times cease to be that short. But we're a long way away from that point, given what we're seeing now inside the parks. If parks are going to be open, the industry needs some income to support that operation. I'm interested in hearing from you how likely they are to get that.Tweet
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