The biggest question driving the theme park industry right now is this — when will guests start coming back?
Obviously, some fans have been coming back to parks already this year. Many regional parks across the country have been reporting that reservations are sold out on certain dates for their weekend Halloween events. Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World have hit their capacities on a few dates, as well.
But all parks across the United States, and many around the world, are operating under capacity limits as they work to protect safe physical distancing. So even a "sold out" day falls far below what parks typically expect at this time of year. Some locations are allowing parks to increase their capacity limits, but that won't fill the parks if people do not want to come.
The travel industry is hurting right now, worldwide, as people stay home during this pandemic — whether that is by choice, by necessity, or by regulation. As a result, theme parks are laying off tens of thousands of employees, with attraction design and production firms cutting back, too. Few companies want to commit to new projects until they see some promise that fans will return.
So when will you return?
I suspect that the answer for many readers depends upon how this pandemic goes. If you are planning to sit out theme park trips until there's a vaccine or the pandemic otherwise ends, please answer with whatever your best guess might be as to when that might happen. And if parks near you are closed, preventing you from visiting, please give your best guess as to when they might reopen, allowing you to return.
But if you otherwise are good to go, please tell us approximately when you will be making your next visit.
Whenever you plan to visit a park — or not, thank you for continuing to read Theme Park Insider. Your continued support allows us to keep bring you theme park news and commentary, whether the parks near you are open or not. And if you'd like to provide extra support for the site, please consider shopping our travel partner's inventory of discounted theme park tickets.
* * *
We wanted you to read this article before we make our newsletter pitch, unlike so many other websites. If you appreciate that — and our approach to covering theme park news — please sign up for our free, three-times-a-week email newsletter. Thank you.
This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.