It appears that reduced-capacity crowds are here to stay at Disney Parks.
Recently, we at Disney Fanatic shared that Disney executives were intentionally keeping the Park attendance low at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, arguing that it increased the overall Guest experience. Now, it appears that same sentiment is being implemented overseas.
In its 2024 Medium-Term Plan, the Oriental Land Company (OLC), owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba Prefecture, stated in its plan to “Enhance Guests’ experience value,”
The OLC Group will aim to offer a comfortable Park environment by bringing down the daily attendance limit to below the level before the COVID-19 pandemic started. Furthermore, the Group will take flexible actions to meet diversifying Guest needs and roll out decisive new measures to help Guests find new experience value, thereby enhancing the value they gain from experience.
The OLC elaborated further on this matter, saying,
By bringing down the daily attendance limit from the pre-pandemic level, the OLC Group will aim to provide a Park environment that offers consistent comfort whenever Guests visit. The appeal of the Parks will be further enhanced with the addition of new contents to be launched during the new Medium-term Plan period including Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs and the remodeling of existing facilities. Furthermore, the Group will offer new optional experiences in an effort to meet Guests’ high expectations and needs. The execution of such measures aims at ensuring high-quality Park experiences, which will hopefully lead to increased earnings.
They also argue that lower overall attendance will hopefully “minimize the difference in attendance.” Disney World Guests noticed this phenomenon when the post-holiday “slow season” in January appeared to have been completely eliminated.
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This news comes as the Tokyo Disneyland announced major refurbishment plans to its Tomorrowland Section, including a complete reimagining of Space Mountain. Its new Toy Story hotel also just opened.
It should be noted that while smaller crowds in the Parks can lead to a better overall Guest experience, the limitations have led to increased trouble for Guests to be able to experience the magic the Parks have offered. Only time will tell how these attendance plans will affect the image of Disney Parks in the long term and the walks down , the Monorail rides on the , the shorter lines for rides like , and every other part of the and experience will be improved.
In the meantime, we at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Park news as more developments come to light.