With many visitors to the Walt Disney World Resort being international tourists (particularly from the United Kingdom) news from the White House that restrictions will soon be lifted for fully vaccinated international travelers will certainly be welcome
Beginning November 8, 2021, fully vaccinated visitors will be able to travel to the United States from European countries as well as China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil. Before boarding any flights arriving in the United States, travelers will be required to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test taking within 72 hours of their travels.
The international tourism market in the United States has taken a massive hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with some of the destinations most affected by the lack of European visitors being National Parks in the western United States, large cities like Los Angeles and New York, and the Walt Disney World Resort.
Walt Disney World is the most visited tourist destination in the world, with an average attendance of about 58 million visitors per year (in normal times, this number will obviously have shifted due to COVID-19.) European and Asian travelers, especially those from the UK make up a fair portion of that visitation. In normal times, Disney even regularly offered some tempting deals to help save on Walt Disney World vacations that were exclusive to visitors coming from overseas.
We think that the further opening of US borders is a welcome sign of things really starting to return to normal, and we hope that increased visitation has positive impacts on not only Walt Disney World but the US travel and tourism industry as a whole. Staffing throughout the industry has been challenging since the start of the pandemic however, and increased visitation without increased staff is certainly a concern.
We will keep you updated on any further news regarding the reopening of the industry and its effects on the Walt Disney World Resort.