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Disney CEO sees theme parks returning to full capacity this fall

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Disney’s chief executive said he believes Disney World and Disneyland will reach full capacity this fall — but admitted that the theme parks are still hammering out some of the details.

At a virtual tech-and-media conference hosted by JPMorgan on Monday, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said theme park guests will experience more relaxed safety protocols from now until the end of September as COVID-19 restrictions ease nationwide and vaccinations rise.

Already, Disney World customers are experiencing those changes as the park dropped its outdoor mask mandate.

Nevertheless, the Mouse House also is debating social distancing policies like “the famous zero feet, versus six feet versus three feet,” Chapek said. While those issues are being figured out, the CEO noted that international travel remains a “wildcard” and that a full-capacity global reopening would vary by park.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek says the company will relax restrictions on a case-by-case basis.AP

For instance, while Disneyland Paris is reopening its doors on June 17, there’s a new COVID surge in Japan that has caused Tokyo Disneyland to cap its hours and attendance.

Disney World in Orlando, Fla., reopened at limited capacity last July, while Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., only